Like everything else this year, things are going to look a little different. Luckily, everything we do is already in the great outdoors and most people will have their faces covered for warmth. It will be the same trip as last year, about 25 minutes on the sleigh around our yard in the ibex valley, but an hour-long time slot to allow for lots of pictures! The main difference will be that people will book the sleigh as a whole, not by the seat, so everyone will be within their already established ‘bubble’. The Christmas special will be $200 and you can take as many or as few people as you like. The sleigh can hold up to 6 adults with kids on their laps so if you have 7-12 adults you can book two slots back to back and so on.
We will still have a big wall tent with a wood stove to warm up in, but unfortunately, we will not be providing any hot drinks or snacks this year to keep things simple with COVID. Everyone is welcome to bring their own thermos and treats or better yet support another local small business and grab some goodies before heading out. Bean North, Kind Café, Java Connection, Baked, The Claim Cafe, Alpine Bakery, or Blackbird Bakery would all be more than happy to fill you up I’m sure!
Also, if you have a group of 50 people or less and are looking for a different idea for a Christmas party, give us a call as we might be able to help. We have lots of space for an outdoor event, horses for entertainment, and we can light a bon fire to keep everyone warm. Just a thought but let us know as we are very open to ideas during these strange times with no tourists!
We will start our Christmas schedule December 12th, but if there is interest and the snow stays, we could be up and running by mid November.
There is a google calendar below with available time slots that we update regularly so it should theoretically be clear what is available and what is not. If you want to book a spot, you should send us a request via email, facebook, Instagram, text or call 867-335-2257 with the time and date you want, as well as an email address. We will then email you a response to your request either saying it is available or to pick another time. Once you have an available time, we will send our info package, release of liability waiver, and deposit instructions. We will pencil you in on the calendar, and once we receive the 50% deposit, the spot is all yours! If after 2 days we have not received a deposit, we will take the booking off the schedule and that spot will become available again.
The deposit will be refundable if the temperature is below -25 at our place the morning of the ride or if COVID restrictions change and it’s no longer allowed, otherwise the deposit is non-refundable.
We are much better with horses than computers so please be patient as we stumble our way through this online scheduling.
We get hauled around by our very laid back, friendly, big boned mountain horses. They are all percheron/quarter horses crosses and are pretty keen on treats.
Johnny and June are half brother and sister. Even though June is our smallest and youngest horse, she rules the roost. She has the little white snipe on the left side of her nose.
Dolly and Reba are full sisters. They are our big girls. Dolly is 2 years older and her nose is a little bit lighter. Reba is a few pounds heavier.
We can take up to 6 adults or the equivalent number of little people on our Santa Sleigh.
Weddings are the first thing that comes to mind, but could be a birthday party, corporate event, photo shoot or anything else that a team of horses would add to the experience. It could be at our place out here or we could truck the whole program to another location. We are very open to ideas so let us know what you got. The hourly rate would start when we catch the horses to load or harness here and would finish once the horses are turned loose in the yard.
We have a wagon now, but need the snow to melt before we can decide on a route. It is available for events in town if someone has something in mind.
We are 18km from the North Klondike Highway turn off when heading west on the Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction. Once you pass the Takhini Crossing pullout with info. signs and mailboxes at Km 1454, keep an eye out for our driveway on the north/right hand side of the Alaska highway at Km 1455. There is a Canadian and Yukon flag at the end of the driveway and big reflectors on the flag poles if its dark out. It's #93689 and there are blue gates to go through (please close behind you). Once in the yard, turn right down the hill. You will see the wall tent and horses by now. Please park somewhere by the horse trailer.
In good driving conditions we are 10 minutes from the North Klondike Highway turn off so plan for that. We, along with everybody else, have a very busy schedule this time of year so please do your best to be punctual. We have built in some time between rides for pictures and to keep on schedule, but if you are more than 20 minutes late we may have to cancel that ride out of respect for the other bookings. We would much rather you arrive 15 minutes early than 15 minutes late. If you are early and we are out on the sleigh, feel free to check out the wall tent or say hi to the other fat horses in the corrals.
* PLEASE DO NOT GO INTO THE CORRALS OR FEED THE HORSES IF WE ARE NOT AROUND *
WARM WINTER GEAR as this is an outdoor event! There is a wall tent to warm up in before and after the ride, but while on the sleigh you provide your own heat so dress appropriately. We will provide some blankets but you should dress like there is nothing. Layer up as it makes the ride much more enjoyable for everyone when you’re toasty! It is typically colder but less windy in the Ibex Valley compared to Whitehorse so expect that. If it is -25 we will still operate but give you the option. If it is -30 or below we will cancel the ride. We can either provide a refund or do our best to reschedule when this happens.
MUG/THERMOS. We will have disposable cups if needed, but if you have a favorite mug or want something that won’t spill on the sleigh, bring that.
We provide hot chocolate, tea, and some cookies. If you’d like anything besides that, please bring it along!
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There will be a wall tent with a wood stove to warm up in, but the bathroom is an outhouse, so probably best to take care of any nature calls beforehand if possible.
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