43 Horseback Riders Explore Old Cattle
Trails in Pioneertown Area High-Desert

Forty-three horseback riders, men, women and two children, from 11 different riding clubs, attended the annual winter ride sponsored by Region 11 of the California State Horsemen’s Assn. last weekend at Pioneertown, in the high-desert country located on the eastern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains in Yucca Valley, according to Region 11s Ride Chairman, Mrs. Marjorie Hambly of  San Bernardino.

Riding in the area is unusually interesting because of the striking rock formations surrounding one destination points of Chaparossa Springs. Other areas visited with the old Keyes title ranch area, Pipes Canyon country, Pinon Valley and Saddlerock Springs. Assistance in planning the rides to follow old cattle trails had been given to Mrs. Hambly previously by Deputy Sheriff Kendall J. Stone now of Apple Valley, but whose boyhood have been spent in the Pioneertown area, when his father and grandfather ran cattle there. Patches of snow contrasted with the yucca and cactus.


Excellent overnight facilities for the ride we’re available through the courtesies of Mrs. Eva Barker and Val Jones, both of Pioneertown, in whose”Old West” buildings the riders were housed and fed. Dancing was also enjoyed Saturday evening, with a Western-style orchestra at the “Red Dog.”

Attending from San Bernardino were Billy B. Beardsley of Circle Arrow Ranch School; Chairmen Hambly, San Bernardino Horsemen’s Assn; by this president and Mrs. James Batchalor, sec. Frank Smith and members Keith R. and Kenneth J. Martin, Robert J. Moore of Pacoima,  Mrs. Katy Rozwell, Mrs. Charlene Spurlock, Mr. and Mrs. Avery A. Clyman, Mrs. Josephine Kenworthy, Mrs. Randall Taylor and Miss Helen Robbins. Non-member guests included Oral Johnson and Charles C. Reuss of Rialto; E.R. Preston, Harry Bathurst and James Gilkey of San Bernardino.

Jan. 31, 1960 - The San Bernardino County Sun article clipping