Horse Show to Benefit K9, Mounted Unit 9/8/13

3 September 2013 by Lt. Todd Umstead

6th Annual Lancaster Mounted Patrol and Canine Unit Benefit Horse Show

LANCASTER COUNTY (August 29, 2013)-On September 8, 2013 the Columbia Riding Club will host the 6th Annual Lancaster Mounted Patrol and Canine Unit Benefit Horse Show. The horse show, which is open to the public at no charge, begins at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Columbia Riding Club, 18th and Franklin Streets, Columbia PA.  The Benefit Horse Show will offer English and Western classes.  Food is available on the grounds. 

The show will begin with the singing of the National Anthem by eleven-year-old, Bryanna Still.  Bryanna receives voice instruction through Scaling Walls a Note at a Time (SWAN), a music and mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents.  Bryanna recently performed at a Barnstormers baseball game. 

During the lunch break, Officer Ryan Hockley and his canine partner, Leo, will show how dogs assist with drug searches and in making arrests.  In addition, mounted police officers Eric Lukacs, Scott MacDonald and Wayne McVey will demonstrate the use of horses in police work. Mounted officers will be on the grounds throughout the show to meet with the public and to answer questions. Tee shirts and glasses with the Mounted Patrol logo will be for sale as well as Canine Unit tee shirts.    

Although the city of Lancaster pays the salaries of Mounted Patrol and Canine officers, private contributions cover other essential expenses. During previous years, privately raised funds supported training costs for mounted officers and police dogs, paid for equipment and covered veterinary and other expenses. The Lancaster City Police Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is responsible for receiving and disbursing funds on behalf of the Mounted and Canine Patrols. 

Additional information regarding the Benefit Horse Show is available at the Columbia Riding Club website – or by calling Mary Glazier at (717)872-7049 or (717)371-5663.