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Thank you again for an absolutely fabulous weekend. I think we were all a little “ranch sick” (as opposed to home sick) when we got home from our trip. When I was sitting at my desk (ugh) the Monday after our trip, I was daydreaming of being out on the range. The pictures I took helped, but it wasn’t the same as being out in the open country. I will definitely be back for a cattle drive and I can’t wait!
Jackie – Cowgirl Weekend 2012
Dear Joe and Nancy,
Just thought I’d say thank you for the stay at your ranch. I know I said thanks at the time, but thought I’d write just the same. You could not of done more for me and I enjoyed myself--riding for the first time in 20 years was good, even if putting the saddle on is something I have yet to master. Keep well.
David Thompson, England
Jackie Stephenson and three friends from England visited in April, 2012, and posted this video rendition of their visit!
(Note: the music is going to start almost immediately.)
Dear Joe, Nancy and Laramie,
Sarah and I can not stop talking about what an amazing experience it was as part of your family and home. We both never wanted to leave and cannot wait to get back out and see you all again. Joe, you have built something pretty special and if we achieve half of what you have, we will be so happy. Nancy, you are everything that people look for in a mother and wife, a truly amazing woman who has built a home to be so proud of. As for Laramie, in Laramie you have an incredible son. I expect Laramie to beat me at shooting next time we come over. We both hope that all of us can stay in touch over the years to come. We send our love to you all and are already planning our next trip!!!
Jamie and Sarah, England
Thank you so much for the amazing adventure. I had such as awesome time – even through the “little” rainstorm. It was so great to be able to make new memories with my dad. We both agreed, you all run a first-class operation.
Ross and I had a great time at your ranch last weekend. We especially enjoyed the opportunities to ride out and check on the cattle. The horses were good… and the hospitality extended to us was even better. We will recommend to our friends a ranch vacation at Moore Cattle Ranch.
John and I both wanted to say thank you for the wonderful cattle drive. It was wonderful getting to actually be a part of it – not just an observer. The food was great, now I am on the hunt for a dutch oven. I’d like to learn to cook in one. The horses we had were so well trained. We were very impressed. Thank you both for our patience with us. We both learned from you.
John and Kathy VanZee
Thank you for a week that I will never get over! The experience I had on the Moore Ranch was more than I ever would have imagined. It was everything I had hoped for and much, much more. The food you prepared was outstanding, and I appreciate the time you put into every meal to make us feel right at home. Everything was delicious! You made me feel right at home, and I felt as though I had known you all my life. Thanks for everything! The trail rides, the scenery, the experience branding and vaccinating, the herding up of the cows and being able to ride Biscuit and bond with Whiskey. Everything was outstanding.
We moved to Dodge City, KS from Southern New Jersey. I wanted to see a working ranch and ride while in the west. In June we visited the ranch for a three day excursion. Accompanying me was my 18 year old daughter and my “special” 11 year old neighbor from New Jersey, Ryan. Upon arrival at the ranch, Ryan and Sarah were extremely excited to go riding. Needless to say, Joe and Nancy were great hosts and Ryan remembers their kindness. Joe even went out of his way to give Ryan a great visit. Because Ryan has special needs, Joe took his time to teach him to ride and we were on our way in no time. Joe also arranged a cattle pick-up at 5 a.m. in the morning and Ryan got to ride in the cab of the cattle truck and loved it.
Nancy was very informative about the working of the ranch and how they make sure everything is in harmony with nature, and preserving their ranch. We rode everyday and checked on the longhorns, while riding. Joe and Nancy informed us of the local wildlife and fauna. The food and picnic was great. We loved the bunkhouses and had a great time.
I actually booked a day trip for my daughter and her boyfriend in August when they visited us before going back to college. This was her boyfriend’s first encounter with horses, and again Joe was great at showing him how to ride. The Moore Ranch is a great place. If you are looking for a life time experience and being treated as if you are a part of the family. This is the place to visit.
Deborah Wehrhan, Dodge City KS
Wow, what a week! Completely surpassed my expectations in every area, especially the professional way the entire week was planned and executed. Kudos to the entire Moore family!
And the day after the drive I drove to Dodge City and took Nancy's recommendation to visit the Boot Hill Museum (actually that was the only thing open so it worked out well). Doing so after the drive was terrific as I learned a lot about the old and new West, the Texas cattle drives, and much more about how your part of the country was settled in the late 19th century. It was wonderful to put the museum words together with something pretty close to the actual experience. A recommended stop for all your guests. Best Regards.
"I traveled alone to Kansas and stayed on Moore Ranch for 10 days. I was looking for an authentic ranching experience and Moore Ranch certainly delivered.
Moore Ranch is situated about 15 miles outside of Bucklin and raises Texas Long Horn Cattle. The set-up has remained pretty much unchanged over many years but for the addition of 7 guest cabins (bought from a local Motel – which is a story in itself!).
The ranch is expertly run by, husband and wife team - Joe and Nancy Moore, both of whom have been brought up on ranches and are experts in both ranching and hospitality!
The cabin that I stayed in was ideal for what was required. It was basic and functional, offering a small en-suite and a large double bed. The cabin was cool during the day and snug and cozy during the night. The ranch and cabins are extremely remote and the only noise that could be heard during the night was the occasional coyote!
I booked through Ranch America and was on a full–board rate. The meals were served in the ranch-house itself and prepared by Nancy. The food was based on traditional recipes and servings were generous – much needed after a day’s work. Nancy was both an excellent and imaginative cook, with a different breakfast offered every morning and a different supper in the evening and I can guarantee you will not taste a better steak!
Moore Ranch is a genuine working ranch and quite distinct from the manufactured ‘dude ranches’. As such planning an itinerary is almost impossible. The days are spent working alongside Joe doing whatever requires doing. Every day was extremely full and rewarding.
I had only ridden twice before arriving at the Ranch but Joe selected a horse from the twenty or so available that he was confident would suit my ability. He taught me the basics of riding and remained patient as my confidence grew. Without exaggeration, by the end of the first week, I was able to ride with confidence, over most terrains and most importantly didn’t feel a burden in the tasks that we faced.
The tasks that I was able to get involved with ranged from feeding the livestock, catching and saddling horses, checking and fixing fences, checking on new born calves and of course driving cattle.
It was the experience of a lifetime, organized and run in a professional yet friendly and relaxed environment, where every effort was made to ensure I got the most from my time. I was treated as one of the family and introduced to some very colorful family friends that made my holiday even more memorable.
Apart from Dodge City, which can be visited in a half day trip – you are quite isolated from any tourist attractions in the traditional sense. This is amply compensated for by the magnificent country, fascinating locals and outstanding hospitality. Moore Ranch is great destination if you are looking to experience a way of life not often found today. I would love to visit again."
Neil Old – From travel advisor website
Your hearts, personality and love for your life style come through all that you do. You are like three people who fit so perfectly with the natural environment around you and your animals.
I felt safe, secure and trusting of you and your skills, abilities and knowledge during the entire weekend. You can’t image the number of years that I have waited to get back in the saddle. Waited for a time that was right for me. After my sister died on April 7th, I knew it was time. Life is really too short, and I’ve wasted over 35 years waiting for me to get the courage to overcome a feat that I developed during that time. Joe, you and Nancy are the BEST! You not only have knowledge and skills with all you do, but most of all the patience that is needed with someone like me. Your confidence in me and patience was all that was needed.
I truly THANK GOD for people who continue to live the life that some of us really love. Thank you for being here on earth at this time in my life. Thank you Laramie for being such a NEAT KID!! You are truly blessed – you’ll see as life goes on. "
Hope to see you again soon.
Again, God Bless all of You!
"Hello from Iowa. Just a few lines to let you know that we all made it back home in good shape and already talking about the next time. We would like to thank THE MOORE RANCH and all the extra help for making our two days a memorable occasion and one that we will be talking about for some time. The boys were matched up good with mounts since none of them had spent much time in the saddle. It was a great gift for Father’s Day and my birthday. The food and hospitality was top notch and the atmosphere was fantastic. Again thanks a lot for an enjoyable trail drive and good food. Hope to hear form you soon. Good luck and God bless."
"Thank you for the ranching experience of last week. I really enjoyed the cattle drive and just experiencing what it might have been like when the cattle were driven up from Texas to the area. Of course we had it a lot better than they did. I have had to tell numerous people about the cattle drive and even though it was windy and sometimes cool all of them have wished they could have gone. I have given them your web address.
Thank you for the supper the night before the ride and I enjoyed visiting with you and your family. You made the experience great and the food was wonderful. Your wranglers were very helpful with this old guy and I enjoyed talking with them and all of the other riders. It’s fun to meet people from different walks of life and hear their stories. You have a special opportunity for people to experience the ranch life and I wish you well.
Thanks again for helping me learn more about this great country that we live in and it was fun to watch how good all of you ride and handle the livestock. My late dad would be proud to know that I was able to go on the cattle drive."