For 4 years, I have experienced Pony Express from the ground. Capturing photos behind the scenes, at just a few stops along the way. Making memories. Memories that will stick with us forever. Memories that turned friends into family. This year, my 5th year I was given an amazing opportunity to photograph the whole excursion from start to finish in the back of a Polaris Rzr driven by Mike Knoles of AZ Hummer Tours alongside Ben Ely of Ben Ely Photography.
The weather was to die for, Ben and I became the best of friends :), and the mail was delivered safely to Prescott, Arizona Friday, July 1, with Daniel Hamilton leading the way.
You may be wondering what in the world I am referring to, so let me give you a little back story. The Phoenix JC Comancheros, a men's charity club, have been reenacting the historical Pony Express for many, many years now. This wild bunch raises money by selling letters for $5.00 that the men carry in mail bags on horseback. Each rider is sponsored by various businesses and people and must do so to receive a "leg" in the relay. The two day excursion takes the riders from Phoenix to Prescott. Money that is raised is given to the children's charity, Horses Help.
Sanctioned by the US postal service, the riders hand the mail off for 64 "legs" which are anywhere from 1 to 3.5 miles long from Phoenix, through Cave Creek, Black Canyon City, New River, Cleator, Crown King (where the whole town gathers to lay out the red carpet), down Senator Highway, around the square and then finally to the post office. Once the mail reaches the post office, the Trail Boss hands the mail over to the post master. The mail is then hand cancelled and mailed off to it's respected owner. Recipients of the letters are pleased to read the included story of the Pony Express and a letter that the mailer has written.
It is truly an amazing thing these guys gather to do. I am forever grateful to be given the chance to be able to join them.
And now we will start preparing for the next one.
If you are interested in more info, feel free to get in touch with me. There is opportunities for sponsorships and letter purchases. And tune in to my Facebook page for even more photos.