Go Explore

Not only is Pine Ridge Dude Ranch an amazing family getaway, it’s also close to a treasure trove of fun, local excursions.

Arrowood Farm-Brewery

Farm, Brewery & Taproom located in Accord, NY. Enjoy a pint with friends on the patio, take in some breathtaking sunsets over their fields, and stroll through the dramatic trellis system of the expertly cultivated hop yard.

Bell’s Christmas Tree Farm

Family owned Christmas tree farm in Accord, New York, nestled between the Shawangunk Ridge and the foothills of the Catskills.
(Seasonal)

 

Hunter Mountain

Ski resort located about 30 minutes northwest of Pine Ridge Dude Ranch, featuring a 1,600-ft vertical drop and host various festivals and special events in the spring and fall. The ranch offers discounted ski lift tickets.

Kelder’s Farm

This locally-owned farm partners with Pine Ridge Dude Ranch for Harvest Weekends and offers pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, apples & pumpkins. Don’t miss Rondout Valley’s first corn maze and record-setting giant gnome!

Mohonk Preserve

A nature preserve in the Shawangunk Ridge, a section of the Appalachian Mountains. They offer a museum as well as easy, intermediate, or hard hiking trails. Open year round.

 

North East Off-Road Adventures

Offers introduction to advanced off-road driving and safety training, team building, driving tours and special event programs. Group discounts available: Business Events, Celebrations, Clubs, Family Outings and more.

Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort

Nestled among the Catskill Mountains and offers unparalleled gaming like no other in the region, featuring 150 live table games. And that’s just the beginning. Every time you visit, you will find another reason to come back (Must be 21 and over to gamble).

Rough Cut Brewing Company

Kerhonkson’s original brewery and restaurant. Hosting free special tastings at the Pine Ridge Dude Ranch or enjoy their Gastropub, American cuisine with vegetarian-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free options. Located down the street!

 

Twin Spruce Farms

Local farm available for small corporate retreats and other small events, including hosting workshops, horse clinics that specialize in equitation and horsemanship. Grass-fed beef also available for purchase.

 

Westwind Orchard

This local farm is a historic pick-your-own-apple orchard and farm located in Accord, NY. Serving farm-to-table Italian specialties every Thursday-Sunday. Also featuring their own hard apple ciders in their tasting room!

Whitecliff Vineyards

One of the largest vineyards in the Hudson Valley, with over 20 varieties of grapes planted for their continuing effort to refine growing and winemaking. The vineyard hosts various tasting events throughout the year.

Wightman Fruit Farm

Established in 1986 and just minutes away from the Pine Ridge Dude Ranch, this family-owned local farm specializes in pick-your-own Heirloom apples and grapes. A sweet and fun outdoor activity the whole family will enjoy.

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LOCAL MID-WEEK HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS & CLINICS at PINE RIDGE DUDE RANCH

Pine Ridge Dude Ranch is pleased to offer our local community a great opportunity to enrich its horsemanship and riding experience! Come for lessons and clinics at our beautiful facility and get top notch instruction in a FUN and RELAXED setting! No matter what your riding experience level Pine Ridge Dude Ranch has a Lesson or Clinic program to meet your needs! Located in the heart of the Catskills, in Kerhonkson, New York, Pine Ridge Dude Ranch offers incredible trails, inviting accommodations, fantastic food and brings the “Best of the West in the East” to you!

DELUXE PRIVATE LESSON: This formatted 90 minute lesson is a
LOCAL MID-WEEK HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS & CLINICS at PINE RIDGE DUDE RANCH Pine Ridge Dude Ranch is pleased to offer our local community a great opportunity to enrich its horsemanship and riding experience! Come for lessons and clinics at our beautiful facility and get top notch instruction in a FUN and RELAXED setting! No matter what your riding experience level Pine Ridge Dude Ranch has a Lesson or Clinic program to meet your needs! Located in the heart of the Catskills, in Kerhonkson, New York, Pine Ridge Dude Ranch offers incredible trails, inviting accommodations, fantastic food and brings the “Best of the West in the East” to you! DELUXE PRIVATE LESSON: This formatted 90 minute lesson is a "one-on-one” or group experience sculpted to fit the needs of the Rider(s) no matter what their skill level. Groundwork, work under saddle in the arena and (if applicable) on the trail may all be experienced. COWBOY HORSEMANSHIP CLINICS: This formatted THREE (3) HOUR clinic session ideal for small groups up to six (6) Riders, sculpted to fit the needs of the Rider no matter what their skill level. Groundwork, work under saddle in the arena and (if applicable) on the trail and our Obstacle Course (if applicable) may be experienced. GROUP PRIVATE TRAIL RIDES: A 45 minute guided trail ride in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. The ride is catered to the least experienced rider. Advanced, Intermediate & Beginner rides are available. Minimum of 4 riders. AVAILABILITY: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Weekends are available for day pass and overnight guests vary so please contact Pine Ridge Dude Ranch for more details! Riders will use PRDR horses and tack. Spaces and availability is LIMITED and these sessions fill up FAST so reserve your space soon! Be sure to check out our Facebook Page and Website for all the latest on our many special events and fall weekend specials! To take your horsemanship and riding to a whole new level please contact our Reservation Team at (845) 626-7345 or email Pine Ridge Dude Ranch at reservations@pineridgeduderanch.com today to reserve your Lesson or Clinic space! We look forward to riding with you!
THE THREE L’s APPROACH

It is often said that riding horses is “simple” but it is not “easy.” Truer words have not been spoken! The horse is a “simple” creature in its needs. The horse wants consistency, leadership, fairness, clarity and kindness. The horse wants to “get along” with its human partner. Humans oftentimes ‘’over complicate” the communication process when interacting with horses, which leads to frustration and anxiety in both the horse and the human.

Humans can be effective leaders when in the saddle by applying the “Three L’s” approach when requesting movement or control from the horse. The “Three L’s are LOOK, LIFT and LEG.

When requesting a movement from the horse the human needs to LOOK in the direction they wish to go, and twist their shoulders in line with their eyes in order to create a pre-signal for the horse. “Where the eyes look, the body follows.” As the human “LOOKS” with their eyes, head and body in the direction they wish to go, they need to “LIFT” (not pull) the reins upward along the line of the horses shoulder and then point with their thumb (if riding in one hand) or pinkie finger (if riding in two hands) in the direction desired. As the human “LOOKS and LIFTS” to cue a direction, they need to apply the opposite LEG to the horse in a squeezing motion with their calf. Here is an example of the how to use the “Three L’s”: If the human wishes to go to the right, they look to the right with their eyes, head and shoulders, lift the right rein (if in two hands) or both reins (if in one hand) along the line of the shoulder and point to the right as the squeeze the horse, using the calf muscle in the LEFT leg in a “toe in/heel out” position. By looking, lifting and using the leg in this manner the human can firmly and fairly request a movement that is clearly understood by the horse. Like all aspects of horsemanship, the Look, Lift and Leg approach takes feel, timing and experience. Once the human understands and applies the “Three L’s” approach they will find a new level of clarity, confidence and fun when in the saddle!
THE THREE L’s APPROACH It is often said that riding horses is “simple” but it is not “easy.” Truer words have not been spoken! The horse is a “simple” creature in its needs. The horse wants consistency, leadership, fairness, clarity and kindness. The horse wants to “get along” with its human partner. Humans oftentimes ‘’over complicate” the communication process when interacting with horses, which leads to frustration and anxiety in both the horse and the human. Humans can be effective leaders when in the saddle by applying the “Three L’s” approach when requesting movement or control from the horse. The “Three L’s are LOOK, LIFT and LEG. When requesting a movement from the horse the human needs to LOOK in the direction they wish to go, and twist their shoulders in line with their eyes in order to create a pre-signal for the horse. “Where the eyes look, the body follows.” As the human “LOOKS” with their eyes, head and body in the direction they wish to go, they need to “LIFT” (not pull) the reins upward along the line of the horses shoulder and then point with their thumb (if riding in one hand) or pinkie finger (if riding in two hands) in the direction desired. As the human “LOOKS and LIFTS” to cue a direction, they need to apply the opposite LEG to the horse in a squeezing motion with their calf. Here is an example of the how to use the “Three L’s”: If the human wishes to go to the right, they look to the right with their eyes, head and shoulders, lift the right rein (if in two hands) or both reins (if in one hand) along the line of the shoulder and point to the right as the squeeze the horse, using the calf muscle in the LEFT leg in a “toe in/heel out” position. By looking, lifting and using the leg in this manner the human can firmly and fairly request a movement that is clearly understood by the horse. Like all aspects of horsemanship, the Look, Lift and Leg approach takes feel, timing and experience. Once the human understands and applies the “Three L’s” approach they will find a new level of clarity, confidence and fun when in the saddle!