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Women, Horses & the West

Zapata Ranch

October 18-25, 2020

 

For the sixth year, Dr. Bonney MacDonald will lead a literary workshop focusing on horses, conservation, and Western lands.

The Program

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About the Zapata

Rates

a woman crosses a creek on her horse

The Program

For the sixth year, Dr. Bonney MacDonald (Professor of Western Literature, West Texas A&M Univ.; Ph.D. Yale Univ.) will lead a literary workshop focusing on horses, conservation, and Western lands. This year’s seminar, “Girls on the Road: New Lands, New Lives,” features non-fiction and historical readings on why the West encouraged and even needed a population on the move in the 19th and 20th centuries. From wagon trains to Kerouac’s On the Road, just why were so many road songs, stories, and films set west of the 100th meridian? The seminar will also feature a memorable Barbara Kingsolver novel about a young woman’s western road trip, and will close with a showing and in-depth discussion of Ridley Scott’s classic film, Thelma and Louise. Guests ride ranch and mountain trails each morning and enjoy a seminar every afternoon. Great camaraderie, food, horses, and ideas — come read and ride the High Country this June!

two women laughing on horseback
a woman on a horse on sand dunes with mountains in the background
One of the guest rooms at Zapata Ranch.
two riders in green shirts sit on horses on top of a sand dune
A plate of tenderloin covered in green chimichurri sauce.
a woman in a straw hat stands next to a horse

Rates

$2995 per person includes all lodging, meals, activities, and taxes.

About the Zapata

Set back in a shady cotton woodgrove beneath the majestic 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains lies the historic Zapata Ranch headquarters and lodge, which was established in the late 1800’s. Elk, mule deer, migratory birds, eagles, and black bear also call this area home.

The rooms are beautifully furnished and have an elegant southwestern decor that gives them the feel of home. All rooms have individual tiled bathrooms and views that are private, peaceful, and beautiful in any season.

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