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Welcome to The Hideout

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The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive upscale riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch in Shell, WY (east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park). In addition to riding, working cattle and fly-fishing, we offer an array of non-riding activities and adventures such as trapshooting, archery, hiking, biking and scenic 4x4 vehicle tours.

The Hideout is limited to approximately 25 guests per week from all over the world and has access to over 120 horses for our guests. We offer a one to one staff to guest ratio and the owners and management are actively involved with the well-being of our guests. We are committed to the highest standards of culinary experience, lodging, inclusiveness (we speak 4 languages), staff, horses, and offer a personal, almost customized vacation. We are very multi-cultural and embrace diversity as an asset. We truly care about making your vacation the best ever!

Every year The Hideout books full well in advance of the season, mostly because of word of mouth and returning guests. As we do not plan to increase the number of guests that we host each week, please book your vacation well ahead of the season.

Riding, Roping, Reining, Keep those Horses Training!

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With the Extreme Mustang Challenge quickly approaching, Ramon has been working harder than ever with Castro. A portion of the competition involves correctly executing a reining pattern. This past week The Hideout was pleased to host Dominique Reynaud and Jean-Pierre MrArrot (JP), both of whom are top French horsemen specializing in reining competitions. Bet you didn’t know that Europe has a highly competitive reining circuit; top producing countries are France, Italy, and Belgium! (  Dominique and JP spent the week working with Ben and Ramon in the arena on the finer techniques of the sport. (Check out Dominique’s website

So what is reining exactly? According to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), founded in 1966, reining is a “judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena.” For the NRHA shows there are ten approved patterns and horse and rider must perform one of the ten patterns. Typically patterns involve small slow circles, flying lead changes, 360 degree spins done in place and, of course, the amazing sliding stops. ( for more info!)

(Watch 2007 NRHA Championship Ride

Under the tutelage of Ramon, and guidance of Ben, Castro is coming along. Our esteemed French guests remarked that Castro has good potential as a reining horse and there is no reason Ramon shouldn’t win the competition. Well, we agree with the last part for sure!

Other happenings this month is a “Wrangler Safety Training” that Ben, Shawn, Marijn, and Luke attended in Jackson Hole.  In June, Ben and Marijn will be going up to Billings for a two day “Horsemanship and Cattle” clinic with Richard Caldwell ( What does this mean for you the guest? That our wranglers have more info stuffed under their hats to share with you!

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