I am sad to report the Pony Express Event this year in Heber-Overgaard was uneventful. But, they were on the mark for the “pass off” of the mail at Heber Post Office and Overgaard Post Office. There was reportedly an incident on Mogollon Road involving a small car but, I was assured by the Hashknife members who gather every year at Tin Pan Alley’s parking lot that no horses or riders were injured or involved in the incident except for slowing down their progress. The “cookie” wagon was there at Tin Pan Alley’s parking lot serving free to all barbequed sandwiches.
February 7th was the 60th year for the ride, coming through on their way to Payson. This ride is part of Arizona history and is the longest running consecutive Pony Express reenactment since 1958. The historic 200-mile trek which begins in Holbrook, ends in Scottsdale two days later where they kick off the Annual 65th Parada del Sol celebration. The original Pony Express began in 1860 and ended in 1861.
Regardless of any incidents it is always exciting to see the riders and the beautiful well-trained horses with their beautiful tooled leather. Looking forward to next year without incident but always there to support this historic event.