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About us

How it started

In June 2008 Anita Teunissen and her now-ex bought the sheep farm Björkhaga in Ekshärad. It is a beautiful Swedish farm wonderfully situated at the river Klarälven and at the foot of a great mountain. 

A dream place!

The farm has been renovated into a real ranch with saloon, cabins and a western & souvenir shop. Of course a lot of (painted) horses, nice fences, authentic T-bars, nice decorations and the cozy western atmosphere is now a fact. 

The name for the ranch was clear from day one: that should be The Sun Dance Ranch after Anita’s first horse Sun Dance Kid who died much too young. From May 2013 Anita owns the ranch on her own and with the help of a lot of friends and helpers she knows to manage it to a wonderful company. She has a lot of plans for a new look and ideas and she is more enthusiastic than ever to go on with her dream on her little paradise.

About Anita

Anita Teunissen (born in 1972) has lived her whole life in Valkenswaard in the Netherlands. She started riding at the age of 10 and never stopped! She loves all kind of animals. She was always in love with Indians en crazy about bison’s. When she was 18 years old she started with western riding and never wanted something else anymore. She knew from her youth that she one day wanted to start a western ranch. Her dream came true with buying the Björkhaga farm. It was a big step to leave her family and own country and start a new life in a foreign country. But she is crazy about Sweden and still loves her work on the ranch!

Anita has a lot of experience in giving western riding lessons (from beginners to amateur level), entertaining, organizing and guiding more-days-trails, shows & competitions and so on. She has been in the board of a big western club in Holland and she had her own business (dance school). Together with her American Paint Horse stallion Day N Night she competed for many years in Pleasure, Trail and Horsemanship through whole Holland and Belgium. She competed several times at the Dutch Championships with often good results.

She gave western riding lessons on a riding school in Eersel in Holland. She also organized a lot of activities for the riding school and was even active behind the screens of the Dutch Championships. She followed a lot of courses in academic groundwork, horsemanship en working with your feeling. She uses this often in her lessons and trainings.

The Sun Dance Ranch grows!

In the mean time she has built up something beautiful on the ranch. A lot of people went home with a great riding and Sweden experience! This gives even more and more motivation and power to expand the ranch constantly so we can offer more people an unforgettable holiday.

The ranch has a nice big saloon with restaurant kitchen, cozy terras, nice western & souvenir shop, toilet building, cabins, beautiful decorated garden, mini campsite with picnic and campfire places at the waterside, sleeping room for the helpers, perfect riding paddock, horsemanship paddock and round pen, night paddocks etc, etc.

New love

Meanwhile, Anita found her soulmate in the Swedish man Anders Skoglund. He stands 100% behind Anita, the ranch and the new ideas. Together they are determined to make something beautiful out of it! Anders is also interested in western from his childhood and his Tinker Moa and Shetty Kalle already live in the flock. For him it is also a dream come true to run the ranch together with Anita and help where he can!

And of course there are a lot of new ideas and plans for the future! The first thing they are going to realize are one or more tipi’s. That will complete the picture!

The other animals

At the ranch you will also be welcomed by a wonderful Australian Shepherd dog named Sioux, a little Jack Russel Jady and cats Bikkeltje, Ebbe and Sudde.

Contact information

Sun Dance Ranch AB

Yggenäs Björkhaga
68362 Ekshärad
Värmland - Sweden

Tel. +46 (0) 563-40122
Anita Teunissen +46 (0) 768200579
Anders Skoglund +46 (0) 730621741

VAT SE559059 8495 01



September - October: 
Wednesday till Sunday 18.00-23.00/01.00 
But ring for a booking!
November untill 7 January: 
Wednesday till Sunday 18.00-23.00/01.00
But only open after booking!
8 January - 27 April: CLOSED 
Only open with special activities or for groups after booking!

28 April - 31 August: Daily 10.00-23.00/01.00 


September untill 27 April: All activities after appointment!
28 April - 31 Aug: Daily 9.00-20.00

Or OPEN on appointment or special activities! Ring for special wishes!

We reserve the right to change the opening hours, prices or activities. The original price is in the cash system!