Oregon Association of Mounted Posses (OAMP) Annual Events:

There are 18 posses in the state of Oregon, which gather together every year for these 5 annual events:


CONVENTION in February - This is a fun social event to reunited with current members and get to know new members.   The hosting County provides a raffle, silent auction, food, no host bar, dance.  Following the Saturday night dinner awards and trophies earned from the previous year's  events are handed out. 


SAR SYMPOSIUM in May - Search and Rescue (SAR) This is an opportunity to hone up on survival skills and certify or re-certify in accordance with standards set by Oregon State Sheriff's Association.


PISTOL SHOOT in June - Members compete in teams and/or as individuals by shooting a .38mm, 9mm and .22mm  caliber in seperate classes.  This enjoyable recreational activity promotes safe firearms handling and marksmanship skills.


STATE TRAIL RIDE in July - Camp-out in various locations through out the state to trail ride.  The event includes Saturday night dinner, dancing, auction, socializing and breakfast on Sunday morning.


SHODEO in September - This event is a fun time competing in a variety of gaming clases and judged classes on horsemanship.


  • Annual Children with Special Needs Ride Event
  • Search & Rescue Training & Missions
  • Livestock Rescues
  • Sheriff's Office Chili Cook-off
  • Get Out Doors Day
  • Pistol Shoot Competition
  • ​Philomath Fire & Rescue Open House
  • Parades
  • Desensitization Training
  • Monthly Group Training Rides
  • Trail Rides
  • Various Other Public Relations and Educational Events


Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse

Types of activities, trainings and community service we participate in are:

Search and Rescue

Members of the posse are not required to be SAR certified but it is encouraged.  Volunteers are trainied to search for and provide aid to people who are missing, lost, injured, or in imminent danger. To become certified you must complete and pass the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) SAR certification course, which is offered once a year starting in March.  To be called out on horseback to a mission your horse must be certifyed as well by completing the equine state certification standards.