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Pony Express carries 2,200 pieces of holiday mail

Posted: Thursday, Dec 16th, 2010

It was a chilly ride Saturday but the SEWY Pony Express carried nearly 2,200 pieces of mail between Guernsey and Fort Laramie in their annual Christmas Card Ride. L-R: Angie Montgomery, Roy Bennett, Karen Bennett, Nate Huyser, Alise Schwab, George Branscom.

Nobody said it would be easy out here on the frontier and Saturday was a great example as the hardiest of riders saddled up Saturday morning and completed the 12-mile Pony Express Christmas Card Ride.

For the third year in a row, members of the Southeast Wyoming Pony Express Association collected holiday mail at the countyís post offices and carried them by horseback on a local section of the original Pony Express route.

This year, the group carried 2,194 pieces of holiday mail addressed to locations in 49 of 50 states and several foreign countries.

Riders this year included George Branscom, Roy and Karen Bennett, Donnie Norvell, Nick and Alise Schwab, and Angie and Scott Montgomery.

The group is part of the National Pony Express Association, dedicated to honoring the original Pony Express and its history as part of the American West.

They also participate in the annual national re-ride held each June across eight states, as well as numerous parades and events. Members also volunteer time in elementary schools to teach young history students about the role of the Pony Express in the nationís history.

The National Association celebrated the 150th anniversary of the original Pony Express this past year.

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