Llaves, New Mexico

* Camps * Ladies Retreats * Training * Lessons

505-554-0577       575-638-5661
Frequently Asked Questions

The Ranch sleeps 6 easily with 2 per room.  Each room can sleep 3-4.  The cabin has a
private bath while the house rooms share 2 bathrooms.  See the gallery for pics!

Most packages include three home cooked gourmet meals per day.  Our guests never
go hungry and many feel the food is the best part of their visit.  All dietary needs can
be accommodated with prior notification.

Julie will match riders with the appropriate horse for their needs.  Julie has been
training horses and people for over 30 years.  Our horses are our own and we know
them well.

The Ranch is nestled along the Continental Divide, 1.5 hours northwest of Albuquerque
or Santa Fe.  Enter "Starrynight Ranch" into Google maps for directions.  
Arrangements can be made for pickup at Albuquerque International Airport.

A pair of cowboy boots is an important safety item.  The heel prevents your foot from
slipping through the stirrup.   Helmets are required for all youth riders.  Adults may
sign a waiver if they wish to assume the risk.  If you have a helmet we recommend you
bring one and wear it.  Let us know if you do not have one and we will supply for you.
At 7200 feet, the weather varies here from Sun to Rain, so plan for a bit of both.  
Evenings are always cool for great sleeping.  It can be fairly cool in the early Spring
and late Fall as well.  For more seasonal specific information, send us an email or call.


1. What safety precautions do you take while riding?
Helmets are required for those under 18 and the first lessons that are taught are those
of safety.
How to approach you horse, how to mount properly, sitting properly in the saddle,
etc. Also, all students start in western saddles, due to the way they are made
(versus an English saddle) they provide more "hold" for the rider.

2. Does every rider wear a helmet?
EVERY student MUST wear a helmet while riding. Guests over 18 may sign a waiver if
they choose to assume the risk.  While students are
grooming their horse, they should have their helmet on. We have helmets available.

3. Can parents stay and watch the lesson?
We encourage parents to watch and learn. If kids are interested in riding and
showing horses as part of their life, the parents need to be involved to help, learn
and generally be involved. The kids with involved parents go far.

4. How much are group, semiprivate, and private lessons?
Group lessons are $40/lesson per rider and last an hour long (if you have your
own horse the lesson is $30). We offer semiprivate lessons for families, you would
pay the group lesson rate. For example, if the a family has three kids and they all
want to take a lesson together, that is considered semiprivate. We offer private
lessons and they are available upon request.

5. If I take a group lesson, how large a group will I be working with?
On average there are 4 kids in a group lesson. We have 6 kids in the summer camp,
so those lessons are with 6.

6. What type of riding lessons do you offer?
We offer the whole suite of equestrian riding disciplines, western, english, jumping,
etc. Most of the riders with the Jubilee Horse Company are western riders and show in
reining, cow work, and related shows. Many of our serious riders ride more than once a
week. If
there is the ability we encourage riding several times a week to keep the skill level

7. Can I have the names and telephone #'s of other students to call for references?    
We prefer that you come to the barn and meet the kids and parents and the adult
riders. We have a great barn where everyone is willing to help and answer all your
questions. It also gives you a chance to see the lessons in action.

8. Are there trails available I can ride on with supervision?
We do go on trail rides, but it is not a part of the lessons we provide. For example
we do not have a Trail Riding time where people who have never ridden come and
jump on a horse and go out for a ride. Trail riding is very different from arena riding
and we want to be sure that our riders are prepared in the arena before they go