Mounted Patrol Riders and Horses

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April 26th, 2020

Alpha & Omega Services has purchased the five-acre farm off I45 where they had bivouacked for the past 10 years.  This investment is a show of long term commitment to provide mounted patrols for The Woodlands where they have supplied public safety services for 28 years. 

A&O Mounted Patrol Training
The arena at the A&O base camp is used for interviewing, testing, and initial and ongoing training.

Dubbed Funny Farm South by lighthearted Troopers and staff, the property provides a training arena, stalls for A&O mounts, recreational vehicle pads, wash stations, and an office with a three-bedroom, three-bath extension for overnight stays.  Once purchased, the building was upgraded with new lighting, appliances, and plumbing.  A 50-inch television was installed for overnight visitors or extended stay guests from out of town. 

The full-size arena is used for the extensive horse and rider interview/tryouts required to become an A&O mounted patrol unit.  Both horse and rider must pass a multi-item checklist of skills to be hired.  Then, comprehensive training is done in that same arena.  Also, Troopers are required to complete on-the-job training and periodic reviews in the arena.  If the Trooper wants to use a different horse, more testing may be required.

“While Funny Farm South has been our outpost for a long time,” said Frank Keller, CEO of Alpha & Omega Services, “now we can truly call it home.  We feel this purchase shows our dedication to providing top public safety officers to The Woodlands patrons.”