Testimonials

We love hearing from those who have experienced our sleigh and carriage rides. Please share your thoughts with us, as well as pictures and videos of your time with us, maybe even on our Facebook page!


This was the most memorable amazing and incredible day of our lives and we couldn’t thank Cripple Creek Horse Ranch for being a huge part of our day!!! So friendly and the best hosts with beautiful horses and carriage that took us around Whitefish and to our ceremony at the lodge. We love you guys and will recommend everyone to you!!! Thank you so much for everything!!:)

– Kathleen & Zack & Cameron Lewis

p.s. beautiful video


We did a sleigh ride with our 4 year old grandson. I must say magical is the best word to describe our time with Cripple Creek Horse Ranch! The shiny red sleigh, gliding over the fresh fallen snow, pulled by the 2 most beautiful black horses was one of the most memorable experiences we have ever had! Ora,the owner,and sleigh driver is the kindest person. He is so loving to his two horses, Star and Stella,and they respond to the love they have been given! Our sleigh swished through the Montana woods, the horses sleigh bells jingling, snow flakes brushing our faces, Our grandson giggling with delight, life doesn’t get any better than that!!! We are hoping this will become a family tradition for us! We can’t wait to take more family members on the shiny red sleigh!! Thank you Ora!!

– Mary and Phil


We went for a wonderful sleigh ride in December 2013.
My husband’s sister and a friend was visiting from Georgia and wanted to take a sleigh ride while they were here. We called Cripple Creek Horse Ranch and made a reservation. When we got to the ranch they took care of everything. The sleigh ride was so much fun. The horses and sleigh and the area we went through on the ride were beautiful. Toward the end of the ride, we went into camp and had some hot chocolate and cookies. It was so much fun and we were well taken care.

-Kathie and Craig


We were blessed to be able to go on a sleigh ride on Christmas Eve with our 3 & 1 yr old! What an amazing, memorable experience! Far exceeded our expectations! The horses are absolutely gorgeous and incredibly well trained. The route that we rode was beautiful and varied. The snowy landscape, the cozy sleigh, the music of the bells on the horses, the expert horsemanship of Ora Jay, as well as the great conversation with him and his lovely wife Irene made for an experience to be cherished in our memory! Our two little kiddos loved every minute! Halfway through the ride we stopped in the woods for chili and hot cider while we warmed up by the fire. It was delicious , and the perfect completion to a wonderful experience. We could not recommend this highly enough!

-Justin and Elise Burnett


Our family thought a sleigh ride would be a great Christmas gift for a couple who has everything. Making the reservation was quick & easy. When we got to the Cripple Creek horse ranch with Bryan’s parents we decided to go along too. It was great watching Irene & Ora Jay hook up the team to the sleigh. We all had a wonderful time on the ride thru the country. We stopped and had warm drinks & homemade cookies while visiting at the camp.
We can’t wait to do it again & highly recommend the sleigh ride 🙂

-Bryan and Julie Lundberg


Dear Ora and Irene,
I would like to thank you both on behalf of my family for an extraordinary day at Cripple Creek Ranch. The sleigh ride culminating in our lovely dinner was such a treat for our entire family. We had our 4 children and their spouses along with grand children…….and what a lovely, communal time was had by all!! The entire experience was magical and we will never forget that special sleigh ride on a beautiful January afternoon! Many blessings to you both….and thank you for a day that we will always cherish.

-Veronica Haynie

P.S. Those ribs and beans were out of this world!!!


Wanted to let you know once again how thankful we are for sharing your piece of heaven with us today. Thank you! You guys are a very nice & friendly couple & we really enjoyed meeting you. The ride was great, the chow was great, and the music & poetry great! Thank you!!!!

-Tom & Tracy


We had a wonderful horse & wagon ride in June 2015. Our 2 year old thought she saw bears, which ended up being stumps. She was so excited. Even the one year old was loving it. The horses were beautiful and well trained. The meal was fabulous. Ribs, beans, nice salad, homemade rolls, and apple cobbler in the tent by the fire pit. Just like old times. This is a lifetime memory that we’ll all cherish. We really enjoyed it. Thanks for such a nice time. Hope to be back one day.

-Pat Johnson & family


My parents, wife, and I all did the sleigh ride and dinner and it was absolutely the best experience. It was my wife’s first trip to Montana during the winter, and this was definitely the highlight. She told me that she will never forget this experience as long as she lives. Thank you! Our photos and videos came out fantastic!

-TS Bray


My daughter, her friend, and I took a sleigh ride to enjoy a festive, old fashioned holiday tradition and I have to tell you we had a fabulous time. We pretended we were living 200 years ago and we had to ride into town and get supplies. What a great night and to top it off, the dinner we were served was absolutely amazing. Fall off the bone fantastic!! I highly recommend taking the time to visit Ora and Irene in Trego. Take your kids… and use your imagination. It will be one of your favorite Winter activities you’ll have this year! Happy New Year and God Bless.

-Brian and Brylee Beck


What a fabulous winter day it was for our family group of 14 from MT, AK, IA, and IND. Ora and Irene along with Margie and Star provided a wonderful experience for our three generations. Tucked cozily under blankets in a horse drawn wagon, we rode through fields on a delightful snowy December day. Jingle bells on the hoses rang in the air as we went up and down hills and on trails through the trees laden with beautiful snow while perfect stellar snowflakes fell on and around us. We enjoyed the company of our own group and that of our hosts. The setting could not be surpassed and I recommend this outing for all visitors to NW Montana.

-Betsy Cox