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Women, Horses, and the West

with Dr. Bonney MacDonald

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Zapata Ranch

June 9 -16, 2024

Professor Dr. Bonney MacDonald will lead a literary workshop on the theme of Speaking of Horses: Essays, Fiction, and Film on Equine Partnerships.

The Program

Western enthusiasts and wilderness lovers —join us for a week of seminars, discussions, and horseback riding at Zapata Ranch with longtime Ranchlands partner, Dr. Bonney MacDonald. Ride through the Great Sand Dunes National park, explore the Medano property and conservation bison herd, discuss readings in the afternoon seminars, and enjoy good company around the bonfire at night. Bonney’s theme this year is: Speaking of Horses: Essays, Fiction, and Film on Equine Partnerships. All levels of riders welcome.

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About Bonney MacDonald

Bonney MacDonald is a Professor of Western Literature at West Texas A&M University.  She holds an M.A. from Univ. of Nottingham, England, a Ph.D. from Yale University, and has conducted on-site ranch retreats and classes since 2004.

Her workshops combine the best things you remember about college seminars with great horses, friendship, and the wonderful Western outdoors.  

Rates

$4235 per person includes all lodging, meals, and activities. Gratuity and tax not included.

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Zapata Ranch

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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