Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol, North America’s oldest and largest private mounted patrol, has announced plans to hire a score of new Troopers for the 2016 concert season, lasting from March to October.
All horse and rider candidates must pass a rigorous interview process before being selected for duty. More information, including a full job description and application, can be found on the Employment page of Alpha & Omega’s website.
The first round of interview dates and locations will occur in the first four months of 2016.
February 20-21 Norco, CA
March 18-19 Langley, BC
April 2-3 Bell Buckle, TN
April 22 & 25 Gillsville, GA
Horse and rider are hired as a pair, and all interviews will occur in the saddle. Interviews are open to invited applicants only.
Horse owners possessing great people skills are encouraged to apply. In addition to impeccable horsemanship skills, Alpha & Omega requires Troopers to maintain a polished, friendly and professional demeanor. Applicants should own their mount and have dependable access to a safe truck and trailer. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and be able to pass a background check.
Horses may come from any background, breed or discipline, but must be tolerant of intense visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Geldings and mares (no stallions) must be at least 15 hands, in good health and shod to A&O standards.
Full-time and part-time Troopers are also needed to perform mounted safety and courtesy patrol duties for The Woodlands Township, located 30 miles north of Houston, Texas. Interviews in The Woodlands will be held on an ongoing basis.
Qualified candidates may apply at mountedpatrol.com/employment.
From a humble beginning in 1990 as an entertainment company providing horse drawn hayrides and Santa arrivals for shopping centers, A&O has evolved into one of the nation’s most respected providers of public safety. CEO Frank Keller and his late father, a 40-year veteran of law enforcement, designed the first privately owned mounted patrol in the United States to provide security for shopping malls. Continued expansion took the company into security for arenas, amphitheaters, stadiums, concerts, festivals, Business Improvement Districts, and other mass gatherings.
A certified mounted police instructor, Keller trains mounted police units throughout the United States and is the chief training officer for the Alpha & Omega Mounted Training Division. Keller is a graduate of the International Association of Assembly Managers’ inaugural Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS). The Academy’s intensive training focused on emergency planning and life safety management for the public venue industry. In 2012, he completed training in handling severe weather emergencies at large-scale events at the International Association of Venue Managers’ first weather seminar.
In 2000, Keller established Kel Executive Services (KES) to provide turn-key security planning and implementation for clients. Today, the two companies serve the public interest by providing both highly visible deterrents to crime with the mounted patrols and sophisticated behind-the-scenes security via KES.
The combined client roster includes the annual Bonnaroo Music and Camping Festival, The Woodlands Township, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Electric Forest, MysterylandUSA, TomorrowWorld, Lockn’ Music Festival, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Lights All Night, AllGood Music Festival, Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, Farm Aid 2006, nine Phish music and camping festivals, World Cup Soccer, Woodstock ’94, Super Bowl XXVIII, and amphitheaters throughout the country. In 2014, Alpha & Omega began international expansion, completing mounted courtesy patrol duty for the Pemberton Music Festival in Whistler, British Columbia.