SNEAK PREVIEW: Pima County Sheriff’s mounted posse doesn’t horse around

We’ve all heard about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or Canadian Mounties, but some may not know there’s a mounted posse right here in town.

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Established in 1946, the Pima County Sheriff’s Posse has long been saving lives, patrolling county parks and representing the department – all on horseback, of course.

This group of dedicated and highly skilled volunteers is on call 24/7 in case anyone happens to get lost amid the cactus or fall into a canyon crevice.

The horses go where big clunky vehicles can’t.

The Posse is regularly on parade and frequently holds fundraisers for charities, including our local Search and Rescue Council, Inc. (SARCI), which it also assists.

Posse folks also give talks at local schools on trail safety, advising kids on how not to get lost amid those cactus or fall into that canyon crevice.

But enough talk about the Posse – let’s go for a ride.

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I’ll be riding along with some members of this impressive unit Sunday on a horse named Chapo.

“He is 9 years old, a Tennessee Walker who I use for search and rescue,” said Colleen Leon, Posse second lieutenant and public relations officer. “He is very calm and very well behaved and has hauled out many injured people. I think he will do very well for you.”

Calm, well-behaved and a proven rescuer. Sounds good to me.

Stay tuned for the Pima County Sheriff’s mounted posse story package – with video, photos and more info – next week on Rynski’s Blogski.

What do you want to know about the Posse?

Please list any questions below and I’ll bring them along for the ride.


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13 Responses to SNEAK PREVIEW: Pima County Sheriff’s mounted posse doesn’t horse around

  1. azmouse says:

    Wow! That sounds like a fun time for you, Ryn!

  2. Andrew Ulanowski says:

    Have fun riding Ryn! Hiya Mouse, what are you up too?

  3. Rynski says:

    yes, i am excited about the ride along – esp since it’s an AWESOME way to get out of super bowl sunday – hahha.
    please do let me know if there are any burning questions  you  have for the members.

    • Jennatoolz says:

      Ask them if I can have a horse! Lol I’m kidding. I don’t have anywhere to put a horse…and Dante + Kitty + boyfriend are enough to take care of for now…hahaha.

      How fun for you! I miss the days when I was a kid, with a friend who lived on a ranch. We’d go ride horses in the New Mexican wilderness all the time. Hmm…maybe I can get my man to take me on a horseback ride next Sunday (14th!) for an ultra special Valentines day treat!! I hope you have an amazing time out there, Ryn! 😀

      • Rynski says:

        oooooh! a val day horse ride sounds amazing!! yes – get him to go for it! what a treat.
        thanks for well wishes – i’ll bet chapo is a good chap.
        having a horse would be cool – but also a lot of work, space and besides, sawyer freaks them out. he gets upset seeing anything bigger than him – hahha.
        also know what you mean about having plenty to take care of, too! think lazlo drains me the most – hahahh

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        i so love horse riding! i used to ride regularly north of Scottsdale on 40 acres of what used to be open desert and is now a subdivision of houses. I took Western lessons with Jimmy Lee. All the horses were Arabians, wonderful to ride. My favorite was CJ, a former race horse. He was THE RIDE! We would ride very fast through the washes . . . nothing like it!

      • radmax says:

        Fury…Lightning…Blaze…Widowmaker…Chapo…aHahaha! 🙂

      • radmax says:

        All kiddin’ aside Rynski, have a great time and I look forward to your corresponding blog. My dad used to ride with the Dragoon Sheriffs Dept. volunteers. He used to tell some great stories about those days…and the parties afterwards. 😉

  4. radmax says:

    uhhh, Rynski…’chapo’ roughly translated is short, fat, stunted, dwarf. 😉 Have a nice ride! Hahaha!

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