The Sun Circle Trail Riders are going to have a 50th Anniversary celebration in September. The location is the T-Bone Steakhouse on south 19th Ave. Any interested members and especially former members please contact Ron Cordova at 602-708-4814 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Date and time to be announced. Please don't miss it. We would like to see as many members as possible mix it together for one night.
Sun Circle Trail Riders – Rocking Double L ride
By Ron Cordova
Saturday, April 9th, 2016 found the Sun Circle Trail Riders on the road to Apache Junction. We had the good fortune to reconnect with former club members Hugh and Lisa Leather. We rode from their back yard out into preserve land and up to the crosscut trail below the east facing cliffs of the Superstition Mountains. There were 5 riders, 4 were dressed to ride. 1 was dressed to hike. The day was blessed with light breezes that continuously changed the odd shapes of the clouds. At one point there was one cloud that looked like a flying saucer. There were still blossoms from the hedgehog, prickly pear and cholla in plain view. The trail was dirt based but rocky most of the time and we made good time while out there. Marge’s horse, Charlie, had trouble with the preserve gates at first but got used to them quick enough. We saw lots of hikers heading to the top of the flatiron or on their way back down. We did not use that trail but met with a few hilers on the other trails.
The horses were Chico, Lady Di, Li’l Bit, Bullwinkle and Charlie. The riders were Hugh, Lisa, Heidi, Ron and Marge. As we passed hikers we were always hailed with good mornings or lovely day or some other friendly greeting. There was this one couple however. Now you have to imagine this string of horses moseying towards you. The lead rider is dressed in cowboy hat, scarf, long sleeved shirt, jeans, chaps, cowboy boots and with a sidearm. Rider 2 is similarly dressed but with a tank top and no sidearm. 3 is in short sleeved T, jeans and a suitable hat. All are fully saddled. Then there’s me, ball cap, T shirt, cargo shorts, hiking boots and stick, bareback pad, halter and rope (and not using the rope). Rider 5 is similar to riders 1 and 2.
As we passed, riders 1, 2 and 3 received matching good mornings. There was a slight gap in the string and as I passed, the lady says to me (and it sounded like when a little kid goes pottie or something and is praised for it), she says, “Good for you”, with that deep airy lowering toned voice and her lips all pursed and everything. Then Marge, rider 5, receives a hearty good morning as well.
I have spent most of my time since that moment trying to figure out what she meant by that. What the hell? “Good for you?”
As we rode, we had views of the Old Mining Town, Miner’s Camp Restaurant, a house owned by Stevie Nicks, the cliffs and some rock formations like the three sisters, praying hands (and my favorites of course), Big rock and little rock, 2 very large stones that apparently fell off the cliffs and imbedded right in our trail. After about 6 ½ miles we returned to a lunch of crockpot beef. We made tacos with fixin’s, had rice and other treats as well. Thanks so much to Hugh and Lisa for a great ride. If we come back out to see you, it’s all your fault.
I’m doing a series of Moose stories. Moose was my favorite horse that I have ever had. He is also the only horse I have ever had. Works out nice that way. Anyway, his last 4 years, we walked together on trails as I could not ride him anymore. He became an ambassador for all horses those last years. When we were out I would walk him at liberty and seldom had problems with him leaving my side.
So here we are, riding down Pima Wash. Heidi and I are mounted, Moose is loose. There is a small, shall I say senior lady walking out ahead of us some distance. As we ride we are getting closer and we can hear her nylon pants swishing as she walked. As we approached her from the rear, Moose passed us and turned behind a large bush, Suddenly, we heard no more pant swishing. As I round the bush I see her standing off trail with Moose standing face to face with her and she is bowing to him. I hurried and dismounted and moved him away from her and asked if she was alright. She says, “Of course and he has honored me.” Confused, I ask her how he has honored her. She explained that he had approached, turned to her, stopped and bowed to her with his left eye and then bowed to her with his right. As we parted, I told her that I was glad he had shown her such respect and we turned and left without telling her that he was just checking her pockets for treats. She has a great story to tell for the rest of her life. And so do I.
Sun Circle Trail Riders is a trail riding club that likes leisurely rides and lots of conversation. We have a meeting at 7:00 PM, on the second Thursday each month at the T-Bone Steakhouse, 19th Ave and Lodge, Phx. You are welcome to join us. Some members come out early to enjoy a meal before the meeting. We are currently having a 3 month presentation encouraging safe trailering.
Come ride with us once and you will join the club. For info please call 602-708-4814 or e-mail email@example.com.
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