|Updated: 10/15/2013 12:51 pm
||Published: 10/13/2013 8:17 pm
The Rogers County Sheriff's Office wants to be more visible, so they're hitting the streets with a horse patrol unit.
FOX23 first told you last month about the launch of the team, and now riders are one step closer to living their dream.
On Sunday, 17 of them went to the Claremore Expo Center to demonstrate their horsemanship.
Brittney Fullerton, one of those riders, has been around horses her entire life. She couldn’t wait to try out for the horse patrol.
"The sprinting there and the sprinting back, it's really an adrenaline rush,” she told FOX23 about the audition. “I want to be involved in the community, and I want to be involved in the sheriff's department."
She and other riders had to show judges they could manage their horse.
"They have to demonstrate that they are a proficient rider and that they're safe … that they can quickly saddle a horse and be mobile,” Sheriff Scott Walton said.
"We’re looking at the performance of the horse and tasks that the rider and horse do together to see how proficient they are,” investigator Coy Jenkins added.
They also had to answer a question.
“We want them to be able to think back and recover information. We want to see how they project their communication skills,” Jenkins told FOX23.
It’s because the chosen riders will represent more than their dreams, they'll represent the department.
"They are non-commissioned volunteers for the Sheriff's Department, and we are excited about what they'll be able to do and what they'll be able to assist us with,” Walton said.
Whether that's looking for a missing person, gathering evidence, or just being a presence in the community, Fullerton is ready.
"I have an interest in law enforcement, but I also want to help people,” she said.
The department would like to have as many riders as possible, so if they pass Sunday’s test and a background check, they'll be a part of the team.
Sheriff Walton tells FOX23 he hopes the patrol hits the streets next month.
Another try out will be held on Oct. 20 at Brookshire's Covered Arena, 16553 E 410 Rd, Claremore, OK at 1 pm.