The Friends of the Mounted Patrol is hosting a volunteer-led fundraiser to help support the City's Mounted Patrol Unit.
- "Pony Up Open Barn Fundraiser"
- Saturday, June 22, 11:00am to 3:00pm
- Mounted Patrol Barn , 1362 NW Naito Parkway
- Live music, food, and family friendly activities
The movement to save the Mounted Patrol started last month when the Friends of the Mounted Patrol began its campaign to save the 122 year old program from being cut from Mayor Charlie Hales' budget. Mayor Hales and Police Chief Mike Reese eventually agreed to keep the Mounted Patrol in the city budget as long as private support covered non-personnel costs. Now, the Friends, a nonprofit organization, must raise $400,000 to cover non-personnel expenses for the next two years, such as facility operations, saddles, and
"This will be a fun opportunity for the community to support our Mounted Patrol," says Bob Ball, Vice
President of the Friends of the Mounted Patrol. "Come see the horses in action, meet the officers, make a contribution, and enjoy a fun and lively day of entertainment."
The event is free and open to the public, with attendees encouraged to make a donation to support the Mounted Patrol. The barn doors open at 11 AM, there will be live music from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM, and visitors can watch riding demonstrations at 11:45 AM and 2 PM.
The Friends are a non-profit organization formed in 1985 to help pay for the costs of caring for the horses. Since their endowment has grown, they have been giving $25,000 year for the last several years. This new agreement increases the need eightfold, meaning new community support is necessary.