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Mounted Search and Rescue Teams by State

Search and Rescue on Horseback

This is not an exhaustive list of Mounted Search & Rescue Units. This is a list of MSAR units in the United States that have a website or some sort of online presence or contact information and include volunteer members. Some links go directly to the Sheriff's office sites that oversee the units.

If your team or one you know of is not yet included in the directory, please email the information to or leave a message in the guestbook below, so I can add the team to the directory.

FYI: If you see "none" for a state, that does not mean there are no Mounted SAR units there, just that I don't have information for any ... yet.

About Mounted SAR

Mounted Search and Rescue (MSAR) is a specialty within search and rescue, using horses for transportation and to search for missing persons. SAR responders on horseback are primarily a search resource, but they also can provide off-road logistics support and transportation.

To participate in mounted SAR, it's important to know what to look for in your horse's attitude and training for a good search and rescue mount. Not all horses will make good search and rescue horses.

Join a Discussion Group

MSAR-Riders is an electronic mailing list for mutual support of horse riders who participate in mounted search and rescue (MSAR).

See the MSAR-Riders Info Page

Learn About Being Part of a Search & Rescue Team

Becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer

Are you intrigued by stories about wilderness rescues and searches for missing hikers or mountain climbers? If so, perhaps becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer....



  • MATSAR Search & Rescue: PO Box 876467Wasilla, Alaska 99687 (907)745-6727








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None found so far







Update: The below-listed individual counties, along with the Buffalo Trace Mounted Patrol, are now combined into one state-wide unit: The Kentucky Mounted Patrol.

  • Bourbon County Mounted Patrol
  • Franklin County Mounted Patrol
  • Grant County Mounted Patrol
  • Hart County Mounted Patrol
  • Jefferson County Mounted Patrol
  • Lee County Mounted Patrol
  • Mason County Buffalo Trace Mounted Patrol
  • Mercer County Mounted Patrol
  • Nelson County Mounted Patrol
  • Nicholas County

Hardin County Mounted Search and Rescue is a stand-alone unit in Kentucky.

Tri-County Mounted Search and Rescue is based in Cave City. Contact their chief, Danny Hatcher, with questions at 270-590-1230.








None found so far




  • Wild Land Mounted Search Team - Please call 308-991-8602 for more information while the site is down


New Hampshire

New Jersey

None found so far

New Mexico

See also: MSAR-NM, a discussion group about Mounted SAR in New Mexico, where you can find out about other mounted units in the state.

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





Rhode Island

None found so far

South Carolina

South Dakota


None found so far






See also: MSAR post with a list of Mounted units in Washington counties, including independent groups

West Virginia



None found so far

Canadian Mounted SAR

  • Advanced Tactical Training Search & Rescue, Ontario (also ground, canine, UAV and marine SAR)

Looking for Ground/Mountain, K9 or International SAR Teams? See more directories on....

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Deb Kingsbury

Questions or comments about Mounted SAR? Or Search and Rescue in general

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on September 24, 2018:

Hi, Mac. I'm not sure if you're asking me who you should contact, but I have no knowledge of any specific SAR teams other the one I belong to and a little about a few teams we sometimes work with on joint missions. But those are here in Arizona.

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on December 10, 2017:

Have you contacted NASAR? That's where I would suggest you start. As a volunteer SAR member, myself, I'm not all that knowledgeable about the rules and regulations for starting new SAR teams, most of which operate under local Sheriff's departments. I know there are private non-profits SAR units, but not how they operate. Again, the National Association for Search and Rescue may be able to help you get started.

Donna m Thornton on December 08, 2017:

I am looking for all the help I can get on starting a search and rescue in my county willing to take any training available . Help would be greatly appreciate to get this going I need some training as quick as I can so I can propose we r willing and able to perform our duty .... please message me on facebook at donnam Vaughn Thornton

Mac Moad on August 22, 2017:

Sequoyah County SCMSAR, Sallisaw Oklahoma. Active team unit affiliated with Sequoyah County Sheriffs office and Sequoyah County Emergency Management. Established 23 February, 2016.

Facebook page website. Please add to your list. Thank you for your time and effort.

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on June 07, 2016:

Hi, Nancy. I'm sorry I'm just now seeing your message. (Somehow I didn't receive a notification.) I'll get your team added. Do you have a website URL yet? Thank you!

Nancy Murray on April 30, 2016:


I am Nancy Murray, President of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Posse, a Mounted Search and Rescue, founded in 1948. Please add us to the list. We are in the process of making our very first Web Site, coming this summer 2016.

Thank you, Nancy

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on March 15, 2015:

Hi Colleen. Will do! Thank you so much.

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 10, 2013:

@Drbrazel: Will do! Thank you.

Drbrazel on October 10, 2013:

I would like to have you list our MSAR group in your state directory. We are a 501c3 corporation and our unit was organized in 2010. We are West Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue located in Douglasville, ga. Our website is and contact is Norm Brazel at 678-654-4291.

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 02, 2013:

@possegal: Thanks for the information. I sure will.

possegal on October 01, 2013:

I am the Chief Deputy for the Jefferson County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. We are a non-profit organization, not affiliated with law enforcement. The Posse was incorporated in 1964. We provide security, search and rescue, participate in parades and help in the community wherever needed. Please add us to your list of SAR groups in Kentucky. Thank you, Laurie Jackson

anonymous on August 21, 2013:


mariacarbonara on May 26, 2013:

Really useful for those that need to know asap

anonymous on April 24, 2013:

Newly formed MSAR in Oklahoma. Lots of work still ahead......You have a Great site, good info. Will make a info/referance link for us! Thanks...

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on April 05, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks for the information!

anonymous on April 05, 2013:

KENTUCKY - previously listed individual counties and the Buffalo Trace Mounted Patrol are now combined into one State-Wide Unit: The Kentucky Mounted Patrol. Contact information previously listed for individual counties is still correct. New information available on the Facebook page or web site

CristianStan on March 07, 2013:

Thank you so much for this list. I will save this lens if I ever need it

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on March 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi, Jody. I see there's a contact link on the site, so at least there's that, and the form that comes up is definitely geared towards new folks. So that's good. The links could be a bit darker and more noticeable, I guess. And maybe you could include something just after the intro paragraph on the home page, giving the contact link again and inviting anyone interested in being part of your mounted unit or participating in another area of SAR to use the form. You could also invite visitors to look around at the photos and videos. Many SAR websites I've seen tend to be more geared towards members but invite people who are interested in get in touch and browse the site.

anonymous on March 04, 2013:

This is Jody again, I noticed on our website we don't have any contact numbers what do you suggest we do for that, it looks more member friendly than public friendly !

anonymous on March 04, 2013:

Hi again, here is our web


Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on March 03, 2013:

@anonymous: Absolutely! Do you have a team website?

anonymous on March 03, 2013:

Hi, we at North Pines Mounted Search and Rescue, serving Polk County, Wisconsin, and surrounding counties, would like to join your Listing

loolabell on June 23, 2012:

@RinchenChodron: good

southridgefarmsinc on January 24, 2012:

It's a great service that they provide!

A_D_Solutions on September 26, 2011:

Very interesting lens.

UKGhostwriter on March 19, 2011:

I'm SAR in the UK

RinchenChodron on February 22, 2011:

Congrats on being featured in the Best of Lenses!

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