• Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins

Riding Adventures for All Levels of Experience Riding Adventures for All Levels of Experience

Whether you’re an experienced rider or have never put your foot in a stirrup, you will find a riding experience at Sylvan Dale that fits you perfectly.

Our horses are known for their quality and responsiveness. Our horses are known for their quality and responsiveness.

The majority of our horses are born, raised and trained right here on our Ranch.

Every spring, four to six new foals are welcomed into the Sylvan Dale herd. For over 50 years we've registered horses with the American Quarter Horse Association.

Our mounts learn the ropes under the masterful hand of our professional horse trainer Barry McAleenan. Barry says “he's never met a Sylvan Dale horse he didn't like!”

Each month we'll feature a new horse as "Horse of the Month"

NOTE: You can click the small thumbnails to enlarge the photo.

Meet Our Horse of the Month Meet Our Horse of the Month

November's Horse of the Month — Pure Jolly Rancher

Cowboy

Pure Jolly Rancher

Pure Jolly Rancher has been a ranch favorite for as long as he's been a Dude horse. Sired by Sparkie Y Sweet, this great horse was born to Pure Doc in 1999.

His siblings are Sunset, Two Socks, Hollywood, and Spirit.

A plainly handsome sorrel gelding, JR has always been very willing to work, very cowy, and super smooth to ride. He does prefer to ride the trail…especially if it involves moving cattle somewhere.

Responsive, sweet, and playful, JR will no doubt try very hard to please his rider. And on a hot day, you might see him playing in the water. :)

October's Horse of the Month — Mr. J Sweet

Mr. J Sweet

Mr. J Sweet

For the month of October, we want to take a moment to recognize our Mr. J Sweet. As many of you may already know, we did lose this sweet soul during the Big Thompson Flood.

He was a ranch bred sorrel gelding, sired by Sparkie Y Sweet. His dam was Two Eyed Blue Miss, the mother of Dancer as well.

Mr. J was fortunate to have been named after Maurice Jessup, Susan and David’s father! He was a stout and sturdy boy suitable for almost everyone. His gaits were so smooth that you felt as if you were riding in a cadillac.

Mr. J SweetMr. J was loved by all who had the pleasure of his company due to his puppy dog expressions and kind nature. As he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we know he was welcomed by his stable mates and SDR relatives. We will certainly miss him!

September's Horse of the Month — Cowboy

Cowboy

Cowboy

Cowboy, a cream colored buckskin gelding, has become one of the most requested mounts at Sylvan Dale. Born in 1996 out of Judy and by Sylvan, Cowboy enjoys working both in the arena and on the trail with any skill level.

Both children and adults alike love competing in Gymkhana events with Cowboy since he's such a well-rounded horse. But watch out when you turn that 3rd barrel towards home because he really wants to win that blue ribbon! And since Cowboy's bloodlines date back to the great cutting horse sire, Doc Bar, he is surely true to his name and great at working with cows.

Cowboy's full sisters are Jewell and Valley Girl. All three of them love helping to jingle the horses and roundup the cows, pinning their ears back as a message to others to move out of their way.

August's Horse of the Month — Foxy Trail West

Foxy Trail West

Foxy Trail West

Foxy Trail West, a tall palomino mare with a small star on her forehead and a sizable dark spot on her right hind leg, has become a ranch favorite.

Foxy exhibits a curious, alert, and athletic way of going. When she has the chance to take the lead, she loves to stretch her legs and walk out.

Being that she's a mare, she sometimes makes faces at other horses, but that is no reflection on her friendly and loving nature as a mount.

Foxy Trail West and RiderFoxy has learned a lot about working with cows and has become a steady, dependable girl. Foxy was born in 2004 and was out of Sun Sails (Cassie's mother) and sired by Dusty.

Her siblings are Heart J Lady and Silky. Come out and give her a try this year!

July's Horse of the Month — Cassie

Cassie

Cassie

Cassie is a blood bay mare with a small white marking on her forehead and a JVL brand on her left shoulder. She came to the ranch in 2003 from Lost Valley Ranch after most of their pastures had been burned during the Hayman Fire.

For five years, Cassie raised foals for the string! Now she has retired from being a broodmare and is one of the most reliable guest horses here.

All ages and abilities just love riding her comfortable gaits.

Cassie does prefer to ride on the trail versus in the arena, but she will of course do both. She also loves to work with the cows!

CassieSome of Cassie's foals (Tee Cross, Sugar T, and Sandy) have followed their mother's footsteps, turning out be smooth reliable mounts!

June's Horse of the Month — Dillon

Dillon

Dillon

Dillon came to Sylvan Dale from Lazy U 2 Ranch in 2002. He’s a sorrel gelding with a distinctive roman nose, a large star that blends into a stripe, and a left hind sock. He also has an old scar on his left hip and a lazy U2 brand on his left shoulder.

Dillon is one of Lonnie’s favorite horses! You might see him jingling the horses down to the barn, leading rides, or being the pack horse for a breakfast ride. Being that he proves to be such a solid mount, he is suitable for any rider. As he gets older, he will be used mainly by children and light riders for shorter length rides only.

DillonIn the herd, you will often find Dillon hanging out alone. He does tend to be at the low end of the pecking order. While mounted, he does not like horses behind him for fear that they might bite at him! To respect Dillon’s wishes, we place him towards the back of a ride. Unless of course he’s being the wranglers’ horse in which case he feels so special that he can be quite the gentleman. ;)

May's Horse of the Month — Apache

Apache

Apache

Apache was purchased from the weekend head wrangler, Lonnie Salyer, in 2008. He is a buckskin paint gelding.

Apache used to be one of Lonnie’s roping horses, but since he didn’t have a need for speed, he just did not thrive at the sport.

This honest gelding has settled in very well at Sylvan Dale though. He loves working with the cows and taking our guests on trail rides! And his colorful markings make him very easy to spot in the herd.

ApacheApache has also become very popular with the equine ladies and will usually hang out with Colorado and a small harem.

April's Horse of the Month — Amigo

Amigo

Foaled in 1999, Amigo arrived at Sylvan Dale in 2006 with Cisco and LaGarita from LaGarita Ranch.

Amigo is a sorrel gelding with 3 socks and a blaze. He’s a great big friendly horse as well as a steady and hardy trail climber.

Amigo heads up our Adventure Rider Program with Krista as his beloved rider.

AmigoHe also enjoys working with cattle, taking out trail rides, or winning Barrel and Pole events at our Friday afternoon Gymkhanas during the summer season. Amigo’s best friend is Pardner.

March's Horse of the Month — Tee Cross Baron

Tee Cross Baron

Tee Cross Baron

Foaled in 2004, "Tee Cross" is a nice big stout bay gelding.

For such a big guy, he has the sweetest little pony face that you could just hug and kiss him all day long. I’m not sure he would like that so I wouldn’t recommend trying. He thinks he’s a big tough cow horse.

Tee Cross is proving to be a wonderful trail horse, very solid and sure footed. He really likes to go on the cattle drives the best, and is bred to be a great cow horse. His mother is "Tivios Cross Bar" aka. "Cassie" or "Mama Cass" as I call her. She has been one of our best guest horses since her retirement from being a broodmare.

Tee Cross Baron Tee Cross’ sire is "Gold Dust Trail" a palomino stallion whose bloodlines go back to one of Sylvan Dale’s foundation sires, "Baronet Bar." Tee Cross has a full brother, a palomino named "Sparkie Bar Rancher" and a full sister, a bay named "Sugar Tee Trail."

February's Horse of the Month — Heart-J Lady

Sundance Kid

Heart-J Lady

Heart-J Lady was born on May 12, 2007 the morning of the services held for Mayme Jessup who had passed away January 9th. All the Jessup family and friends were there to honor the memory of Mayme and her beloved Maurice, who's services were held on May 12, 1993.

It was a beautiful bright sunny morning and I came out early to see if Sun Sails had foaled. There she was, a beautiful little palomino filly, peeking out from behind her mother. She had long straight legs and large dark eyes fringed with beautiful white eyelashes. She was very shy just like her two sisters before her. Right away I thought we should name her "Heart-J Lady" in honor of Mayme Jessup. Mayme was known as the Heart in the Heart-J brand.

Heart-J Lady's bloodlines trace back to three of Sylvan Dale's best sires, Sparkie Y Sweet, Baronet Bar, and Thirsty's Sandy. Her mother "Sun Sails" carries the blood of many famous cow horses. Heart-J Lady has two full sisters, "Foxy Trail West," and "Silky Trail West," both are beautiful palominos. There is one baby brother, a sorrel named "Gold Dust Rustler."

Heart-J Lady I really enjoyed halter training and doing the kids program with Heart-J Lady as she is kind, willing and likes attention. Our trainer Barry McAleenan completed Heart-J Lady's training and has turned her over to the wranglers to finish her trail training before our guests begin riding her.

She is a smart sensitive horse who should be great at trails and cattle work. Guests should be riding her sometime in 2013.

January's Horse of the Month — Sundance Kid

Sundance Kid

Sundance Kid

"Sundance Kid" was foaled in 1990 near North Platte, Nebraska, and was originally registered as "Bar L Chip’s Victor" — quite a mouthful!

"Kid" and his older half brother,"Bar L Nu-Mario" came upstream to Sylvan Dale in 1993 as "Newt" and "Vic," two tons of magnificent Belgian horses.

Both seemed mighty relieved to get their new western names and get down to work.

Sadly, "Kid's" half brother "Butch Cassidy" died in 2007.

"Kid" continued to work with new partners, pulling countless hayrides for "Dude Ranch" and holiday guests, family reunions, retreats, and company picnics …and harrowing the Main Arena and the occasional pasture.

Hundreds of folks from around the world have had their first introduction to "heavy horses" guiding him around the small arena with “gee” and “haw” and the slightest touch of those long lines…or hitching him to the training cart for a jog around the Main Ranch.

Now semi-retired, gentle and willing as ever, "Kid" is the ideal "lesson horse."

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