Border Patrol Agents Become New Horse Patrol Unit | Crime
The following is a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
The U.S. Border Patrol’s Horse Patrol Training Facility in Willcox, Ariz. graduated its first National Instructor class on May 13.
The graduating students, Border Patrol agents from six sectors, completed a two-week course of nationally standardized basic riding instruction which prepared them to return to their sectors and train other agents for Horse Patrol duties. The daily training consisted of 10-12 hours of overall horsemanship consisting of classroom work, learning about horse anatomy and riding techniques.
The graduation ceremony began with the riders entering a corral in formation and demonstrating their horsemanship skills by trotting the horses, executing column lefts, counter-columns, and crossing patterns. Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Randy R. Hill then presented each rider with a certificate and his congratulations for successful completion of a tough program.
“You are graduates from the first national instructor’s program which is a major achievement,” said Chief Hill. “Take this training back to your sectors and be proud of your accomplishments.”
The graduates who are all Border Patrol Agents include Garrett Dunning from Marfa Sector, Loren Frost from El Paso Sector, Fernando Gonzalez from El Centro Sector, Mary Momberg from San Diego Sector, Tyrell Moss from Tucson Sector and Brandon Perez from Spokane Sector.
Tucson Sector’s Horse Patrol Coordinator, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Bobbi Schad, also received special recognition for her outstanding contributions to the curriculum in support of the national training program.
Three of the six horses ridden by the graduating students came from the Border Patrol’s Noble Mustang Project which adopts horses rescued by the Bureau of Land Management as part of their range management efforts. The horses, ranging in age from 3-5 years, are highly trained and well suited for patrolling in harsh border environments. The Border Patrol currently has approximately 130 horses assigned to Horse Patrol Units within the Tucson Sector.
The Kansas Settlement is a 240-acre facility, acquired by the Border Patrol in 2007, and consists of three dormitories with kitchen and laundry facilities, a classroom, an instructor house and several stables and corrals. Located in Willcox, Ariz, the facility is also used for rehabilitation of injured Border Patrol horses from the Tucson Sector as well as other sectors. A contract veterinarian is available to provide medical care to the horses.