CZ/XP

The Pony Express definitely has an international following. The information below was provided by Klára Nováková May 1997. She is 27 years old. Her boy friend rides for the Ceskoslovensky Pony Express (CZPE), They live in Mnisek pod Brdy a small town near Prague.

The first year of Czechoslovac Pony Express started on September 13, 1985, from Stríbrná Lhota by Mnísek pod Brdy. The aim was in Suchdol nad Odrou. The trail 397 km long was ridden by fourty riders going in pairs in fourty hours.

This first historical trail is now divided into two parts. From StÞíbrná Lhota to Jihlava it is so called "Czech Eastern Branch" and the part from Jihlava to Suchdol is called "Moravian Branch". In the third year (1987) new "Czech Southern Branch" came to existence going from Stríbrná Lhota to Horní Planá on the Lipno Lake. In the fourth year (1988) "Czech Western Branch" was added and it goes from Stríbrná Lhota to Hrensko where our country borders on Germany. Here is our Pony Express connected with the Germany one, it continues from Hrensko to Hamburg and Bremen.

One of the most important events in the history of Czechoslovac Pony Express was that it was accepted to the organization of Westerners International in 1989 as its 121st corral.

Another important event came in 1990 when our Pony Express was connected with that in the U.S.A. Six of our riders were sent to America to take part in delivering mail on the historical trail from Sacramento to St. Joseph. It was at the occasion of the jubilee ride in the year of 130th anniversary of this unique post. In the same year a group of American riders came into our country to take part in bringing mail here. Among others Ken Martin, the then president of NPEA, Mac Farland, the president of California section and Bill Arand were here.

In this year the 13th ride of Czechoslovac Pony Express will be realised. The first rider leaves Suchdol nad Odrou on the 18–th of August 18, 1997, at 2 p.m. Main changes of mochilla are in Jihlava ( August 19 at 8.30 a.m.), in Stríbrná Lhota the same day at 9 p.m. and the mail will be given to German riders in Hrensko on August 20 at 10.30 p.m. The mail brought to Stríbrná Lhota by the riders of Czech Southern Branch will be added to mochilla on August 19 at 9 p.m.

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The web site of the Pony Express Corral, Westerners International CZ can be found HERE.