Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 8, 1975 · Page 14
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 14

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'Jte 'laho Free ^Press. Saturday, February 8. 1975-14 ^ r ;-iftfi¥fc."^ : '-'1 ·mm^ Til Kcarlipsl dated lniili in Hip . in umu i'il nosse !· i) 11 i-cl ion is daleil JTii). DiMluas.i firs! phee lionur for posse i-nniptMiliun ;il llu 1 Sn;tke Kiver Stumped* 1 . Till: .MOST U'XCSl'AL a w a r d collected by Hie skills of the comity's mouiurd posse is Iliis hull's head with an pleclric clock, earned at ihe MI51 Ucnu Kotleo as the "Ili'sl Oul-uf- Town Mounted Group." The Irnjiliy hoars a notation thai it w a s donated by Ilic Hotel t'.\ Corlci. Posse drills at fast clip, gallops home with trophies Text and Photos by Rosalyn 0. Barry- CALDWELL -- Tlic most decorated group in Canyon County has won its (ami 1 by riding for Ihe sheriff's office, on horseback. Kxcculinj; ils precision drills at fairs ami rodeos from .: A CLOSE view nf 11171 trophies shows, left, the Snake Hiver ·s Stampede Parade Kxhibition Award, and Hie Stale Posse , Meet Third Place Drill Award. Cheye.nne. Wyo., to Las Vegas, Nov., to Portland, Ore., and al- many, points in between, tliu Canyon County Sheriff's Mounted Posse has spread word of Canyon County's horsemanship, "v^ . The posse installed l'J75 officers at ils mid-January annual banquet, held al Ihc Elks Lod^e in Nampa with Ally Gen. Wayne Kidwell as fealiireil speaker. Heading Ihe group's activities this year arc Millard Morris, re'clcctcd chief Ernest Weathersponn, foreman, and acting secretary-treasurer until this month when this position will be filled; Sam Bell, drill master, and five top hands: Dclberl McGinty and John Dishop, carry-over hands; Wayne Bishop and Al Lopez, each Iwo year terms, and Toni Carter, one year. Hiding as a posse since 1947 when Sheriff Kay Luekenga organized the group, the men have been bringing trophies home annually since 1050. Performances, however, are only part of the posse's responsibilities since the members also are on call to assist (lie sheriff's department whenever needed. Over (he years they have worked on surveillances, guarded a wrecked train in Apple Valley, and wrecked airplanes; guarded prisoners in the hospital, helped search for lost children, searched for drowning viclims, and assisted deputies on fugitive manhunts. Sometimes danger is involved, and was the case when possomen assisted in tracking down three suspects who shot and killed a Parma policeman. After a prison break al Walla Walla, Wnsh., posse members here helped Payette sheriff's officers search that area; "w p c went Ihvough every garage and outhouse," one rider recalled. He added that once when Ihey were trying to find a guy who had gone lieiscrk, one posseman's hat was shot through. Though not trained as regular deputies, posse members are coached by the officers and given firearms inslniction. Some are former law enforcement officers. They often check in al night at (he sheriff's office to ride in a patrol unit with a regular deputy, serving as a back-up. .Sheriff ficorge IV. iN'otirse commented that when lie was working as a deputy he was always happy to have their company on an otherwise sometimes lonely night patrol. The sense of achievement that comes with'the trophy after a drill, and the fun of participating are the rewards for the 32 members who pay their own expenses. Dedicated, they practice every Tuesday night from March to September. The drills basically arc the same with only minor changes occasionally made because it lakes time to train Ihe horse. "We go through it al a prelty good clip," commented a member of long standing, Hob Welsh. "If you sit loose in Ihe imil.l.MASTKU Paul Krisk. left.' alirt-l'ajiyon Oiunly Slierilf (irorfje \\. \iiursr find pride in Hie wide i ariely n! Irupbies brought liuinc HUT nmrp tlian a [|iiartcr century tif coin- saddle going into Ihe wagon wheel, you'll find yourself in Ilic dirt." To he a member of Ihe posse, the rider must be at least it years old and passed on by the lop hands. All the nurses must lie diestmil sorrels. 15 hands high, weighing between l.nvj and l,2ld pounds; horses as well as riders are passed on every year by the top hands. Sheriffs, since the posse's organi/alinn. have been participants and promoters of the group. Luekenga rode in parades with I IIP posse. Dale llailc, sheriff from IS30 through 1SI72. paraded and sometimes drilled with Ihe group, and Xonrse. Iliis last season, accompanied the posse on ils trip and served as ils announcer during the drill. Sourse also was among judges al the stale posse meet al lioiselast year, and al Ulacklool the year before thai. The farthest ihe posse has traveled easl is Cheyenne. \Vjo . fur (be famed Frontier Days, and west. Las Vegas It has performed al three stale fairs at Sacramento, where i! lielilicm in drills and showmanship by the mounted posse. Tin 1 collection is on display at Ihe sheriff's office. represented Idaho, three limes al Ihe Pendlelon Roundup and in 1%;! participated in the Portland Hose Parade. Welsh recalled that the largest ovations came from the crowds at Pendlelun and Cheyenne, but the warmest always seem to lie al hnne. ;rM- THK ;i.I-;.\Ml\(; Parade Sweepstakes Knlrv came home with the Canyuii Cminty Sheriff's .Mounted Posse from ihe l.'i.'ii Hrmi Hodeii. Hie triiphy niven liv [lie XcwC'Inb KPIIO. bst'tnr were The "l^ 1I " SS! " S .. BTOW ' I1 8 ""TMli«n of honors Slale I'usse meet lielil al l.es linis Park. '' nnm "' t h P I THEY KIDK for fun and satisfaction in their skill, but Ihry 1 also give service to Ihe county in many ways. Some of Ihr :i- jmfmhers of Ihe Canyon County Sheriff's .Mounted Posse. shown ,ibo\e, are (ene (Iravps. Bill Moore. Dellierl Mct;inlv, Kriwst Wpalhersponn. Boh Welsh. Wayne Bishop, Sam Kill. .Millard .Morris, Turn Carkr. Kill Kishcr, Kill I JIM her. Kenny [.nwlirr, .lohii Kishop, Paul Krisk and Mill Anil mini. TIWPHIKS WOX hy Hie sheriff's jwssc in 1971 arc shown by Ihe iimpiing nfficrrs fur (he year, from If ft, I'aul Krisk. drill maMer. willi Ihe Snake liivfr Slam|icrte Ivvhlhllhvn award: i'i-spiMiii, secri'lan-lreasurer. with third place "HI. Kruie

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