Superstition Stables History

Chet Weaver

Chet Weaver
In the late 70’s Chet and June Weaver established Superstition Riding Stables which is still family owned and operated.

When they purchased the original five acres there was no water, sewer or electricity in the area. There were only miles of dirt roads and desert.

The only structures on the site were an old Pony Express Stop, which they used for an office, and an arena. The arena was known as the largest rodeo arena in the valley.

Superstition Stables Painting
Painting of Superstition Stables
The Weavers
The Weavers
Chet and June Weaver
Horse Boarding
June Weaver

Jane Weaver
For the first few years they lived in a motor home.

June Weaver hauled water twice a day from Mesa for the horses and their personal use.

The business prospered with hourly and daily horseback rides as well as pack trips into the Superstition Wilderness and Tonto National Forest. On occasion, Chet and June arranged wilderness weddings. Bride, groom and preacher were taken into the Superstition Wilderness for an unforgettable wedding ceremony.

The next step was to build a home and bring water and a septic system to their acreage. This made life more comfortable and helped the business expand. With the modern conveniences in place, they built a a party area on premises for weddings, family reunions and corporate parties. Steak Cookouts and Sunrise Breakfasts became popular.

In spring and fall they would lead a pack trip from the Superstition Stables, Apache Junction to their Mormon Lake Stable. This was the ultimate wilderness experience over many miles of desert and mountains. The trip was roughing it to the extreme, with campfire cooking, sleeping on bedrolls and bathing in the creeks when they were not dry. This was the way they transported their heard of 75 to a 100 stable horses from the winter location in Apache Junction to their summer Mormon Lake stables.

The Weavers retired in 1995 at the age of 80.

Today Superstition Stables Equestrian Center is operating as an equestrian center with horse boarding, an entertainment and events area.