Newest Arizona Ranger sworn in
Prescott resident Robert Lorbeer was sworn in as an Arizona Ranger on July 1 in the staging area of the Rodeo Parade minutes before the start of the parade. Lorbeer was sworn in by 1st Lt. Art Bartolina, who heads up the statewide mounted unit of the Arizona Ranger organization. After the swearing in both Rangers mounted up their palominos and joined the other parade participants.
Lorbeer and Bartolina are no strangers to riding their horses in parades. While residing in Sacramento, California Lorbeer rode in 18 Rose Bowl parades with the Long Beach Mounted Police and was thrilled to be riding in his second Prescott Rodeo parade, which he says is a “great little hometown parade with thousands watching.” Over the years Lt. Bartolina has accepted numerous invitations to ride in parades around Arizona representing the Arizona Rangers.
The all-volunteer “Modern Day” Arizona Rangers was created 60 years ago in 1957 by a small group of the original 1901-09 Arizona Rangers and its members come from all different backgrounds including former law enforcement and military. Ranger Lorbeer graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1968 and spent a combined 41 years active and reserve duty retiring with the rank of Colonel. Lorbeer is married to country music recording star Belinda Gail and are both active in local nonprofit and equestrian events.
For Arizona Ranger membership information, visit www.ArizonaRangers.us.
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