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The Wagon Wheel Bunkhouse, flood 2013

The Wagon Wheel Bunkhouse

Dear Friends of Sylvan Dale,

Shock and awe. Twice in two days.

First came the massive torrent that ripped through our beloved Sylvan Dale Ranch during the pre-dawn hours of Friday, September 13. Linda and I, and Susan and her Dave, couldn’t believe our eyes. How could another “500-year storm” happen only 37 years after the one that menaced our parents, Maurice and Mayme Jessup? This time, unbelievably, the destruction was even greater than the famous flood of 1976. You can view the damage on the video below. Read more on A Flood of Water; A Flood of Support…

What A Race It Was!

2013 USA Pro Challenge Stage 6 Recap


August 24, 2013 will be a busy and exciting day at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch as sixteen world-class professional cycling teams sprint by on the second to the last leg of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge — twice.   We’re Cranked!

USA Pro Challenge Sizzle Video

Staff and guests will get the opportunity to catch all the action of this once in a lifetime event as it passes by twice; the action will come from both directions as the peloton races by on the trek to Estes Park in the early afternoon, and again en route to Old Town Fort Collins, via County Road 27 and Masonville, for the Stage 6 finish.

2013 USA Pro Challenge, Stage 6: Loveland to Fort Collins

…contenders for the Leader Jersey will have only this stage left to make a move or lose it all. The outskirts of Loveland will see the racers off as they spend some early miles on the flat windswept plains passing through Windsor and back to Loveland. Then it’s up Big Thompson Canyon where things will heat up. Split north onto Devils Gulch, the race’s last King of the Mountains competition, before hitting Estes Park and back down Big Thompson. …(USAProCyclingChallenge.com)

Just two weeks to go!

We wish all the riders a safe and successful event, and a good time for all the fans and spectators. Visit the links below to learn more about the race (and the road closures).

Sylvan Dale "Bike" Ranch

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It’s gymkhana time at Sylvan Dale! For those of you who do not know what a gymkhana is, it is an event in which riders play games on horseback. Each week our guests participate in a gymkhana, and winners receive prizes!

The kids played against each other on the horse they were assigned to for the week. They played games such as pole bending, barrel racing, the boot scramble, the cow pie toss, and an egg and spoon race! Adults competed against each other as well and played similar games with added difficulty.

Where does “gymkhana” come from?

Gymkhana is a term that originated from Read more on Gymkhana Time!…

This past Halloween weekend Sylvan Dale attended the first Winter Market of 2010/11 in Fort Collins.

Jamie Folsom, a photographer for the Coloradoan caught our Heart-J Grass-finished Beef team, Lori, Mandy, and Dillon, having a great time.

Lori, Mandy and Dillon at the Winter Market

Lori, Mandy and Dillon at the Winter Market

“Winter” Market?

Unlike the cold and snowy weather somewhat typical around Halloween in Colorado, the weather was absolutely perfect for the event.

We hope you were able to get outside to enjoy this delightful Spring-like weekend.

Warm weather continues!

With continued temperate weather expected all week, we look forward to participating in the next Winter Market and hope to see everyone there. The weather is forecast to be near 70 next weekend!

Check BeLocal for Winter Market dates and times.

The recent show at Loveland’s historic Rialto Theater highlighted “Classical Music’s Most Wanted”. Photos taken at Sylvan Dale feature the antique coach at hilltop and some of our horses and were used for ads related to The Magnificent Seven in the Loveland Reporter Herald