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Pony Express Ready To Ride

By Staff | Apr 7, 2009

PONY EXPRESS RIDERS OF IOWA are ready to hit the trails on their annual Good Friday ride. The Palo Alto County group (pictured) will ride through each town in the county before heading to Camp Sunnyside near Jefferson. Look for the Lammers, Johnsons, Allens, Longs, Manwarrens and others from Palo Alto County to be in your community, collecting funds to benefit Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside. --Jane Whitmore photo

Horses and riders will take to the roadways this Friday as members of Pony Express saddle up for the annual fundraiser to help those with disabilities. The Good Friday ride is April 10.

Palo Alto County Pony Express has been raising funds throughout the year. They have held an auction in Mallard, participated in guest bar tending in West Bend, organized a teen sorting event, and sponsored dances with 50/50 pots.

Riders in the county group will join riders from across the state of Iowa this Friday in a statewide fund raiser.

The first group of Palo Alto County riders will leave from Mallard this Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. Jason Johnson and Timmy Allen will lead the group as they travel from Mallard to Jefferson. They will have 24 head of horses, riding a fresh horse every mile.

The second group will leave Mallard at 9 a.m. Friday and head to Ruthven. There they will collect donations, then riders will leave Ruthven at 10:30 and head to Emmetsburg.

Angie Allen’s group will be in Graettinger at 8:30 a.m. They will ride from Graettinger to Emmetsburg, meeting the rest of the group at 12 noon.

Phil Kollasch will lead the group into West Bend at 9 a.m. They will meet the rest of the Palo Alto County group at Whittemore at 3 p.m.

Palo Alto County Pony Express will ride into Emmetsburg at 12 noon Friday. They will gather in the Courthouse Square area to visit with people, to answer questions and to accept donations for Camp Sunnyside. From Emmetsburg, the group will travel to Cylinder and end the county ride in Whittemore.

There will be approximately 40 riders from Palo Alto County participating this year.

“We appreciate our residents’ generosity and look forward to seeing them this Friday,” said Vinnie Lammers, one of the event organizers.

While at the Courthouse Square, Pony Express riders will be selling tickets for a 2009 Kiefer Built Eagle XLA two-horse slant-V nose bumper pull trailer (or $2,000 option). The prize has been donated by Kiefer Built, Inc. at Kanawha.

On Saturday, all of the Pony Express riders will ride to Jefferson. There, Palo Alto County riders will meet up with the riders who left on Friday.

The group will meet at the John Deere plant at Ankeny, explained Lammer, where they will meet the governor. Former Iowa Governor Ray has ridden with the group each year.

Riders from across the state will ride from the John Deere plant in Ankeny to Camp Sunnyside. Lammers expects more than 40 riders from Palo Alto County will be among the group of over 200 from across Iowa.

The event will culminate with a victory dance at Seven Flags.

Pony Express Riders of Iowa, Inc., have set a goal of $300,000 this year. All funds will benefit Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside.