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Gazette Monthly | October Edition
Guest Quote of the Month

" The place is magical. Beautiful surroundings, caring staff, gentle horses, every time we go our experience supersedes any expectations we may have. "
September 10, 2018 - D.D
October 17, 2018

A Message from John Lovelace, President and CEO of the Flying U Ranch:

Wow what a year! In fact this season was a banner year for the ranch in guest registrations.  But more importantly most of the guests reserved for next season before they left so 2019 is already looking fantastic.  Much of the credit goes to the outstanding staff that we have developed over the past few years headed up by Victoria in the office, Steve and Angela in the barn, Kim and Leanne in the Kitchen, Nancy in accounting and Cathie who stepped in this year in our housekeeping department. A special thanks to our Sheriff, Bob Divers. Also as we add more and more activities for the children like archery, tubing, talent show, the Ranch is truly evolving into a family resort.

Special thanks to all the guests who share in the passion of keeping this historic ranch going. 

See you next year!

Here at the Ranch, we are proud to stay that we have and maintain a 5 Star rating! 

12 Great New Initiatives for 2018 

2018 was a banner year for the ranch with many new programs offered to our guests 
Here in no particular order are the new activities launched in 2018. 
1. Equine Department 
As our guests requirements are changing so are the dynamics of our herd. With recent expansion we are drawing many new riders to the ranch. To meet the demands we are bringing in 20 new horses suited to less advanced riders. So far we have added 8 horses to our herd this year. Through the winter our wranglers will be hopping on these guys to get them used to the area so they are guest ready for the start of 2019.

Poppy - 14 year old pinto mare
Pearl - 15 year old arab mare
Rain - 11 year old morgan mare
Charm -  17 year old quarter horse mare
Breeze -  12 year old quarter horse mare
Jessica - 21 year old morgan mare
Simon - 9 year old hackney cross gelding
Ted - 18 year old Standardbred gelding

2. Wrangler For A Week Program 

The response to our wrangler weeks was awesome. We had a full camp in April to open the ranch and then again this fall wrangler week was a big hit. The dates for the 2019 weeks are posted in next years schedule posted below. Thanks everyone for pitching in.

3. Bring Your Parents To Camp Week    
Our inaugural Wild West Adventure Camp was launched this year. It was so successful that in 2019 the entire ranch will be set aside for the camp. That's because 90% of the folks who came out last year rebooked. The idea behind the camp is that during the day time the kids get a regular organized camp activity while the parents can take it easy and ride on their own. And in the evening everyone gets together for family activities such as fireside chats, talent shows and games. Families who are interested in our camp should book now to avoid missing out. 

  4. Waterfront 

What sets the Flying U apart from other ranches is our fantastic lakefront location on the crystal clear Green Lake. In 2018 we expanded our waterfront equipment with a new power boat, new sailboat and regular supervised waterfront activities. Of this tubing was the most popular everyday feature at 4:00 pm. 

5. New Guest Orientation 
This summer we started a full navigation and emergency response program for all riders. This gives our guests knowledge of the ranch trails and how to navigate both with old school techniques and modern navigation GPS aids. This really helps our guests navigate in our 60,000 acre range. 


6. Archery

Archery was a big hit in 2018 in our new expanded archery range which we cleaned up during our Spring Wrangler Week. 

7. Flying U Got Talent 
Late in the season we launched our Friday night talent show which we adapted from our school program. People old and young get together for Friday night showcase of their musical, singing, juggling, comedy acts. We also give any guest the opportunity to showcase a family skit right after dinner in the dining lodge.

8. Strawberry Fields Park 
Ceremony Site
We have developed a lush parkland setting overlooking Spring Lake just past the archery field. This was used for both a wedding location and also for our Scouts Canada Camp. It's away from the ranch so gives people a separate secluded location without disturbing our regular guest activities. 

9. Range Management 
This year we have implemented a rotational range use plan for moving our horses to separate pastures. In addition to this we have added 2000 acres in Taylor Lake pasture.   

10. Meet The Neighbours Weekend
Every Saturday night we opened up the ranch to our community to give our wonderful neighbours a chance to come and enjoy the ranch. It was a huge hit and we were able to meet new neighbours and say hello to the familiar faces. In 2019 to kick off the neighbours weekend on the Victoria Day Weekend we have a huge special headliner. 


11. Sunday Nights Line Dancing
With inspiration from a guest we have started doing line dancing on Sunday nights! It became a huge hit with the guests and was filled with fun and laughter as the staff learned the dances along side with our guests. 

12. Horse Bingo on Friday Nights

Our head wrangler Angela came up with the great idea for horse bingo! The guests are put into groups of 4 people and are given a bingo card along with a list of the descriptions of the horses. The first group to find the correct horses out in the pasture with a bingo line wins a prize! This give our guests a great working knowledge of all the members of our herd. 

Important Dates for 2019

Spring Wrangler for a week event
April 29 - May 3

Victoria Day Long Weekend 
May 17 - 20

Vancouver Technical Secondary School Stay
May 20 -24

Special Open House with a surprise performer. 
May 18

Duchess Park Secondary School Stay
June 3 - 7

Canada Day Long Weekend 
June 28 - July 1

Wild West Adventure Camp 
July 1 - 5
**80% full**

August Long Weekend 
August 2 - 5

Labour Day Long Weekend 
August 30 - September 2

Wrangler Week Group A 
October 7 - 11

Thanksgiving Weekend
October 11 - 14

Wrangler Week Group B 
October 15 - 18

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