(Seguin) -- The idea behind the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is more than just riding in a parade or helping to deliver an official proclamation during a ceremonial event. In fact, there's plenty of history behind the organization -- history that was started 70 plus years ago.
Cooter Todd, a member of the sheriff's mounted posse, says many facts behind the organization are being shared with today's families in hopes of continuing the non-profit organization's efforts.
"The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse, of course, it's a non-profit organization -- everything that we make goes back into the community and to the facility. It was started back in the late 40's. In fact, the sheriff at that time Phil Medlin, he had a beautiful Palomino horse. He was in the posse along with other prestigious people of the community. Our whole purpose at the sheriff's posse is to develop and maintain a group of skilled horseman that are able to be activated in case there's something that goes wrong in the area to assist the citizens of Guadalupe County," said Todd.
Group's like this formally became known as a posse back to the early 1600's. The name "posse" is derived from the familiar Latin term "posse comitatus," which translates to a "volunteer effort of the county."
Todd says over the years, the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse has no doubt been well recognized for its efforts.
"We're active in the community. The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse displays family oriented patriotism through hard work and dedication. They've been performing at rodeos, parades and trail rides through South Central Texas for nearly 70 years. They were the first equestrian group to perform at the San Antonio Alamodome and have appeared twice on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They awarded scholarships to local high schools. They participate in the Toast to Texas at the Sebastopol House. They were also involved in the Pony Express Currier Runs, the Texas Agricultural and Heritage Center at the Red Barn out here north of us and much more other support to the Seguin and Guadalupe County area," said Todd.
Todd says many of the group's community based efforts will be continue this weekend during the group's second Playday.
Todd says the playday held at the posse arena provides a family day of barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cute roping and team roping. Events are designed for kids 6 years and under to adults of all ages. He says following last month's successful playday, the group decided to kick off with a clinic for some of its youngest participants.
"And if you don't have a horse, keep on coming out because this coming playday, we were wanting to do -- and it's free of charge -- it's a little mini clinic starting in the morning, probably about 8:30 and then going up till about 9:30 because then you need to be signed up and the show starts. But I'm going to show everybody how to tie goats that don't know how to tie goats. One of the posse members, Marty Foster, is donating the goats, free of charge for the kids to enjoy doing the goat time and the goat slapping for the little kids that can't wrestle a goat down," said Todd.
Todd says the group which over the last year has revitalized its arena is looking to enhance the facility even more with new obtained lighting. Todd says the facility upgrades are just another effort to continue the group's mission of volunteerism and family oriented patriotism.
"Last time I looked at the roster, it was a pretty long roster. We've got a large membership that's active in the group that's out there doing things in the community and the playdays, they've always stayed pretty steady between 50 to 60 contestants. We're looking to grow the membership. The more people you have in there that are willing to work and help, the better your organization gets. There's strength in numbers and it's always going to be people that are out there not necessarily looking to be riding a horse but maybe just looking to improve the facility so that other people can come out and have fun," said Todd.
The 2017 Playday Series begins with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by Playday at 10 a.m. Those having questions about events are asked to contact Betty McCormack at 512-698-2293. The Guadalupe County Sheriff's Mounted Posse Arena is located at 2215 FM 466, Seguin.