RVA hosts police equestrian championships

Officers and horses from across the continent clop into town this weekend to compete.

Police horses from across continent are in Richmond to take part in the 30th North American Police Equestrian Championships held this weekend at the Meadow Event Park. Approximately 60 mounted squads from Canada, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, and others1 will compete in obstacle courses (held on Sunday), various equitation levels, and a uniform class wherein judges assess the officer’s uniform, horse tack, and mount’s appearance.

The free event formally kicks off on Friday at 2:30 PM when visiting officers and horses will ride through the city. The procession is scheduled to begin at The Diamond, with mounted squads traveling down Hermitage to Monument, Monument over to Boulevard, and then back to The Diamond.

“We are excited and proud to have law enforcement agencies from across North America here for this great conference, especially on its 30th anniversary,” said Mounted Squad Sergeant John Barkley in a released statement. “We encourage everyone to come out to watch and learn about the different things a police horse can do.”

The North American Police Equestrian Championships take place this Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day. Admission is free.

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  1. The National Park Service will not attend as previously scheduled due to the government shutdown. 

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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