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by Susan Allen, click here for bio
Program: Open Range
Date: September 02, 2011
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It always warms my heart to meet someone who lives out their dreams, even better when they turn that dream and passion into a vocation. I’m Susan Allen and when Open Range returns I’ll tell you about a woman who is doing just that by promoting her ranching heritage. Jody Dahl a Montana rancher and guest ranch owner is on a mission not only to promote the ranch life style but also what she calls the “lost art of genuine western hospitality”. You see Jody is a matchmaker of sorts, through her company and website www.Top50Ranches.com she connects guests with a ranch or riding vacation that meets or exceeds their expectations. The ranches featured on Top50ranches .com have been vetted as aggressively as a tea party candidate and while they range from small family-run spreads to sprawling luxurious thousand acre estates each must meet Jody’s strict criteria. One, they must offer distinctive riding opportunities, be it breathtaking natural beauty or activities like cattle drives, horsemanship clinics or safaris. It’s also critical ranches exhibit gracious hospitality making each guest feels special through accommodations, food and dining. Yet the most important quality to make Ms. Dahl esteemed list is simply representation. Ranches from Agrentina, Africa to Idaho must be who they state they are, no fabrication to make a booking. And from someone who has had family members vacation’s destroyed by a ranch with Tetons dubbed in on the brochure this is a reason enough to visit the www.Top50Ranches.com website before you consider a guest or dude ranch or riding holiday.
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