Saddle up and join the fun of horseback riding

From right are Vicki Pitts—owner of Pusch Ridge Stables, Bev Hall, Jeanne Bianchini, Rebecca Williams, Don Williams and Mary Theis returning from a ride through the foothills of the Catalina Mountains at Pusch Ridge Stables. undefined

From right are Vicki Pitts—owner of Pusch Ridge Stables, Bev Hall, Jeanne Bianchini, Rebecca Williams, Don Williams and Mary Theis returning from a ride through the foothills of the Catalina Mountains at Pusch Ridge Stables.

Rebecca Williams

With spring flowers on the way, it is a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful Arizona scenery by horseback. The SaddleBrooke Ranch Riding Group is planning a full schedule of rides for the spring season. These rides are for all experience levels and those who have not been on a horse in many years are welcome to join in. All trail rides are for one hour and are at a walk, just to enjoy the beautiful spring scenery.

On Saturday morning, February 28, the group will be heading up to Gold Canyon east of Apache Junction for a scenic ride in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. We will be riding at Donnelly’s D-Spur Stables. The foothills are beautiful in the morning. This site is about one hour and fifteen minutes from SaddleBrooke Ranch.

On Saturday morning, March 28 we will be driving down to Colossal Cave Mountain Park to ride through the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. This venue has some wonderful scenery. You can plan to spend some extra time there learning about the Civil Conservation Corps work at the park building trails during the 1930s. There is also a nice one hour cave tour if you can plan to stay in the park after the ride.

Our last ride of the season will be Saturday morning, April 25 at Pusch Ridge Stables in Oro Valley. This venue is nice as it is nearby and a favorite spot for many of our riders. This ride is in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains with the trail winding through a portion of Catalina State Park.

If you need more information or would like to participate, please contact Don or Rebecca Williams, secretary for the group. They will sign you up for the ride, confirm the number attending with the stable, and assist in organizing car pools for those interested. They can be reached at 520-825-2466 or on email at [email protected]

Rides typically cost between $35 and $40 per person. Plan to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Bringing a bottle of water is recommended. These are easily hung tucked into a pouch or a loop hung from the saddle horn. Western saddles are used on all rides.