A&O Plants Roots
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.
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.”