Former Navajo County Supervisor J.R. DeSpain takes a handoff from his son Rusty on the 55th annual Navajo County Sheriff’s Hashknife Pony Express Ride. It was J.R.’s first ride since 1984. Rusty served as the posse’s first lieutenant for this year’s ride. The DeSpains have a long history with the posse. J.R.’s uncle, Grant Brinkerhoff, and his second cousin, Ray DeSpain, were charter members of the organization, which was established as a search and rescue unit.