BVR has to be right at the top for places to go and ride
It has come to my attention from a recent ad for Best of America by Horseback that you are looking for locations to consider for future shows. My friends and I recently stayed at Big Valley Ranch in Avoca, WI. Let me say that the accommodations were amazing. We rented the barn house which is a beautifully renovated barn with new stalls at the ground level and full living quarters above. There were beautiful outdoor roomy paddocks for our horses as well as paddocks available for those who may wish to camp.
Big Valley Ranch is situated on 800 acres with over 40 miles of trails. The trails vary from flat and grassy to steeper inclines for those who like more of a challenge. There are also streams to cross and to water the horses at. We were there in mid October so the fall colors were at peak making the trail scenery absolutely beautiful.
Most importantly, we had fantastic hosts. They take great pride in the ranch and it shows. We were made to feel welcome and at home from the moment that we pulled into the driveway. They took the time to show us where everything was, went over trail maps with us and provided us with tips about many of the trails in terms of views, steepness, water access, etc. They checked in on us throughout our stay to make sure we had everything we needed and to answer any questions we had. Everyone in my group also received a hand written thank-you note after our stay. A very nice personal touch that you don’t see much anymore.
Our group was so impressed that we already plan on returning next fall for another stay. We have stayed and ridden many places in the six years that I have been trail riding (Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Upper Michigan, Iowa and of course Wisconsin) and I would have to say that BVR has to be right at the top for places to go and ride. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
What a beautiful facility you have!
It was great meeting you Sunday at the Ride for Rescues. What a beautiful facility you have! It was clear that everyone had a terrific time.
You did a flawless job
I wanted to thank you again for all your efforts!! You did a flawless job. Everyone I have spoken to from the ride is very impressed with your facility, your hospitality & the extra everything you thought of. I will be back for your next ride & likely bring a group.
The facilities were wonderful, people were friendly and encouraging.
Thank you for a very nice ride on Sat. The facilities were wonderful, people were friendly and encouraging. The ride did a lot to boost myself and my friends confidence level and we are looking forward to doing another ACTHA ride and this time competing. (we rode as buddies). Thanks again.
We had a blast and would certainly come back to participate again!
Thanks for organizing such a great ride and outing last weekend. We had a blast and would certainly come back to participate again!
You all did so well on all the big and little details.
Thank you for traveling into unknown territory and sponsoring the ride!!!!! You all did so well on all the big and little details.
A joy to attend
We had a wonderful time!! Thank you so much for all your work. I am so very thrilled with my ribbon for the Saturday ride. It means so very much to me. I got my confidence back for riding again!!!! It was the best organized event I have ever been to, with wonderful and friendly people to help every step of the way. A joy to attend. Thanks again for everything.
The horse pens, camping, and hospitality were great!
Thank you and all your helpers and land owners! I had a wonderful time and would come back another time! In Eastern Wisconsin we have flat ground. Riding at Big Vally Ranch was the most challenging terrain that I have encountered since living in Wyoming! The horse pens, camping, and hospitality were great! You all did a great job with your first and second event!
Simply put, Big Valley Ranch is incredible
One word best describes our stay at Big Valley Ranch: WOW! Simply put, Big Valley Ranch is incredible. The Barn offered fantastic accomodations for our group of three families. From the John Wayne bathroom ("Take it easy there pardner!") to the dioramas in each bedroom, the attention to detail found throughout was amazing. We spent many nights playing pool, foosball, darts, and cards in the saloon; while during the day we explored the trails and land on the golf carts. Thank you so much for providing such a great venue and for making us feel welcome/at home.
Never before, have I seen or experienced such a warm & genuine welcome from a facility or a venue
What I am especially grateful for, was the superb hospitality that BVR extended to all the guests. Never before, have I seen or experienced such a warm & genuine welcome from a facility or a venue. I hope that you have no regrets for hosting this ride and will consider having more events in the future. If so, please keep me on your mailing list!!!
Accommodations for the horses are unmatched
If you haven't experienced Big Valley Ranch - you haven't ridden what I consider to be the best trails in the State! And, the accommodations for the horses are unmatched as well, IMO.