Horseback Riders Enjoy Views of the Superstition Mountains

Left to right: Craig Bauer, Susan Bauer, Rebecca Williams, Debbie Trapp, Kitty Pohler, and Mark Pohler

Rebecca Williams

The SaddleBrooke Ranch Riding Group had a perfect day of cool weather and clear blue skies for their ride on Feb. 24 at Donnelly’s D-Spur Ranch in Gold Canyon just east of Apache Junction. The venue is generally just a bit warmer than the Ranch and offers magnificent views of the Superstition Mountains as well as surrounding mountain ranges in the Tucson area.

This stable is unique in that they raise about 80 head of Texas Longhorns, which are generally grazing out on the state land that abuts the stable. Some of the cattle were also up by the house, so the riders could see them there. There were wonderful stands of saguaro cacti. One of them was estimated to be around 500 years old. There was a lot of green grass coming up as well as tiny flowers.

The group will next head to Saguaro East National Park for a sunset ride. This ride is available on two dates in case we fill up the saddles on one. The rides are on Saturday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 10, starting at approximately 5 p.m. Exact time to meet will be given prior to the ride.

If you are interested in the Horseback Riding Group’s activities, go to the Saddlebrooke HOA website, “Things to Do,” then “Clubs.” There in the middle column is a link to the “Horseback Riding Group.” Click on that and then the link under the information for the secretary, Rebecca Williams. There you will see a web page about the group’s activities and the upcoming ride under Ride No. 3.

If you would like to participate in a particular ride, send an email to [email protected]. Give the secretary, Rebecca Williams, your name, the ride you want to join, and the time if there is a choice. She will get back to you with a confirmation and can help with any questions you may have. You can participate as often as you choose. All rides are usually one hour and at a walk, just to enjoy the scenery. Upcoming rides are posted on the website. Happy trails!