Over the past 30 some odd years, Papago managed to stay in operation, even when the new freeway was built that passed right by and the lake district moved in. The original plans were supposed to include the stable, but then the developers changed their minds for whatever reason. I don't know that they were ever given a reason why they were no longer included.
Even with the new high rise buildings and shopping areas going up around the lake and stables, Papago still held on...until they couldn't anymore. Yesterday my brother showed me a picture from a Facebook group he was in that showed the land where Papago was and told me they were gone. Not believing it, I got on the internet to look for something saying they'd closed. Oddly enough, other than their website no longer being active, I couldn't find anything. Not even on their Facebook page. Did they just quietly close up shop? They were also a boarding facility so I'm sure the horse owners who boarded there were given some kind of notice, but why is there nothing online about it? Since I was unable to find anything, I decided to go look for myself after work today since I live about a mile away and what I found was a major bummer
If you enlarge the aerial photo you'll see the two posts on the edge of the stable's property. When I got home I looked them up again on Facebook and it said they were open until 8pm so I decided to call them to see if maybe they'd simply moved. After 6 or 7 rings I got a recording... "Papago Riding Stables is closed until further notice." What a major bummer. I'm still wondering, though, how come there's nothing online about them closing, even if it's only temporary. Hopefully they'll be able to find a new location and re-open. There's so few rental stables left in the Phoenix Metropolitan area that any of them closing is a huge blow.
It's been many years since I've ridden there. Probably not since I was babysitting the owner's grandson and went for a ride afterwards and had the horse try to remove my leg from my body. Hahahaha. Regardless, there was always something so comforting driving on Curry Road and seeing horses up on the hill
I don't know how long it took to get the horses used to going through the tunnel...the trail didn't always involve it...but I never was on a horse that had issues going through it
As I mentioned above, hopefully they are just trying to find a new location and will be open for business soon. Of course, I have no idea when they even closed so it might be a fruitless thing to hope for.
A blog I follow, Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Saddlery, is having a scavenger hunt on her blog. I took some pictures yesterday but I need to get better ones. Hopefully the images I have in my head will have the reaction I'm looking for, which is laughter. Stay tuned here for my entry.