California Chapter, ASFMRA member, Randy Edwards, ARA to Ride in Inaugural Parade with Merced County Sheriff's Posse
The horses left early on the morning of Sunday, January 15th to be followed by their 14 riders who flew out on Tuesday. Their destination…Washington, D.C.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Posse will represent the state of California in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Friday, January 20th. Among the riders is California Chapter, ASFMRA member, Randy Edwards, ARA. Randy said that the group had applied just before the election to be a participant in this historic event and was selected by the Inaugural Parade Committee several weeks following the election. In Randy’s words, “It is my patriotic honor to represent our community, county, region and state in this historical event.”

According to a story by ABC 30, Sheriff Vern Warnke had hoped to raise $24,000 to cover transportation costs for the horses. But the community reached the posse’s goal of $80,000 to cover the entire trip to Washington D.C. Hundreds of donors, big and small, came through for a group that wanted to participate no matter which candidate would be taking the presidential oath. In addition to accepting donations, the Posse sold tickets to raffle off American flags which they will carry in the parade. The Sheriff’s Posse also took part in President George W. Bush’s Inauguration Parade in 2005.

On the morning of Sunday, January 15th, two large horse transport vans received a Sheriff’s escort as they left Hilmar on their 53 hour road trip to our nation’s capital. Many from the community lined the roads and cheered as the horses rolled out of town. They will be dressed to the nines in their highly polished silver adorned saddles and tack mounted by their equally outfitted riders who will proudly represent California in the parade. Family, friends and members of the community will be watching on Friday as the Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – and one of the American Society’s own – plays a role in American History.
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