KKBN Hard Working Man(04.20.16)


Fred Killion Sr.
Fred will be 86 years old this year. He served 20 years flying in the Air force protecting his country, saving money to purchase his land in Sonora. There he served as a peace officer Dept of Correnctions for another 20 years. What makes my Dad exceptional is the work he did in the community. He served as the sole adviser for the Tuolumne County Jr. Riders when the esteemed Joe Stafford could no longer continue the heritage, helping children of all ages with their horsemanship. Fred was a adviser, and a founding member of the Twain Harte Horsemen, where he led parades, stored and hauled equipment to rides and functions, lobbied to ensure Eagle Meadow became a HORSE camp along with 4 others horse camps in the area, and led rides in those mountains for all to enjoy. He also orchestrated and constructed monuments in some of those horse camps, as he can build almost anything. When he broke his back, showing horse trails to new trail bosses it ended his horse back riding. Today, with such a strong moral compass, and keen business sense, he still advises community members when asked. He cuts and splits fire wood, clears snow from his driveway as well as many neighbors, and still finds time for feeding and checking on his cows. Boasting he has retired twice, someday he will do that again. As many in the State can attest to, they don’t come  harder working, whether lobbying Washington D.C. for truth and justice for horsemen everywhere, or working the ranch. He is an amazing man I’m proud to call Dad.
A fact many horsemen don’t know–at one time, there was legislature going to be passed to keep horses out of the back country. Fred Killion stopped that non-sense, with the help of Washington D.C., and went the extra mile to ensure the Horse Camps were put on the Congressional Maps to keep them safe.

Ramona Xavier


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