RTR guest Frances Hampson-Jones

I first came to the ranch from the U.K. in 2007. It was to be my holiday of a lifetime but I've now spent 17 of the happiest weeks of my life here (I am writing this in March 2023). I was lucky to find my horse of a lifetime here too. Holliday has been at the ranch since 1996 and his longevity is testament to the care taken of all the horses. I'll be back again this September for two weeks and look forward to meeting you then.

September 2014 Here we come

By on September 20th, 2013

I haven’t made any blog entries for a while as my next trip to paradise (aka Rainbow Trout Ranch) seemed so far away, but now that we have the flights all booked up for next fall (my American is improving, I remembered not to say ‘autumn’) it seems closer. Yes, September 2014, Here we come! […]

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Riding Western in the UK – getting ready for our Colorado dude ranch visit

By on November 3rd, 2012

I am planning a family reunion for a big birthday in 2016, and where else would I want to be but Rainbow Trout Ranch! So we already thinking about it. Two of my four girls have been dude ranching before, but the other two haven’t. Two of their husbands have never even sat on a […]

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At Rainbow Trout Ranch at last

By on October 1st, 2012

Having made it to the ranch at last, I thought I would share just one day of my two weeks in paradise at Rainbow Trout Ranch. On this particular day, I woke to hear the welcome sound of footsteps on my balcony, heralding the arrival of hot coffee! As I crept out of my cosy […]

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83 days to go until I arrive at Rainbow Trout, my Colorado Dude Ranch

By on June 14th, 2012

  My trip is getting closer! My last blog was about ways to get to the ranch, so what have we decided to do this year? We are flying into Denver on September 4th, but we don’t get to the ranch until Sunday the 9th, so we have a few days with which to play. […]

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Getting to the Ranch…

By on May 11th, 2012

I’m pleased to say I am typing this with two hands again as the wrist is on the mend. Only one more week in this horrid splint. Horray! Although we have had our flights to the ranch booked for months, there is still plenty to think about in terms of a route. If you look […]

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More Getting Ready for My Colorado Dude Ranch Holiday

By on April 19th, 2012

The jeans have arrived! Thank you e-bay! They came straight to my front door with no nasty UPS man demanding a small fortune before he would hand them over. The site is http://stores.ebay.co.uk/peachstatewholesale, and the Q-Baby Ultimate riding jeans were $27.99. The tag said $59.99. The postage was $19.25, but I paid more than that […]

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My Favorite Colorado Dude Ranch Horse and More

By on April 3rd, 2012

Well , it is 1pm here in sunny England. It is an extraordinary 23 degrees here (now that is not freezing point, as in Fahrenheit it is nearly 75 degrees and very warm), but am I outside enjoying this mad March weather? Am I heck! I am chained to my desk as usual, transcribing interviews. […]

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Blog of an RTR Guest

By on March 29th, 2012

My name is Frances, and I have been lucky enough to visit RTR three times (2007/9/10), and I am very excited about my next visit in September this year. I am even more excited about 2016 when I am planning to bring my whole family to celebrate a BIG birthday. I won’t tell you which […]

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