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DeWitt Stables: North Mesa Pumpkin Patch and More

Today we would like to introduce you to our newest sponsor:  DeWitt Stables.  We love the sponsors here at I Heart Mesa that help encourage our work and make this site possible.  I thought it would be fun to start out with a little DeWitt/Mesa history, so here are the words of Page, one of the DeWitt's daughters.  

"My folks, Laron and Sally DeWitt started DeWitt Stables in 1960, Grandpa Waldo DeWitt was a source of inspiration and guidance, passing his love of horses, ranching and all things western on to his oldest son.

The Stables was originally located on Alma School Road and McLellan and held rodeo's and ropings several nights a week in the two arena's that faced Alma School Road. Laron was a World Champion Team Roper and Sally Gymkanna'd and Showed Our World Champion Appalossa Stud Horse, Kings Dandy, in the late 60's and early 70's. Boarding and Training Horses, along with Stud Service of some amazing animals was their main livelihood until my Dad was injured in a construction accident in the mid 70's which made them pare back and change the focus of the Stables to a more family oriented business. The list of Mesa's finest that learned to ride at DeWitt Stables is long and impressive, but in 1980 the pending 202 freeway forced us to find an alternate location and so we moved the entire operation to the uncharted wilds of "Lehi" - Gilbert Road and McDowell. We stayed there for 20 years until the pending expansion and realignment of the same 202 freeway ate up our place again in 2000 when we moved to our current location.

We are a little more secluded here, a little less visible to the driving public, but we love it and plan on never moving again!!"

Last week my girls and I had the privilege of going to visit DeWitt Stables.  I had 3 little girls anxious to get out and ride a pony and 2 even younger girls who wanted nothing but to be carried around.  Within minutes the older girls were loaded on ponies and I had two seasoned DeWitt moms by my side to help hold and keep the temperamental 2 year olds happy while we took our tour.   

While on our tour were able to stop and see the goats, a wide variety of chickens, the largest rooster I've ever laid eyes on, a bull, a duck, horses, mules, cows...and my girls were in heaven taking the tour from atop a pony.  

Every Friday and Saturday in October, DeWitt Stables is hosting "The Patch of Pumpkins, Pets and Ponies."  There you'll be able to enjoy these famous pony rides I keep talking about, a petting zoo of the beautiful animals, a hay maze, farm games (see how good you are at roping a cow), a barrel train ride for those 7 and under, lots of picture opportunities, a craft fair, BBQ if you are hungry, and then take a hay ride around the farm to pick out your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.  Pumpkins range from around $2 - $8.      

DeWitt Stables is located at:
2211 E. Quince, Mesa
(Gilbert Rd., just north of the 202 Red Mountain)
Yes, if you were looking for a fun pumpkin patch in North Mesa, this is it!

Admission to the patch is $5
Kids under 3 are FREE 
Family tickets are $25 and group rates are available
(BBQ is extra)
From now until this weekend, purchase a Groupon for 2 for 1 admission here.  $5 will allow 2 people to enjoy all these activities!   

Opening Day for "The Patch of Pumpkins, Pets and Ponies" is this Friday, October 7th.  The Patch is open Fridays from Noon till Dark and Saturdays 10:00 AM - Dark.  

DeWitt Stables isn't just pumpkin patches and pony rides either.  All year long they have riding lessons and you can schedule your own trail rides.  Trail rides are $25 per person for the first hour, a second hour can be added for an additional $15. They can customize trail rides to your needs - 1/2 day, overnighters, etc. There is a price break to $20 per person if your group is more than 10.  And if you are looking for a special family, church, school, just fun group activity, then schedule a hay ride.  Hayrides are $175 for the first wagon (each wagon holds about 25) and $150 for additional wagons. This includes a hayride through the groves, big bonfire to have a sing along, make s'mores or access to a couple of different areas to eat or have a party afterwards. They even offer the option of catering.  All the fun usually 2 - 3 hours long.

Oh, and I hear they are available for parades!  (If we ever bring back the Mesa Day parade, I'm calling DeWitt Stables :)

DeWitt Stables is definitely a name you want to remember for the upcoming holidays and beyond.  Whether you want a fun pumpkin patch in Mesa or a memorable family hayride or you think horse lessons for Christmas would be the perfect present.     

Thank you to Page and family for hosting us last week.  My girls can't stop talking about it and are excited to go back.  We look forward to the Patch's opening day tomorrow!

Hopefully we will see you there (just don't forget your Groupon.)   

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