Dude Ranch Vacations for Families

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White Stallion Ranch

Guests: Leah Bright & Bryce Street from the Dude Ranchers’ Association; Russell True from White Stallion Ranch

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Pro Tips

  • Kids as young as five can horseback ride on a dude ranch.
  • You do not need horseback riding experience to safely ride a horse on a dude ranch.
  • Book your dude ranch vacation EARLY!
  • The dude ranch experience is not just “horses, beans & bacon, and cowboy hats”.

About our Guests

Leah Bright – Leah grew up and attended college on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She graduated college in 2011 and after a year teaching English in Spain started working on a dude ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming. After a couple of summers there she came to work for the Dude Ranchers’ Association. She has worked at the DRA for 4.5 years and is very knowledgeable about dude ranching and the 100+ properties in the Dude Ranchers’ Association.

Bryce Street – Bryce was raised between Wyoming and Montana all of her life, spending many years growing up and working on a dude ranch in a small town in Wyoming. Being raised in a family with deep dude ranching roots, she knew this industry would have a great impact on her life. After graduating college from Montana State University Billings, it did not take long for her to find her way into the business side of the industry by coming to work for the Dude Ranchers’ Association. Even though she has only been with the Association since May, she has a sound understanding of the DRA’s 100+ ranches and the dude ranching industry as a whole.

Russell True – Russell is the owner of the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. He has lived and worked on the Ranch since he was five years old.

About Your Host

Aaron Schlein is a family man, entrepreneur, and podcaster who knows first-hand about the transformational power of family travel.

When Aaron was a teenager, he began exploring the world with his grandmother, Shirley Schlein—to whom he is eternally grateful for igniting his passion for travel. Becoming a father inspired Aaron to pay forward his grandmother’s generosity and create media content to inspire parents to travel the world with their kids.

In the summer of 2018, Aaron partnered with the Family Travel Association to produce its official podcast, Family Travel Radio. Aaron lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)