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Riding and Roping Time

Jeff Garretson - April 6, 2016 1:01 pm

a rodeo

Mutton busters, ropers and riders will gather under the roof at the Expo Center/Ag Hall in Salina for the 55th Annual Saline County Mounted Patrol & Rescue Squad Rodeo.

The event raises money to help pay for equipment used in the field for searches where the road ends or where the lake begins in central Kansas.

“Most of our mission is not on horseback,” said Carl Carnes, Commander of the Mounted Patrol.

Carnes joined in on the KSAL Morning News Wednesday with a look at the group known for looking for missing persons in all conditions.

“We still have a few horses. We went from about 13 horses down to four. Normally we get called out in the middle of the night so we don’t risk the horses at night – we do everything on foot or on an ATV.”

Carnes tells KSAL News that the non-profit group has four certified divers and trains year around on water rescues and ground searches.

“All the equipment that we have to buy for our rescue ventures is money that we have to either come out our own pockets or raise and that’s why we have the rodeos.”

The 55th Annual Saline County Mounted Patrol & Rescue Squad Rodeo is Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th. Opening ceremonies begin at 7pm, Rodeo at 7:30pm.

Advanced tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for Kids. Under 5 is Free. Tickets at the Gate are $6 for Adults and $3 for Kids. Under 5 is Free.

City of Salina