SIOUX CITY | The White Horse Mounted Patrol unit of the Abu Bekr Shrine Temple is always a crowd favorite at shows and parades.
Supported by Abu Bekr members, the parade unit serves as a goodwill ambassador for Siouxland. The White Horse Mounted Patrol maintains about 25 white-haired, pink-skinned horses.
The White Horse Patrol is a nonprofit organization within the North American Shrine. Approximately 145 businesses and individuals from the Sioux City area financially support the sponsorship of the horses, while each rider owns his own horse.
Since its inception, the patrol has traveled across the county and into Canada, beginning with its first major trip to Washington, D.C., in 1923. The fleet has appeared at the Presidential Inaugural Parade, twice at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and once in the Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas.
The main purpose of the group is to raise awareness of Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospitals provide pediatric care and medical research at no cost to the patient or parents. The hospitals are funded by donations from the Masons/Shiners and the general public.