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Sombrero Ranch Photo Workshop &
Great American Horse Drive

Photo by Carien Schippers

Join us for an intensive week of photographing
horses, cowboys and the Great American Horse Drive
in Northwest Colorado May 2nd - 9th, 2021.

This event is currently full - you may register for the Wait List

This will be our fourteenth year offering this unique and exciting event that draws photographers of all levels from around the world. Images created here have been highly rated in art shows and have also been licensed on catalogs, magazines and stock archives. This is a wonderful opportunity to create authentic western lifestyle imagery for both art and stock purposes. All images will be model and property released. While the shoots are dependent on weather conditions and the availability of our cowboys we will do our best to accommodate our photographer's ideas and requests.

Photographers Scott Trees and Carien Schippers will lead four half-day sessions at the Sombrero Ranch which will involve herds of horses, pole corrals, cowboys driving horses through water and epic landscapes, as well as portraiture and detail shots. These are real life working cowboys to which our photographers have exclusive access, and, besides a large herd of horses, we will also have a small herd of longhorn cattle to photograph. There will be four half-day shoots at the Ranch starting on Sunday, making use of the best light and weather at both ends of the day. Wednesday will be a free day to explore the Sand Wash Basin for wild horses, work on photos and prepare for the Horse Drive. We will have meeting space at the hotel for group discussions and instructional/informational sessions (TBA).

The Great American Horse Drive activities will begin with the Outback Steak Fry on Thursday, followed on Friday with a horse handling session at the ranch. Saturday and Sunday will be two full days of excitement photographing the horse drive.

Experience, Fitness Level and other suggestions: We welcome photographers of all skill levels to this event. If you are a serious amateur or a working photographer here is a unique opportunity to achieve your vision. Please let us know your specific goals in advance and we will do our best to help you achieve them. We recommend that you have a basic working understanding of your gear to have the most satisfactory experience.

This is rugged sage brush country at 4k feet altitude. Expect walking over rough terrain. If you can easily walk up to a half mile at a stretch you should be fine. Trucks will be provided to get photographers and their gear to most locations. There is some riding in the backs of trucks (foot stools provided!). Weather can be very changeable from cold, wind and snow to hot and sunny. Expect dust, and possibly mud.

The Ranch is located 12 miles west of Craig, our home base will be at the Hampton Inn in Craig. The closest airport is the Steamboat Springs airport (HDN) about 40 minutes east of Craig, and pick up and drop off at the airport will be available on request.

What's included: Breakfast is available at the hotel, lunches and dinners will be provided during workshop shoot days. Lunches will be provided during the Horse Drive. Shops and restaurants are also close by. Transportation will be provided for those flying in (please let us know in advance). Trucks and drivers will be provided during the Horse Drive and we encourage car sharing and carpooling during the workshop. Lodging is not included. We will make every effort to match attendees with roommates in advance.

We hope you will join us for this one of a kind event, it will be something you will remember for the rest of your life!

This event is currently full - you may register for the Wait List



Sombrero Ranch Shoots (4 half day sessions):
May 2nd - 5th
EPNet members/return photographers: $1895
Non-members/trial members: $1995

Full experience: Ranch Shoots and Horse Drive:
May 2nd - 9th
EPNet members/return photographers: $3195
Non-members/trial members: $3395

Interested in Joining EPNet?

Please note we will be limiting the number of photographers to only ten this year and
will be enforcing COVID protocols. We will not be able to offer the horse drive only option.

We intend to run this event as safely as possible.
Our participants will be expected to follow the protocols, no exceptions.

If we need to cancel this event due to the pandemic
you will receive a complete refund.

This event is currently full - you may register for the Wait List

Questions? Email us.

Photo by Carien Schippers

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