On the range with a Catalan cowboy

Saddle up with Perpignan’s Western rancher Nick Verges

If you have ever lusted for the open range, desperately yearned for cowboy boots, and you dream of riding all day and sleeping under the stars, head to the Ranch de Las Caneilles, where modern life slips away, and cowboys’ and cowgirls’ dreams come true.

Once you step inside the ranch, just outside Tautavel near Perpignan, you are in a western movie. Radio Texas plays all day, and the two main occupations are horses and partying. The owner, Nick Verges, rides Western (which uses special reining techniques), his saddles are Western, his style is Western and the long list of prizes he has won and qualifications he holds, are all for Western riding.

He was ...

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