Pony Express

2024 INAUGURAL PONY EXPRESS RIDE

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The event will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

The ride will start that Saturday at 12 noon at Ruggles & Main in front of McFarland State Historic Park and the Florence Post Office in Florence, AZ.

The route will take the riders along Hunt Highway, Felix Road, Arizona Farms Road, Gantzel Road, Skyline Road, Empire Road, and Riggs Road (via the Sonoqui Wash trail) to Horseshoe Park.  Riders will participate in opening ceremonies for the rodeo on Saturday.

The mail to be carried will be postcards written by local school children to service men & women stationed
overseas.

Please note:  There are no designated spectator areas along the route.  Watching is at the individual’s own risk.  The riders will generally be moving at a quick pace, so it is important to not hinder the rider’s progress along the route.

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Riders Wanted!

Be apart of the inaugural Roots N’ Boots Pony Express Ride! 

WHO: ALL INTERESTED US CITIZENS OVER THE AGE OF 18 WITH ACCESS TO AN EQUINE AND THE ABILITY TO RIDE SAID ANIMAL

FOR: THE INAUGURAL RUNNING OF THE ROOTS N’ BOOTS QUEEN CREEK PONY EXPRESS

As a newly sanctioned  Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek event, we would like to extend an open invitation to those interested in participating in the Inaugural Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Pony Express Mail Ride.  The event will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

The ride will start that Saturday at 12 noon at the corner of Fourth St & Main St in Historic Old Town Florence.

The route will take the riders along Hunt Highway, Felix Road, Arizona Farms Road, Gantzel Road, Skyline Road, Empire Road, and Riggs Road (via the Sonoqui Wash trail) to Horseshoe Park.  Leg assignments are approximately one mile in length with none over 2 miles long. 

In the weeks prior to the ride, there will be an informal dinner where the riders will be sworn in as official Postal Carriers.  The mail to be carried will be postcards written by local school children to service men & women stationed overseas.

The fee to ride in this exclusive inaugural event is $250.00 per rider.  That fee will be used to purchase your official uniform shirt (which will be in the buttoned Western style, complete with the Roots ‘n’ Boots Queen Creek logo and your badge as a postal carrier), and to pay for the swearing-in dinner.

Riding in this event is at your own risk and you will be required to sign a standard Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek equine activity waiver.  Accompanying riders are welcome to join in, however, they may not carry the mail if they are not paid participants and officially sworn in.

Riders are solely responsible for the transportation of their mounts and themselves to and from their handoff stations.  Riders are expected to be on time, in the saddle and in position before their handoff.  Riders are not required to gallop their entire leg but are expected to maintain a sense of urgency as that is the definition of the word “express.”  A ten-minute mile is the average we look to maintain. However, the health and well-being of your mount is of the utmost importance.

Riders willing to participate will need to email a completed application form to Phil Fedor at philfedor71@gmail.com and pay the entry fee at RootsNBoots.org/Attractions/PonyExpress.  Registration for riders closes on November 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Only 28 rider slots available, so sign up today!

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Unfortunately, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek 2021 has been cancelled, but …

we are still holding smaller, fun community events, like our upcoming Trail Ride.

See you at Roots N' Boots Queen Creek March 16-20, 2022

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