Eight hundred and eighty one South Australian Police Horses will be saluted for their service to the community this coming Wednesday, 29 May.
A Celebration of the Police Horse, believed to be the first event of its kind ever held in
Australia, will recognise the horses who have faithfully served the South Australian community over the last 175 years.
Horse SA has partnered with the South Australian Police to stage a re-enactment of an old photo taken in front of the original barracks, located behind the Museum on North Terrace.
Commencing at 1pm, the free event is open to the public as part of the About Time History Festival.
Police Mare Jade will be recognised as the oldest current serving police horse, with 26 years continuous service.
Poet Max Merckenschlager will recite an original poem about Police Mare Ariel, who was never broken in, but foaled 12 horses all of whom went into public service.
Past and current serving Officers of the South Australian Police Mounted Operations Unit have been invited to attend.
A commemorative program will be available for download from www.horsesa.asn.au
Horse SA has, as a key goal, to make sure horses are a valued part of our Australian culture, community and business life. The organisation works at all levels of government, business and non-profit organisations through to grass roots horse owners to achieve that goal.