Two police officers from our mounted department have competed in the International Police Championships of the Czech Republic 2019 and brought home the trophies!
PC Tracey Brown and PC Julie Bradshaw were invited to compete at the event for the fourth year running, taking on mounted officers from across the world, including Czech, Prague, Germany, Russia and Hungary.
The competition is a test of rider and police horse skills made up of three parts; the first part is a cross-country course, made up of solid fences and a water features that horse and rider must jump over.
The second part is designed to test the horse’s bravery and rider’s skills - ‘best trained horse’.
Each pair must negotiate a number of scary obstacles in the fastest time possible, which includes going through a wall of barrels, jumping over fire while knocking an item off a post, walking over raised wood platforms and shooting targets from horseback.
The third part is a show jumping competition, called puissance jumping; the fence riders must jump gets higher in each round.
These tests are made more difficult for our officers as they compete on loaned horses that they have never met or ridden.
PC Brown came first in the ‘best trained police horse’ and third in the ‘puissance jumping’ competition, coming second in the whole competition, missing out on first place by just one penalty point. She also won the trophy for the 'best international competitor'.
PC Bradshaw said: “We are overjoyed with the results considering only PC Brown, myself and a Russian police rider use police horses which are not our own, and we only had half an hour to meet and get used to them before the competition started!
“It has been a great experience for us both to be involved with. Meeting mounted officers from other countries and seeing how they work and train has been a beneficial learning experience.”
Both officers each funded this competition and attended in their own time.
Congratulations to PC Brown and PC Bradshaw!
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