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KING COUNTY POSSE STANDING RULES


SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP
A. REQUIREMENTS

1. Membership is open to any man or woman who is 18 years of age by January
1st of application year.

B. DUES
1. The dues of the current membership shall be the amount of
Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per person per year or the prevailing rate and are due by January 1st.
2. The dues of new members shall be in the amount of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) per person or the prevailing rate that year and are due at the time of application acceptance.

C. APPLICATION
1. Prospective members are encouraged to watch and/or practice on horseback with the posse before making decision on submitting an application.
2. Applicants are required to attend at least four (4) turnouts on horseback with prospective posse horse after applying for membership.
3. Applicants will be notified after fourth practice session of acceptance status for that year.
4. Notification may include denial of membership, complete acceptance as a member or limited acceptance with the request to continue to practice with the group  before being allowed to perform Grand Entries at the Ellensburg Rodeo. Those members he actual drill with the group. Those members will be allowed to participate in all other events including parades with further evaluation.
5. Both horse and rider will be judged by the horse/rider committee on suitability for membership on the King County Posse.
6. If after prospective member has been deemed suitable by horse/rider committee, hey must be accepted by majority vote of membership.
7. If after application has been submitted, prospective members has been deemed suitable by horse/rider committee and accepted by majority vote of membership, their dues and insurance must be paid before participation in any King County Posse riding events.

D. INSURANCE
1. The King County Posse purchases club insurance through ARG which entitles each member the opportunity to purchase the required supplemental liability insurance through ARG at Nineteen Dollars ($19) per person or at whatever the prevailing rate is for that year.
2. Members are required to purchase club supplemental insurance through ARG or show proof of own liability insurance for equestrian events.
3. Payment for supplemental insurance or proof of own insurance is due at same time as membership dues.

E. NON-RIDING MEMBERS
1. The dues of non-riding members shall be in the amount of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) per person per year or the prevailing rate and are due by January 1st.
2. Non-riding members are not required to own a palomino horse or silver saddle, but may ride their own horse at the King County posse turnouts and participate in King County Posse gaming events.
3. Participation in all non-riding King County Posse events and volunteering at events is encouraged.
4. Non-riding members have no King County Posse vote and may not hold officer positions.
 
SECTION 2. UNIFORMS
A. SHIRTS

1. Black / white posse shirt (minimum of one)
Shirt will be of an adopted uniform western design. Shoulder patches provided by club will be uniform in design and placed as per shirt diagram.

B. PANTS
1. Black jeans of a uniform blackness to match group members.

C. BELT
1. Black western design leather belt with silver buckle.

D. BOOTS
1. Black in a western cowboy style.

E. NAME TAG
1. Name tag shall be 3”L X ¾” W black with white lettering and a white
boarder. Name Tag shall be worn as per location per shirt design. (left chest) Name tag shall have “MEMBERS NAME” on top in all capital letters with “KING COUNTY POSSE” below also in capital letters of a smaller size than the name.

F. HAT
1. Black felt, western pleasure in design with a crease.

G. SCARF
1. White western show scarf of polyester or similar material about 48 inches in total length.


NOTE: Uniform items are subject to change as styles and availability dictate.


SECTION 3. TACK
A. SADDLE

1. Black leather , square skirted, western saddle with tapaderos . Silver adornment  preferred.

B. BREAST COLLAR
1. Black leather, 4 inches wide with neck strap. Silver adornment preferred.

C. HEAD STALL and REINS
1. Black leather . Silver adornment preferred.

D. BIT (Style rider option)
1. Any bit to be used to have control of the horse at all times. Hackamore allowed.

E. FLAG BOOT
1. Black leather with strap to be attached when flag and pole are used.

F. FLAG POLE WITH TIP (Provided by King County Posse on loan).
1. Type of material and length determined by riding membership.
2. Tip shall be brass in material and spade shape in design.
3. Tassle shall be gold in color and length uniform throughout.

G. FLAG  AND WOOD POLE (Provided by King County Posse on loan).
1. Flag shall be an American flag, 4’ W X 6’ L with gold fringe around edges.

H. FLAG BAG (Provided by King County Posse on loan).
1. Blue denim material numbered bag to hold and protect flag and flag poles.
 
I. CORONA PAD
1. Color – Black and white border uniform in width.
2. Size – Must be large enough so saddle fits into pocket of pad and just
barely touching inside of border. Black and white border shows on
all four edges.
3. Extra saddle pad(s) for added padding allowed underneath corona as long as they are not visible.

I. HOOF BLACK
1. Black hoof polish required on horses hooves for all parades.

NOTE: All tack is subject to approval of the members of the Equipment Committee.


SECTION 4. HORSE
A. TYPE

1. Palomino gelding (accepted by Posse)
2. Palomino mare (accepted by Posse)

B. COLOR
1. Palomino coloring with white mane and tail.

C. SIZE
1. Minimum 14.2 hands
2. Maximum 16.2 hands

D. BREED
1. Horse may be of any breed (Quarter, Morgan, Arab, etc.)
2. Horse registration not a requirement.
3. Gaited horses allowed as long as they can lope or canter..

All aspects of the horse’s confirmation, size, height and other qualifications must
be approved by the KCP Horse and Equipment Committee before use in events.


SECTION 5. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
These duties are in addition to those, as stated in the By-Laws of the King County Posse.

A. CAPTAIN
1. Assigns members to stand point at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grand Entry.
3. Assigns remaining rider positions for Grand Entries at rodeo or events.
4. Assigns members to different events in rodeos or gaming events at the
Ellensburg Rodeo during competition (with assigned member’s approval)
5. Assigns line-up positions for parades.
6. Schedules annual membership meeting and sends out meeting agenda to membership.

B. FIRST LIEUTENANT
1. Accompanies KCP Captain to all participating event meetings.
2. Takes over duties of Captain when Captain is unavailable.

C. SECRETARY
1. Responsible for taking minutes at meetings and sending out meeting minutes to membership.
D. TREASURER
1. Manages King County Posse assets and funds, including all banking documentation.
2. Provides fiscal report at annual meeting.
3. Collects membership dues, provides reimbursement for all transactions and tracks funds being spent throughout the year, to ensure that incoming monies and expenditures are properly accounted.
 
Standing point is an honor and determined by attendance at practices and performances, rider confidence, horses ability to stand motionless as riders pass, and seniority (number of years in the KCP as a riding member).