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Colorado Springs | February 23, 2021 - Last Thursday morning, Freeman Ranch of Yoder presented funds to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, which were raised during the Back the Blue Team Roping and Barrel Race last fall. The amount donated to the EPC Sheriff's Office Foundation totaled $10,655 and is earmarked for the Rural Enforcement and Outreach Unit, according to a Facebook post by the EPC Sheriff's Office.
Freeman Ranch sweetened the deal by also donating a 14-year-old gray quarter horse named Pete to the EPCS Office Mounted Unit. After some training, Pete will be the newest certified horse on the mounted unit. Freeman Ranch owner Russell Freeman is confident his former mount will fit the bill and serve El Paso County law enforcement well.
"Pete has been used in pivots for the Pikes Peak Range Riders, has been ridden in parades, he's pushed longhorns through downtown crowds and is the fastest horse I've ever had," says Freeman. "He is a good boy, and I will miss him, but I'm very excited for his new career."
Officials from the EPC Sheriff's Office gathered to welcome Pete, including mounted unit officers, rural enforcement and outreach officers, and undersheriff Pete Carey. Carey presented Freeman Ranch staff with an EPCS Coin of Excellence on-site and thanked Freeman for his contributions to the sheriff's office.
The Back the Blue event was organized and hosted by the Freeman Ranch on October 17, 2020. Team ropers and barrel racers from across the state participated, and small businesses across El Paso County and surrounding areas stepped up to sponsor the event.