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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Trooper the Police Horse Goes House

When police horses attain the top of their careers with the Toronto Police Mounted Unit, it typically takes time to seek out the proper pasture for retirement. Typically the cops even undertake the older horses themselves. However for Trooper, a 19-year-old Percheron/Hackney cross, it was a real ‘welcome again’ homecoming when he returned to his breeder’s farm to stay out his days.

Including a contact extra sweetness to the story is the truth that breeder Glen Lundy’s granddaughter goes to proceed to be in Trooper’s life. In response to a press launch from the Toronto Police Service, Stephanie fell for the big gelding earlier than he was bought to the Service in 2007. Now 25, she visited the Mounted Unit on the Horse Palace on Exhibition Grounds so she may reunite with the horse earlier than he returned to her grandfather’s farm.

A white horse and black horse nuzzling.

This cute photograph reveals Trooper nuzzling together with his sister, Star, as he begins his retirement years. (Toronto Police Companies)

Trooper has had a storied profession: not solely did he participate in numerous crowd management occasions, however he was additionally a part of the mounted escort for Queen Elizabeth II throughout her 2010 attendance on the Queen’s Plate. And he was a champion! Through the 2012 North American Police Equestrian Council competitors, Trooper and his rider received the William D. McCarthy Memorial Trophy awarded to the winner within the obstacles class. Trooper had the added distinction of being honoured ‘High Horse’ on the competitors. He additionally turned the primary and solely police horse ever to win all 5 NAPEC competitors classes.

“Trooper’s life has now gone full circle as he’s now again dwelling to reunite together with his sister,” stated Coaching Sergeant Kristopher McCarthy. “He was all the time a sort horse and fearless as he acquired extra seasoned on the job.”

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