To Promote

Horsemanship, Sportsmanship &

and to

Keep Alive the Spirit of the Old West
About the AASP&RC
The American Association of Sheriff Posses & Riding Clubs is very proud of their Headquarters in Bowie, Texas. The Chamber of Commerce of Bowie donated the first 30 acres, and the Association purchased an additional ten acres, making up the 40 acre facility they now call home.

As you enter the gate, you will see three flagpoles on your right, donated by one of the members, with the American, Texas, and Association flags flying. The entire grounds are fenced, the office will be on your left, where visitors are invited to stop and check in with the secretary, and get any information they might need.

The members made all the improvements themselves on a volunteer basis, and made this one of the prime facilities of its kind in the state of Texas. It consists of 2 regulation size arenas, one with holding pens, and each with its own announcers stand, covered bleachers and open covered seating areas. There is a completely outfitted concession stand at arena one, with covered areas with tables and extra seating area. There are 60 camper hookups with water and electricity, some with shade trees, and a dump station available. There is also a treed area for outdoor camping. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located and easily accessible from both arenas. For the horses, there are 12 covered, open-sided barns with 20 stalls per barn. These barns were built by the members, and are owned by individuals who built them but are rented out when not in use by the members at different events during the year. In the beginning there was a relay track surrounding the grounds but this is no longer in use, even though the starting gates are still standing. This year a portion of the railing will be removed to improve the appearance of the grounds.

The Association maintains an office on the grounds with a secretary on hand to handle the Association business, keep records, handle correspondence, aid the President in his duties, and put out a monthly newsletter called the Riders Roundup. The office also has a conference room where meetings can be held. Beside the office is a concrete slab with a stage, surrounded by several picnic tables, where dances are held, and award presentations are made.

There are tractors with all equipment needed to keep the arenas in shape, water trucks, mowers, weed eaters, etc, owned by the AASP&RC in order to maintain the facilities, which is also done by the members on a volunteer basis.

The Association holds three of its four annual events at the grounds.

In April, there is a two-day event we call our Spring Roundup, with playday games, trail ride, barbecue, auction, church on horseback, etc.

In June, come the Playday Finals, a four-day event, where contestants from all clubs in the Association come to compete with each other for awards, including trophy saddles, buckles, tack, and other prizes. This event also includes a dinner and dance for all contestants and families.

The third event held at the grounds is Horse Show Finals, typically held in September. Members who have competed in qualifying horse shows throughout the year come together at this time to compete against each other for awards.

The grounds as well as all facilities are available for rent to approved organizations, and anyone interested in renting the grounds should contact the Association Office or any officer of the association for details, open dates, and pricing information.
Official publication of
The American Association of Sheriff Posses and Riding Clubs
Published and printed monthly.
For more information please contact
Association Office:
PO Box 287, Bowie, TX 76230
(940) 872-4656