Central Park’s Only Dedicated Mounted Patrol Team Retires

March 4th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

February 27, New York, NY (USA): Detective John Reilly and his partner Trooper are the only mounted officers assigned to patrol Central Park in New York City. Last week both officers retired. Detective Reilly “aged out” when he turned 63, the mandatory retirement age for members of the New York City Police Department. Trooper, 15, has [...]

Retiring Army Mule Seeks New Home

February 24th, 2019|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

It may surprise you to learn that today's modern armed forces still utilize horses, mules and donkeys part of a long standing military tradition - caisson horses, Sergeant Reckless. Every animal is considered an active member of the unit. When they reach retirement age, the military employs a strict vetting process to transition them into loving [...]

Carlton & United Breweries’ Clydies Retire

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , , |

Like Budweiser Beer in the U.S., Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) in Australia also has a famous team of Clydesdale horses. However, after 65 years this team of drafts are being retired. Three of the six horse team are older and their trainer for the past 34 years, Glen Pate, is retiring. Given the flux of [...]

Court Forces Closure – Carriage Horses Retired

January 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

In December, Philadelphia, PA, courts ordered the closing of the Philadelphia Carriage Company. The order was determined after inspection of the facility and documentation of poor living conditions being provided for their 8 carriage horses. As of January 1, the company ceased operations under a consent decree with the city. This week the former city horses [...]

Man Strikes Police Horse – Goes to Jail

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

It happened again this weekend - someone assaulted a police horse. What’s the deal? What possess someone to walk up to a horse, let alone a working police horse, and smack it? This happens regularly and globally so you can’t blame the local drinking water or airborne toxins. Incapacitation is a common factor, nearly every hitting [...]

Baltimore Police LOVE Slurpees

October 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Original Slurpee Slurpee, a 17-year-old member of Baltimore’s mounted patrol unit was retired earlier this year after 10 years of service to the city. He was donated by 7-Eleven who raised funds to purchase and train the horse. This week 7-Eleven stepped up again donating Slurpee’s replacement, Slurpee. New Slurpee is a 4-year-old, [...]

The Queen’s Favorite Men Retire

August 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

With more than a century of public service between them, two of the Royal Household’s men announced their retirement last week. The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh retired from public life after attending a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace on August 2nd.  A few days later, Daniel, the Queen’s favorite carriage horse was put [...]

Retiring from the Top Rung of the Ladder

April 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

This week Nick Skelton, 59, announced his retirement from show jumping. His partner, Big Star, the 14 year-old KWPN stallion will also be retired.   Nick became Britain’s second oldest Olympic gold medalist at the Rio Olympics in 2016. His jumping achievements include 16 championship medals – two Olympic golds, five world championships, nine European medals [...]

Its Good to be King – King Tut

November 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mounted Patrols work for some communities while others find the units cost prohibitive and relatively ineffective. For decades, horses have patrolled the crowds at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, New York. Phil Collins performed there in 1994 under the unit’s watchful eye. Sadly, as Phil’s lyrics go – the mounted patrol “…won’t be there no more, [...]

Walla Walla Mule Retires Wella Wella

November 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Curly Sue is a mule employed by the city of Walla Walla, Washington. She carries tools and gear up the steep hillsides of the local watershed to assist the attendant with maintenance and patrols. The attendant ensures the safety of the city’s water supply. After 18 years serving the community of some 32,000 residents, Curly Sue [...]