SBR Horseback Riders head to Donnelly’s for final ride of season

Don and Rebecca Williams

The SBR Horseback Riders had to dodge some blustery winter weather to have fun on the trails this spring. The January ride at Old Tucson Studios had to be re-scheduled to the first Saturday in February when the weather was much more cooperative. The group enjoyed the ride through parts of the backlot at Old Tucson Studios as well as a part of Saguaro National Park.

Saturday morning, February 28, also proved to be a less than an ideal day for riding with a cold wind blowing, so the riders headed for Pusch Ridge Stables in Oro Valley on Saturday, March 7. They were treated to a beautiful scene as yellow poppies, pink fairy dusters and other wild flowers were happily blooming in the sunshine. One rider spotted two coyotes, some rabbits and a small chipmunk. It was wonderful to be out enjoying the beauty of the Catalina Mountains in such a pretty setting.

Our last ride of the season will be Saturday morning, April 25, at Donnelly’s D Spur Stable in Gold Canyon. This ride was originally planned for February but was moved due to poor weather on the scheduled day. This ride is through the foothills of the Superstition Mountains.

There are no group rides planned in the summer, but rides will resume again in late September. 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.

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.

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].