Our Unit

The Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue unit consists of civilians who volunteer their own time, money and horses for search and rescue operations in close cooperation with the sheriff's office and other agencies.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue unit was formed in 1994 and is made up of horse and rider teams certified in 25 skill areas.

Mounted searchers have an advantage over ground searchers.  Horses can travel at four to ten miles per hour for extended periods.  A mounted rider has a higher sight advantage over a ground searcher. The horses’ superior sensory perception can alert the mounted searcher to the presence of lost persons. These advantages make the mounted searcher particularly useful in, “hasty search operations.” The unit coordinates closely with other specialized groups  during an emergency situation to ensure the best possible outcome.

 The Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue  is a volunteer, non-profit organization registered with the State of California and the Federal Government under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. 

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help maintain our equipment and training. 


We continue to recruit highly motivated people.  We want you as part of our team.  Join Now and make a difference.


Regular MSAR meetings: Second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.  Location:  Sheriff's Office Headquarters, 1350 Norris Road, Bakersfield.  For more information, call Volunteer Services Section (661) 391-7659.

Training: Monthly

Horse & Rider Proficiency Test: Twice a year 

Contact:  kernriverrider@yahoo.com


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