Thursday, October 10, 2013

RPD Mounted Squad to Host NAPEC; Public Invited to Watch for Free

The Richmond Police Department is proud to host the North American Police Equestrian Championships this weekend and invites the public to come out and watch the free event!

“We are grateful that NAPEC chose Richmond as the venue for this year’s event,” Chief Ray J. Tarasovic said. “It will be an honor for the Richmond Police Department, as the host, to lead the ride down Monument Avenue.”

The competition will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell. It will include different skill levels in an obstacle course as well as equitation levels.

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

For the first time, the group will also be taking the visiting officers and their horses on a ride through the city starting at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Diamond and heading down Monument Avenue.

There will be law enforcement mounted squads from Canada, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, Minnesota and the National Park Service, among others.

For more information on the event, including sponsoring a basket of treats for the competing horses, please go to