Combine a love of horses with service to the surrounding community and you best describe the central function of the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol. A wholly volunteer organization, its members are notable at area parades, parking lot patrol at college and high school football games as well as numerous other public events such as the Ranch Hand Breakfast. But such visibility comprises only part of patrol activities. In addition to those aforementioned events which prominently includes hosting the popular annual King Ranch Trail Ride, the patrol stands ready to assist the Sheriff of Kleberg County in times of emergency as well as other organizations. Such groups as the American Red Cross, county civil defense and disaster units, the Texas National Guard or other state government defense organizations may also call upon the patrol unit. Some of these activities typically involve search and rescue operations and policing events exemplified by the Kingsville Naval Air Station Air Show. United by respect for the horse and horsemanship traditions, members are deputized but not vested peace officers. Members of this non-profit organization receive no compensation for their extensive community contributions, and personally absorb all equine costs associated with care, training and equipping of their mounts. Guided by a patrol captain, currently under command of Lynn Early, a First Lieutenant (executive officer) David Deacon, and a Second Lieutenant (Secretary/Treasurer) Marsha Prukop, the organization meets monthly to review recent events and plan for future ones. Membership is open to all equine enthusiasts who are American citizens 18 years or older. For further information regarding membership contact Bob Linton at 592-2987.
Meetings are held the third Monday of every month in the basement of Kleberg Bank (100 E Kleberg Ave, Kingsville, TX ) at 7:00p.m.
Designed by Jo Prukop 2009.