FROM: Larry Carpenter
May 13th, 2019 PST

The California Division participated in the 8th Annual Clarksville Day, Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Eight members served 5 hours at the open air event.  They had two tables and several displays set up to tell the Pony Express story. They were among a couple of dozen historical and community groups to participate.  2000 plus people attended the event and many made their way to the California Division tables with questions and comments about the Pony Express. Ride Letter Applications, NPEA brochures, and Pony Express Map and Guides were given out and, Continue Reading


2018 xp ride with Windy and month old BobCat - Lee Hofer

FROM: Lee Hofer
July 3rd, 2018 PST

2018 xp ride with Windy and month old BobCat

Along the California Trail 2018

June 21st, 2018 PST

Along the trail just east of Old Sacramento 6/20/18

First 2018 Re-Rider Departs Old Sacramento!

FROM: Annette Nylander
June 20th, 2018 PST

The first ride of the year went off without a hitch. I was escorted in by our color guard, Cindy, Susan and Billy carried the flags with pride. My wonder mare Bonita, who has carried me on 14 of the last 16 years, pranced in with great form. I was sworn in, the mochilla was placed by Jim, I mounted up and was ready to ride. With only a minute to wait Bonita spun to face the route headed east and we were off. Crowds cheered as we departed. The, Continue Reading


Rider Report South Lake Tahoe

FROM: Lisa Agoitia
June 17th, 2017 PST

We started our trail in front of post office at South Lake Tahoe but before we went to see if the next trail was passible.  We got one third the way up and hit solid snow.  So plan B was put in place for the next rider.  While waiting for Nevada rider we found out he was bucked off and we went on a search and rescue mission to find his runaway horse. We heard the rider was fine but went to the hospital to be checked out.  The fire, Continue Reading

2nd year as a Ride Lieutenant

FROM: Christine Starr
June 16th, 2017 PST

I just finished my second year as a Ride Lieutenant for the National Pony Express Re-Ride.  I started in Tahoe at the State Line on Wednesday June 14th at 3:15 (left Placerville at 1:00), rider was coming in at 5:30 (we have to be in place 2 hours ahead when we are in the mountains), followed my different riders down the mountain.  Normally I would have been done at XP Corral,  but while we were in Tahoe waiting, my co-pilot Cinder & I decided we wanted to go the whole, Continue Reading

Czech contingent joins NPEA CA for Annual Re-Ride

FROM: Larry Carpenter
June 14th, 2017 PST

Czech ReRiders Czech ReRiders Czech ReRiders In 1860- 1861, it was a Home Station for the Pony Express. This is what it looked like then. There was an exchange of Riders and horses here, but it was also an Inn on the road to Virginia City. Tonight it will serve as an International gathering of friends of the Pony Express! SPORTSMAN’S is not only a national historic trail landmark, but a very good restaurant. The California Division has held everything from monthly meetings, Ride Selection, to Ride Dinners here WELCOME, Continue Reading


Riders Strive to be on Time!

FROM: Tom Crews, California NPEA
June 18th, 2016 PST

This may not be a race, but I know all riders strive to be on time. When California is running a little behind you would not believe how those riders in the mountains just crash down the hill. We have been known to make up 3 hours and arrive in Old Sac on time. I don’t think the public realizes how individual this “sport” is. Yes, there may be some support people along, but out on the trail it is just one rider and his horse alone under the open, Continue Reading

Hwy 50 to Celio Ranch in CA

FROM: Lisa Agoitia, California XP Rider
June 17th, 2016 PST

My ride was Hwy 50 to Celio Ranch. The mail was a 45 min ahead of time by the time I received it. Smooth sailing down the hill to Cielio Ranch. Ran it a few min. faster than the time given. If it was raining or wet pavement it would have been a slow go down the paved hill. But weather was on our side and Harmony (my horse) and I had a beautiful ride down. Passed of the mail to the next rider. Folks had pancakes and eggs at, Continue Reading

A Glimpse of the Ride in El Dorado County

FROM: Larry Carpenter, California NPEA
June 15th, 2016 PST

I rejoined the Ride, or caught up with the Ride in El Dorado County, near Buckeye Road and Mother Lode Drive. It is not easy to keep pace with this Event. Riders are maintaining a speed of 8 to 11 miles an hour, but some don’t know this is a Recreation, and they ride with Passion. The route has been developed over the years to avoid traffic bottlenecks, etc, and the Riders disappear down an access rode or onto a dirt road and reappear down a road ahead of you., Continue Reading