Horseback Riding in Wyoming

Peggy Brown Centered Riding Clinic


Peggy Brown is a Level IV Centered Riding and Driving Clinician from Toledo, Ohio who was honored to be trained directly by Sally Swift and Susan Harris.  She is classified as an Expert Instructor and Instructor Educator by the American Riding Instructor Association and was honored to be named the 2005 Instructor of the Year. Peggy generously shares her years of experience in competing, handling and training horses and riders in all disciplines including hunter, jumper, dressage, western, games and speed events, combined and pleasure driving, and trail competition. The Bitterroot Ranch Centered Riding Clinic will deal directly with practical advice on how Centered Riding applies to the real world of ranch and trail riding.  Riders will learn how to balance and help their horse in rough terrain and how to remain confident and in control in real life situations.  A good ranch rider learns to protect and take care of their own body as well as their horse’s body in order to go the distance and spend the hours in the saddle that real western trail riding and ranch work can often demand.  Peggy explains the whys and how’s of safely negotiating the challenging terrain of the American West and provides inside information on how the horse perceives the world and how ranch horses are able do the amazing things that they do.

A firm believer in solid foundation training for horse and rider, Peggy helps riders learn to use their bodies wisely to prevent injury and to communicate clearly, in balance and harmony with their horse.  Working domestically and internationally, Peggy as the Visible Rider wears a bone suit that helps riders learn more about their own bodies and how the rider’s position affects the horse’s body.  She has taught riding and driving in North America, Australia, Iceland, Scandinavia, Japan, Egypt, Israel, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

Guests stay in comfortable log cabins on either side of the river which are situated for privacy and to afford magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

Meals are taken in the main lodge and particular attention is paid to the cuisine and wines served.

  • Overview:
    There are over 120 riding horses on the ranch, consisting mainly of Arabians and Quarter Horse crosses (14-16hh). The Arabian horses are raised and trained exclusively for the use of the guests, who often like to visit the mares and foals. The horses are trained western and are used to being neck reined; they do not go on contact. All guests are asked to post the trot and to stay in two point or galloping position for the canters and when climbing hills. This is important to us as it keeps the horses from getting sore backs.
  • Equipment Required:
    Helmets are required, there are some available to borrow.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Quarter horses, Arabians, draft crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    To suit riders
  • Tack:
    Western and Endurance
  • Weight limit:
    The ranch has a limited number of horses for riders over 180 lbs.

There are no separate activities planned for non-riders, who can take advantage of this unique location to fly fish, hike and visit with the ranch animals. With a rental car the town of Dubois is about 40 minutes away.

Hadley teaches four flowing yoga classes a week in the ranch’s yoga yurt, Monday and Wednesday afternoons, Friday mornings, and Saturday afternoons. The classes are designed to stretch the muscles that typically become sore during riding. They are friendly for people without much (or any!) yoga experience, but they also offer something to the more experienced yoga practitioner.

At the ranch. We can provide details for services for transportation from the Jackson Hole airport or the Riverton airport.

Trip Itinerary

Monday through Thursday will entail 4 hour sessions each morning followed by 2 hour trail rides in the afternoon where riders can integrate the concepts learned in their riding lesson in the spectacular terrain around the ranch.

Day 1

Sunday: Arrival in the afternoon and settle into your cozy log cabin. Meet your fellow clinic participants over cocktails and dinner.

Day 2

Monday: Investigating dynamic balance and grounding, on and off the horse

Day 3

Tuesday: Biomechanics of the 3 seats of the trot

Day 4

Wednesday: Awareness of lateral & longitudinal imbalances and the effect on your riding

Day 5

Thursday: Influencing transitions

Day 6

Friday: Morning and afternoon trail rides.

Day 7

Saturday: Enjoy a long picnic ride in the National Forest

Day 8

Sunday: Departure after breakfast.

Itinerary Addendum


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Trip Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
Sep 10, 2023
Sep 17, 2023

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $3,200

  • Single Supplement
  • $300
Additional Pricing Information:
A 10% gratuity charge will be added to the total. Per person, double occupancy. Ride price is set, guaranteed, and final at the time the deposit is paid.

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Contact Hadley Fox

The reason I chose Bitterroot was I wanted to become comfortable on a horse and ride most of the time. Each horse offered a new challenge, but provided a feeling of safety. The lessons were excellent and instructions simple. All the different abilities in the family were catered for.

Maxine and Mike Hill