My daughter and I have stayed at The S & S in Texas 2 times and are returning again this summer. Miss Leigh is an amazing host and always extremely gracious. Her patience with younger children is never ending and she knows her stuff. I read a couple of reviews on here and can't for the life of me believe that these people even came to the ranch. The accommodations although rustic are quite appropriate for the camp environment and actually have more niceties than most including a Jacuzzi tub, refrigerator, microwave and many other things in the bunkhouse.
The knowledge about horses and Miss Leigh's way with her horses is nothing short of mesmerizing. She is able to read them and her guests and picks the perfect horse for each guest and it never fails to work.
The lessons and the games that we played in the arena taught us much about our horses and ourselves. My daughter is a little more competitive than I thought. The games are designed to teach you how to ride while having fun. Anyone that is comes to the ranch is allowed to ride at their own level. We happened to go on a trail ride and it was fantastic. However, most riding is done in the arena as the horses are not "Dude Horses" as Miss Leigh states.
There was some down time during the day which we took full advantage of. We rode 2 times each day and had an hour or so in between to enjoy the pool.
Meals were outstanding and the evening activities we always lots of fun and memorable.
We were one of the families that had the opportunity to purchase the photo package and it was so great to have those pictures for memories and to share with our family members. By the way, that is not something Miss Leigh offered. It was a professional photographer husband and wife team that came out independently to offer their talents.
Lastly, our goal is to return for a few more years and then graduate to Wyoming for a new adventure with Miss Leigh and her lovely daughters who are so mature and responsible for their ages. We love them all and cant wait to see them again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sugar and Spice Ranch is exclusively for mothers and daughters who want to spend a week having the best bonding experience of a lifetime. Imagine bunking with other moms and daughters in a real bunkhouse and riding your very own horse for the week. You'll learn how to care for your horse by learning to tack up, groom, bathe, feed, turn out, and of course ride. Moms will feel like kids again, and your daughters will get the camping experience while still having the security of being with mom. You'll do virtually everything together including riding, swimming and on the last day of camp you will even participate in a team horse show. Our summer camp sessions run from Saturday through the following Friday every week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Camp tuition is for TWO PEOPLE and is all-inclusive (lodging, all meals, tack, horses, lessons, etc.) We can't wait to share our ranch with you all. Be one of our guests and experience what happens when moms and daughters come together!!!! Ask about our Women's Only Weekends that run September through May. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sugar & Spice Ranch Texas/Bandera