Who are we?
Thomas and Ilse were both born and raised on farms in Germany. They moved their family to Quebec, Canada in 1987 and then to Rossburn, MB in 2002. Owners of the Ketelsen Ranch, an 1,100 acre ranch located north of Rossburn their herd consists of 60 Black Angus cows (and their calves in summer), 25 Tennessee Walking horses and 4 dogs. Ray, their son, lives at the 9 Finger Ranch guesthouse a few miles out of Rossburn.
Thomas fell in love with riding while still in Quebec (he blames his daughter - she wanted a horse!). Ray has been riding since he was a little boy. Both have twice been to Banff National Park for horseback riding experiences.
Your guides, Thomas and Ray, love to go riding in Riding Mountain National Park. Thomas won a contest put forward by the Canadian Registry of Tennessee Walking Horse in 2009 by riding 1000 km during that summer! When not busy haying or working on the ranch, you can find Thomas riding his horse in the Park or in the field while checking on his herd. Ray has worked in Banff as a horseback guide for a summer where he got the taste of sharing his love of riding with others.
Where are we?
Our guesthouse is in Rossburn, Manitoba on the south side of the Riding Mountain National Park. We are 320 km North West of Winnipeg, 300 km East of Regina and 150 km North of Brandon. We live only a few miles away from the Park and all the good things it has to offer. Who knows, maybe you can spot a wild animal while riding?
Donâ??t want to spend hours researching activities and trying to plan everything? Let us do it for you! Just let us know how many people, age of everyone in your group and interests and we will put together a great stay! If you are interested in this service, please contact 9 Finger Ranch at least one month before travelling and we will try our best to create the best holidays ever!
This is a custom service so cost will vary depending on length of stay, size of group, activities chosen etc. Contact us for more information.
Possible activities for your group:
Visiting other Farms
Concerts and Entertainment
Other events in the vicinity
You enjoy researching and making your own schedule? Here are a few suggestions to consider:
Check out our communityâ??s official website at to find out about local events and activities happening while you are staying at 9 Finger Ranch.
You can also visit Parkland Tourism, Travel Manitoba and Riding Mountain National Park.
We do offer the following activities in our hip roof barn loft (free when staying with us):
Punch bag boxing
When choosing outdoor activities, please note that we are not responsible for cancellations due to bad weather. Some activities are not available year-round. Some activities may require additional costs such as entry fees or licences.
Horseback Riding Experience
Riding Experience Level
Selecting the right riding experience level is important; it helps you enjoy your experience to its fullest. If you are unsure what level you are at, contact us!
By riding with us often, you will gain riding experience. So even if you are a beginner now, you may be able to join us for an overnight stay in the National Park!
9 Finger Ranch strives to offer a very personalized experience to all riders; which is why all of our packages cater to a maximum of 4 people at a time. For larger groups, please do not hesitate to contact us to make arrangements.
Please note that times are approximate. If choosing a ride in Riding Mountain National Park, please add 2 hours to estimated riding time (trailering, saddling, etc).