50th Pony Express Ride embarks from Globe

David Sowders/Copper Country News Allen Gillespie of the White Mountain Sheriff’s Posse, with mailbags slung over his saddle, guides a riderless horse bearing an empty boot - symbolizing lost Posse members - down Hill Street.

Dedicating the event in memory of past members, the White Mountain Sheriff’s Posse held their 50th Anniversary Pony Express Ride last week. The Posse, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to search and rescue, saddled up for a three-day trip carrying mail from Globe to Pinetop, via San Carlos and Whiteriver.

The riders started out Wednesday morning outside the Globe Post Office, where Globe’s acting postmaster, Brittnie Claridge, administered their oaths; with them went one riderless horse with an empty boot in its stirrup, to symbolize lost Posse members.

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