More Than Just Horse Business, Black Rock Ranch
“Waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh pine and in the evening seeing some of the most beautiful sunsets. There is nothing else that can ever replace the special place that Black Rock Ranch is to me and my family.” -Owner of Black Rock Ranch. One day on this ranch, and we could not agree more.
Advice from a local: enjoy the scenic drive along the south side of the Coeur d’Alene River and stop in at the local eatery for lunch in Harrison before you arrive at the truly majestic piece of land that the Black Rock Ranch calls home. It only took about 5 minutes on the property before we realized that it isn’t all ‘horse’ business at the BRR. The ambiance that this ranch offers will create a unique experience for any family, conference group, or event.
The Black Rock Ranch hosts miles and miles of mountain trails to ride as well as lake access on the ranch to enjoy. You are also right next to the Harrison Marina Trailhead; providing easy access to the beautifully paved 72-mile-long Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s, right from the heart of town. Guests typically take advantage of these amenities in May – October.
The equestrian architecture may replicate a Kentucky horse farm, but once you look beyond that, you remember that you are in Northern Idaho, an angler’s paradise. Waters from this region have yielded one-third of the state’s record fish. When you get bored of fishing, you can leave the ranch and escape into the millions of forested miles that the state of Idaho offers to search for elk, moose, white-tailed deer, and more! Forests dominate the eastern half of the ranch and provide critical habitat for deer, elk, moose, and turkeys.
Upon walking through what is currently used as the office space, you immediately see a vision to host groups for those wanting to escape and visit the ranch trails and beauty. This is a prime venue for a ritzy cocktail event or the annual family reunion. The building is attached to the Stallion barn and showcases quality finished living space with a luxury sealed plank flooring, 10’ ceiling with exposed beams, all with a built-in bar!
Arenas | Indoor and Outdoor
The indoor training facility, 150 X 300, 45,000 square-foot riding arena, is very versatile and could be used for any number of different events. It has been used for Cutting, Reining, Working Cow-horse, Mounted shooting, Barrel Racing and Roping events.
State of the Art Breeding Facility
This breeding program begins in Dec and is busy through July. The veterinary clinic is modeled after the lab at Texas A&M and provides the perfect tools needed to run a successful breeding program from conception, throughout gestation, and lifelong care. The breeding program is set up with very modern equipment to allow the team to collect stallions and artificially inseminate mares as well as breeding mares with frozen semen. For the young mares in training, they also utilize embryo transfer and allow the young mare to stay in training while also producing a valuable foal. This is all completed in the house so the facility can monitor them through the whole process. The foaling stalls are equipped with cameras, providing eyes on the mares 24/7 as they get close to foaling.
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