Specials - Circle Z Ranch

Join us at the Historic Circle Z Ranch in Patagonia, Arizona for the The Essential Elements of Horsemanship® with clinician and trainer Lee Smith. October 23-27, 2023

To book contact [email protected] or call 1-520-394-2525

You will learn to:

  • Establish a relationship with your horse.
  • Gain confidence to feel safe with your horse.
  • Gain discipline in horsemanship skills.

This “Ranch Clinic” will take place in our covered arena, out on our trails, and at our Creek Ranch location for a day of cattle work. Lee will also have a colt starting demonstration with one of our ranch youngsters. For your participation, you can bring your own horse or use one of our excellent trail horses. We will offer three pricing options: an all-inclusive stay with the use of our horse; an all-inclusive stay and bringing your own horse; and a daily trailer in and trailer out with lunch provided. We only offer the use of our horses if the participant is staying at the ranch. No auditors at this clinic.


NOTE FROM LEE: If you are performing in Reining, Dressage, Cutting, Jumping, Barrel Racing, Endurance Riding, any Competitive Events, or just heading down the trail? Regardless of your discipline, Lee Smith can help you raise your level of performance and presentation. No matter the setting, the partnership of horse and rider working together in harmony is inspiring to observe and even more exciting to experience. Lee will offer insight, skills and instructions to enjoy the events you like now, while developing your horse and horsemanship in the process through feel, timing, balance, and an understanding of equine psychology.

                        PRICING FOR THIS CLINIC                           

  • Package 1: All-inclusive with use of ranch horse – $3600.00
    Includes 6 nights of lodging and meals, use of facilities, use of a ranch horse and tack, 6 night and the fee for Lee Smith. Check-in Sunday 4-6 pm, Check-out Saturday 9 am
  • Package 2: All-inclusive and bring your own horse – $3350.00
    Includes 6 nights of lodging and meals, use of facilities, use of a stall, fee for Lee Smith. Does not include feed for horse. Check-in Sunday 4-6 pm, Check-out Saturday 9 am
  • Package 3: Daily bring your own horse – $2425.00
    Lunch, use of facilities for the day, fee for Lee Smith. Does not include feed for horse.
    *Sales Tax and Service Charge included in pricing
    *25% deposit due upon booking, 90-day cancellation policy



Lee Smith lives on a cattle ranch in Estancia, New Mexico. She and her husband Mark have a cow-calf operation and raise quality Quarter horses at their Harmony Hills Ranch. Lee has conducted hundreds of clinics and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1991 as well as teaching ranch horse classes at the Diamond S. Lee considers herself a student of the horse, and lucky to have shared her experience with thousands of horse people from throughout the world.

Lee is a gifted and eloquent teacher who has extraordinary insight into horses and people. She shares what she sees as if speaking for the horse and thus provides her students with the opportunity to observe the exchange of communication between horse and human. Teaching people to learn from the horse.
Lee leads people on a pathway of discovery to the essential elements of horsemanship. She helps them to unlock their potential to understand the mind, body and spirit of the horse using what naturally happens, and then shows them how to appreciate and build upon the incredible moments of harmony that are possible. Lee believes that through life’s experiences (horse related or not), the answers lie within us.

Clinics around the country are conducted to prepare you and your horse for a greater level of performance. While clinic material may vary, each emphasizes communication with your horse without force or fear to establish a willing partnership rather than resistance. The goal is a horse that is soft, gentle and responsive that moves smoothly and relaxed in every situation. Lee will share her philosophy on building the confidence of the horse and rider through mutual trust and respect.
Whatever your interests, Lee can offer you insight and skills to enjoy the events you like now, while you develop your horse and your horsemanship. Join Lee and learn the essential elements of quality horsemanship.

We are offering several specials for our 2022-2023 guest season. Here is a brief description of dates that still have availability. Let us know how we can help in planning your Dude Ranch Vacation!

Pre-Christmas Special 10%-20% Off

We have limited availability in our pre-Christmas special dates, which runs from November 27-December 18, 2022. Depending on the week chosen, we are offering from 10%-20% off of our published rates.

Pre-Christmas Short Stay Special 25% Off

There is plenty of space available for this 4 Day stay from December 18-December 22, 2022

New Years Special 25% Off

What a fantastic deal, chose from either a 4 day or a 7 day vacation package from December 29, 2022-January 5, 2023

Adult only Weeks 10% Off

These popular specials run from January 8-January 28, 2023 and there is still limited availability



The newest special at the ranch, and one to be an old hand favorite, is our Rough Riders/Best of the Circle Z Season Finale. This week is geared towards guests who are wanting more adventure in their riding and are at least intermediate riders. To make sure a guest will get the most out of the week, our managers will help you decide if this is a good fit.

This years Rough Riders Week, we entertained 16 guests. The first ride, to everyone’s delight, was not the usual walking ride, but a loping ride for those who wanted! Because this is a week where we know all the guests are competent riders and are known by the wranglers, we gave more lee-way to our staff for turning it up a notch

During our steak night cook out on Monday, we invited musician Joe Barr to entertain the guests during the meal. This made a wonderful backdrop of music while we dined on the ever delicious steak night dinner.

On Tuesday, we took guests to the Wagon Wheel Bar. Although the day was windy, the views and sky were just amazing. Many said it was the best ride ever! Because of the abilities of the riders, we did a little more exploring and bush waking on our way, discovering a few new trails in the process.

On Thursday evening, after the all-day ride to Castle Butte, the ranch hosted Margarita Party during Cantina Hour.

The highlight of the week was the Red Rocks/San Rafael Valley ride. This ride is about 6 hours long and is definitely a ride for competent riders. With one of our deliciously prepared sack lunches securely packed, we loaded the horses and headed to the trail head of the Arizona Trail. The views on this trail are stunning, starting a winding uphill climb past beautiful red rock cliffs with Red Mountain in the backdrop. We end the ride up in the San Rafael Valley.

Our week ended with the Sonoita Horse Races and our Cinco De Mayo  party. The excitement built all week as our Wrangler Omar worked to get his horse Canejo (Rabbit) ready for the Big  Boy Ranch Horse Race, and boy did he do a spectacular job, beating out 6 other ranch horses to take home the trophy.

One thing we will be adding next year is having Mariachi’s Play for our Cinco De Mayo Party.

The best thing about this week was the camaraderie among the guests and staff. There was a lot of laughter and stories being told and some great riding! We look forward to offering this week every year during our final week of the season, a great way to celebrate a successful year.


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