The Pony Express Rides Again

Imagine riding on horseback for 200 miles, just to deliver the mail. That’s the job of the Hashknife Handoff Pony Express each year. They will begin their ride from Holbrook to Scottsdale on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Mark Reynolds, Captain of the Navajo County Sherriff’s Posse, grew up in Holbrook. His dad was part of the Posse. Reynolds joined the Posse after he left the Air Force. The Pony express is just one function of the Posse.  Reynolds has been part of the Hashknife for 40 years and captain for 20 of those years.

“There are 30 riders and 30 support people on the ride”, says Reynolds. “I feel it is important to keep the Pony Express alive and active. I grew up with my dad’s friends and they are all gone. It keeps their spirit alive and keeps the spirit of the old west alive.”

Reynolds’ job as captain of the Holbrook Pony Express is to run and oversee the day-to-day business of the Sherriff’s Posse. 

According to Reynolds, his older brother, Steve, will be the first rider out. He will take mail from the post office in Holbrook and begin the ride. Steve Reynolds has been with the Posse for 45 years, longer than anyone else on the ride.

You can be a part of the Hashknife Handoff Pony Express by writing a letter for them to carry. The mail will have a special stamp, making it a historical document, says Reynolds. For more information, go to Hashknifeponyexpress.com.  

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