The Escondido Mounted Posse, an equestrian group that you have probably seen in parades throughout San Diego County, is looking for new members to expand its ranks.
To become qualified to ride in parades takes about two to three months. Each new applicant must attend a Posse monthly meeting, a couple of training sessions and function as ground crew at a parade. Furthermore, the prospect must pass a horse and rider inspection performed by the sponsorship committee.
Once qualified, the individual will be permitted to participate in approximately 15 parades annually. These range from as far north as Santa Barbara and east to Yuma. For over 25 years, the Posse has served as the Color Guard for the historic Coronado Fourth of July parade, in the center of one of our nation’s largest establishments of active and retired military personnel. The unit is also the Color Guard for the Valley Center Memorial Day parade and the Oceanside Fourth of July parade.
The Escondido Mounted Posse was chartered and formed in 1948. Until the 1980s, the Posse assisted the regular Escondido officers by patrolling parks and other areas where needed within the city boundaries. At one time, following its inception after World War II, it was the only mounted posse in California. Today, the Posse no longer functions as a law enforcement entity; it is made up entirely of volunteers who enjoy the camaraderie of other horse people and the thrill of representing the City of Escondido before thousands of people in California and Arizona.
The group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall. Visitors and guests are welcome. If you are interested in becoming part of this historic organization, visit their Web site www.escondidomountedposse.com.