Bandera Historical Rides

About the owners

Bandera Historical Rides is a Family owned and Operated business. Harrieth Stewart (left) and Tom Lamonica (right) care for horses, lessons, horsemanship and ride with y’all.

 Harrieth, born and raised in Finland. Riding since age of 4. Harness racing, pony racing, jumping, dressage, reining, training horses/mules, Equine Assisted Learning Certified, Equine Sports Massage Certified, Merit Badge Counselor Horsemanship Badge for Boy Scouts…pretty much just anything with Equines

Tom, born and raised in Colorado. Cowboying in Arizona New Mexico in younger days, and then followed by Wrangling) taking care of horses and guided rides) at large Guest Ranches

Harrieth and Tom rescue and rehabilitate horses in which they do offer rides with, lessons and meet & greets. They also offer horsemanship classes for clients and their horse. This little Ranch is all about the old authentic Cowboy/Rancher way of life!

​You are always welcome to stop by and visit, have lunch at the chuckwagon or stay for a day or two. There are cabins for those who would like to stay a few days or even more!

What they are about…

Bandera Historical Rides philosophy is to give riders the best and safest experience of riding. The staff is always happy to take their time to show you how to “ride” and learn about your horse. They do not do typical nose-to-tail, so riders need to be able to handle their horse by themselves. And yes, ALL rides are in private groups.

​The belief is that all horses can have a job! Harrieth and Tom rescue and retrain at Major Hope Corral where they also offer horsemanship and riding lessons and pony rides. This is the way they finance the program for re-training and re-establishing horses. They also have a gift shop specifically to support the rehabilitation/retraining of the horses that are not worked as trail horses or have been re-homed. During your stay at the ranch, you will have the opportunity to join in the rehabilitation/retraining.

For the Cowpokes

Every Saturday June-Aug 10AM – 2PM We have Ol’ West Bandera Days at the Ranch. Suitable for the whole family. Pony Rides, Gunfights and reenactment, wagon rides. Bring your picnic lunch with you and enjoy underneath the oak trees. Gate open 10am – noon

Birthday Party 
Spend half a day at the Ranch for Birthday Celebration! Pony Rides, Groom, Paint a Pony and why not help out feeding and caring for the horses. Catering available. To make reservation, contact us at

Bed & Brekfast

On the Ranch we have 3 Cabins for rent. All with shared outdoor shower and bathroom. Located above the pasture and right next to barn area. overlooking the gorgeous hill ridge. 

The Longhorn Cabin

14×28 Cabin with bedroom queen-sized bed, and sitting room with twin bed and large sofa

The Coyote Cabin

14×40 Cabin with bedroom queen-sized bed, Queen Size bed in sitting room, full kitchen. Outdoor deck and outdoor shower at the deck.

The Deer Cabin

Campsite 1

Bring your own tent and camp out with the horses. Bathroom and Shower is shared with the cabins.

Bandera Historic Rides is located at 749 Old Medina Highway Bandera, TX 78003.

To contact Harrieth and Tom, call (830) 328-2203 or email

For more information visit Bandera Historic Rides website.