By Linda Kor
The Navajo County Sheriff’s Hashknife Posse is once again making preparations for its annual Pony Ex-press Ride to Scottsdale, which will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 30. This is the 55th year for the event, which has become an integral part of Holbrook’s heritage. Each year members of the posse leave on horseback from the Holbrook Post Office for a three-day relay trek that takes them from Holbrook to Payson, then on to Scottsdale carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service.
The first Hashknife Pony Express ride took place in 1958, with each rider being sworn in as an honorary mail messenger. The Hashknife outfit has the longest continuous contract with the U.S. Postal Service and annually delivers around 20,000 pieces of first class mail marked “Via Pony Express” and a valued cachet, which is hand-stamped by the riders before the start of the ride.
Prior to taking the ride, posse members will be visiting local schools and on Tuesday, Jan. 29, will be sworn-in in front of the historic courthouse. That evening a dinner will be held in their honor at the Holbrook Elks Lodge. Dinner tickets are available for $14 at the Visitors Center, located at the historic courthouse, or from posse members. All tickets must be purchased prior to the dinner as there will be no tickets available at the door. The posse will leave the following morning from the Holbrook Post Office.
By Linda Kor