Campout at MCS Stables in Flagstaff in August

Things to Come


On August 9th, Friday, MCS Stables is expecting you at any time…..there is no check in time. Check out time on Sunday, August 11th, is noon.

After your arrival, you are on your own for lunch and dinner and as it is right now, there will be a campfire.

On Saturday, August 10th, breakfast is on your own, but I WILL have cinnamon rolls for you if you want to come by and pick some up. If you want to participate, there will be a 3 to 4-hour ride that will leave at 10 am. Connie Cazier will lead the ride and Pam Gaston will ride drag. Please come early to sign your release form and bring water and a small lunch or a big snack for a snack/lunch stop on the trail. We will return by 2 pm. The rest of the afternoon is yours until 5 pm.

At 5 pm, we will have a potluck. Where is yet to be determined but once you arrive, we will let you know the location of the potluck. Please bring a main dish and a dessert or side dish and a chair. You are responsible for your own drinks, utensils, plates and napkins. After dinner we will play right-left-center so bring your $3 also if you want to play. It is likely that we will have a campfire unless there are forest restrictions but there will be plenty of conversation and maybe a little guitar pickin’.

The next morning, breakfast is on your own and you are welcome to ride too. Check out time is at noon. There is water for your horses, pens and feed is supplied if you like. There are no showers or dump stations but there is electric for those of you who have hookups.

The location of MCS Stables is 8301 S. State Route 89A, Flagstaff, AZ 86005. If you need to call MCS Stables, their phone number is 928-774-5835 or 928-637-6271.

We hope to see you there!!

Membership Meeting #2

Things from the Past and Things to Come


The SHA General Membership Meeting featured Bonnie Slaton and her husband, Gary, as the guest speakers. Bonnie and a friend, Lynn, rode the Arizona Trail over a span of 5 years, from beginning to end. They traveled 833 miles and never used a pack animal. Bonnie showed some marvelous slides of various segment trips and explained their strategies and planning they utilized to make this dream become a reality. Bonnie also brought some of her equipment with her so we could all see what she packed on her horse and how she made camp for her and her horse. There were 52 members there to listen to this interesting presentation and afterwards, SHA presented Bonnie and Gary with a $50 gift certificate to Chilis and a card for making the trek from Tucson to be with us.

Also recognized for their outstanding work within SHA were Cathy and Bob Diroff, Bev and Ron Dougherty and Connie and Scott Cazier. They were all given cards and $25 Chilis Gift Cards for their outstanding work this year.

Crista Rizzi, AJ Councilwoman, also spoke to the group about making AJ a more friendly horse community on behalf of the horse; therefore, 3×5 cards were passed out to folks to glean their ideas and thoughts about helping AJ become a better horse community.

There were also three door prizes given away and $72 given for the 50/50.

Everyone adjourned to eat refreshments and drink coffee and water.  Bonnie and Gary stayed to answer individual questions.

It was a great evening of comradery and being exposed to new and interesting information. Our next meeting will be about the Arizona Trail. You will not want to miss this informative meeting. Hope to see you there!!

Membership Meeting #1

Things from the Past and Things to Come


The first SHA Membership Meeting was a huge success with 32 people in attendance to listen to the guest speaker, Dana Moore. Dana is a Massage Therapist/Chiropractor that does body work on people and horses. She gave an amazing demonstration on a mini horse, Shadow, owned by Peggy and Chip Wilson and proceeded to demonstrate more techniques on a larger mare owned by her husband. She was extremely informative, gave out wonderful handouts. Darryl Cross gave her a free membership to
SHA and Pam Gaston gave her $25. A thank you card was also sent to her.

A 50/50 was collected and $70 was the total. Peggy Wilson won $35 from the 50/50. Three door prizes were also won and given out plus five sets of Clinton Anderson tickets. Refreshments were served at the end of the meeting and it was a lovely evening.

Our next SHA Membership Meeting will be on February 20th . We hope to see you there!!

Summary of Arnett Canyon Ride and Picnic

Things from the Past and Things to Come


It was a beautiful day as 14 riders, led by Darryl Cross with Gene Gooding as drag, rode out through Arnett Canyon. There were beautiful trees, clear water, blue skies, towering rocks and cliffs throughout the canyon. The group climbed up to a focal point on the Lost Trail/Arnett Canyon Spur Trail and looked over into Superior as the group munched on a snack and took a drink of water. Everyone headed back and it was a terrific ride with well behaved horses and wonderful camaraderie.

The second ride left at 11:30 am, led by Dianne Blanding with Scott Cazier as drag. They rode through the canyon and had a lovely two hour ride. They arrived back at camp just in time to sit down to a delicious potluck of baked and fried chicken, Dillons’ Potato Salad, and numerous dishes that were brought to pitch in and share.

The sunshine was bright, the sun was warm and the  conversation was delightful. There were a total of 27 people who attended the picnic. Everyone had a great time.

2018-2019 Membership Open

Memberships in the SHA are available for the year ending September 30, 2019.

We have made the membership application process easy for you through an online membership form with a link to pay via Paypal after submission.

Single memberships are $20.00 and Family memberships are $30.00.