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Sheriff's Mounted Enforcement Unit


Sheriff's Mounted Enforcement Unit


Sheriff's Mounted Enforcement Unit

Old Fashion Barn Raising Dedication Event Celebrates New Hilf-Douglas Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Mounted Unit Stable


Santa Ynez - September 26th, 2016

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse is pleased to announce that it raised more than $40,000 yesterday, September 25, 2016, at its “Old Fashioned Barn Raising Dedication” event in Santa Ynez.  The late-afternoon gala celebration was held at the Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Unit’s new headquarters named the Hilf-Douglas Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit Stable.   More than 250 guests gathered to celebrate the new facility and raise additional funds for the Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, whose mission it is to assist the Sheriff’s Office by filling urgent needs not funded by the constrained county budget. 


The need for a new Mounted Unit headquarters began in 2014 when the lease at the State government-owned property in Lompoc was not renewed.  Fortunately, the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Center offered its location at 195 North Refugio Road for a new headquarters and the Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse went to work raising money for a new barn to place on the property.  Several major donors stepped up to help.  A barn was donated, relocated and completely refurbished.


Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse President Richard Kline emceed the event and thanked some of the major donors who helped make the new barn a reality. He said, “We want to especially thank Santa Barbara-based Peter Hilf of the MacDonald Family Foundation and Peter Douglas of the Peter Douglas Foundation.  The generosity of these two community-spirited foundations and individuals should be recognized and applauded by every resident of Santa Barbara County.”


Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown also spoke at the event and expressed his gratitude for the commitment of the Posse members and the support of those in attendance.  He said, “In the days of old a posse of citizens helped the Sheriff’s Office apprehend criminals or protect citizens from disasters.  Today’s Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse helps the Sheriff’s Office in a different way, financially.  They provide funding for resources that would otherwise be unattainable by the county budget.  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who have supported us so generously in this and other endeavors.”


Wagons transported guests to the western themed event where they were able to see first-hand the new barn and training area for the Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Unit.  The guests were also treated to demonstrations by the Mounted Unit, K-9 Unit and Bomb Squad. 

Following the demonstrations, guests enjoyed a western dinner provided by Billy Ruiz’s “Cowboy Flavor” and live music from “Honeysuckle Possums”.  The attendees participated in both a silent and live auction.


For additional information about the Barn Raising Dedication event or the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse, please visit the Posse’s website or email


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