The New Orleans Police Department’s Mounted Unit is one of the department’s most iconic divisions.  Visible in the historic French Quarter and at such high profile events as Mardi Gras, Super Bowls and many of the city’s numerous music festivals, the horses are an integral part of the NOPD. In 2016, NOPD began a new in-house horse-breeding program. Previously NOPD acquired horses for the Mounted Unit from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The prison’s high quality equines were bred and trained to work in chaotic situations similar to those police officers face, including crowd control. NOPD tapped into Angola’s rich bloodlines to start its breeding program by acquiring two pregnant mares and a stud horse when the prison ended its program last year.  On March 17, 2017, NOPD welcomed its first return on the investment with the arrival of a male foal dubbed Tebo Stardust.

To ensure the NOPD Mounted Unit is able to maintain its commitment to the new breeding program and expand the number of police horses in the herd, the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation (NOPJF) is offering corporations, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to “adopt” one of 14 available NOPD police horses. The cost of adopting a horse is $2,000 annually. By adopting a horse in the NOPD Mounted Patrol, your tax deductible sponsorship will offset the costs of purchasing horses for the breeding program and  for the equipment and training tools associated with getting the new horses street ready and outfitted properly.

In return, NOPJF offers all adoptive families and sponsors:

  • A plaque with the name of the adoptive family/individual/company on the horse’s stall
  • Official certificate of adoption
  • Professional photos of the horse and horse with sponsor-designated personnel/family members
  • Recognition on NOPDNews and NOPJF website
  • Annual invitation-only event for all sponsor families/companies
  • Exclusive Mounted Unit Mardi Gras-style beads

To apply to adopt a horse please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Ace

Ace

More About Ace

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Percheron/Thoroughbred

Color: Dark Bay 

Hands High:17

Weight:1,575 lbs.

Age: 15

Years of Service: 11

Favorite Snack(s): Grain

Fun Fact: Ace is very photogenic and a bit of a ham. He loves to have his photo taken and is a big crowd pleaser. Ace will stretch out his front legs then pop back up as if he’s “bowing” for his fans on Bourbon Street.

Dakota

Dakota

More About Dakota

Gender: Mare

Breed: Percheron/ Appaloosa

Color: Brown / White Appaloosa

Hands High: 17

Weight: 1,565 lbs.

Age: 15

Years of Service: 9

Favorite Treat: Grapes

Fun Fact: Dakota is the only Appaloosa in the NOPD stable and she is a favorite for new riders. She is one of the largest but also one of the gentlest horses in the herd.

Josey

Josey

More About Josey

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Registered American Quarter Horse

Color: Red Dun

Hands High: 15/1

Weight: 1,320 lbs.

Age: 6

Years of Service: 3

Favorite Treat: A pat on the neck

Fun Fact: Josey is usually the center of attention when patrolling and he loves it. He won’t let you pass by him without saying “hello,” however he has a lot of grit and is as tough as his namesake “Josey Wales.”

High Noon

High Noon

More About High Noon

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Dutch Warmblood

Color: Bay

Hands High: 15/2

Weight: 1,160 lbs.

Age: 16

Years of Service: 6

Favorite Snack(s): Carrots

Fun Fact: High Noon is one of the best horses in the police barn. He is fearless and remains calm even under the worst conditions. His father, a registered Dutch Warmblood stud, just joined the NOPD’s Mounted Patrol breeding program.

B.B.

B.B.

More About B.B.

Gender: Mare

Breed: Percheron/Quarter Horse

Color: Black

Hands High: 16/1

Weight: 1,410 lbs.

Age: 17

Years of Service: 6

Favorite Snack(s): Cherries

Fun Fact: B.B. is NOPD’s most popular horse, thanks in part to her own Facebook page (B.B. the Police Horse). In 2015 she traveled to Oxford, MS, for the LSU/Ole Miss football game. While there, she taught the Oxford PD horses a thing or two about real police work.

Dude

Dude

More About Dude

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Percheron/Thoroughbred

Color: Gray

Hands High: 16/2

Weight: 1,425 lbs.

Age: 15

Years of Service: 11

Favorite Snack(s): Cookies

Fun Fact: Dude has served the NOPD for 11 years through all types of special events including numerous Mardi Gras seasons. He is one of the favorites for new riders during the NOPD Mounted Patrol training classes.

Trouble

Trouble

More About Trouble

Gender: Mare

Breed: Percheron / Thoroughbred

Color: Brown / White Paint

Hands High: 16/1

Weight: 1,510 lbs.

Age: 14

Years of Service: 9

Favorite Treat: Sugar Cubes

Fun Fact: Trouble came to NOPD from Angola as a loaner for Mardi Gras but she worked out so well that NOPD brought her into the fold. Her 15 minutes of fame arrived when she met the mechanical horse from the play “War Horse.” Their meeting was captured by the local media.

Lurch

Lurch

Adopted by Louisiana Tree Company LLC

More About Lurch

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Appendix

Color: Dark Bay

Hands High: 15/3

Weight: 1,275 lbs.

Age: 13

Years of Service: 6

Favorite Snack(s): Butterscotch Hard Candies

Fun Fact: Lurch was a team roping horse in the rodeo before landing his job with NOPD. He’s moody and pretends he doesn’t like people it’s all an act so people will think he’s tough. Lurch likes to be the bad cop when playing good cop/bad cop.

C.B.

C.B.

More About C.B.

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Percheron/Thoroughbred

Color: Bay w/ Hind White Socks

Hands High: 16/1

Weight: 1,300 lbs.

Age: 15

Years of Service: 11

Favorite Snack(s): Sweet Potatoes

Fun Fact: Charlie Brown, affectionately known as C.B., has worked numerous special events during his career, including the New Orleans celebration surrounding the Saints victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

Gypsy

Gypsy

More About Gypsy

Gender: Mare

Breed: Percheron/Thoroughbred

Color: Champagne

Hands High: 16

Weight: 1,380 lbs.

Age: 15

Years of Service: 10

Favorite Snack(s): Cherries

Fun Fact: Gypsy is the offspring of a mare named Angel who also served as a member of the NOPD Mounted Patrol. She has worked 9 Mardi Gras seasons as well as numerous additional special events.

Hero

Hero

More About Hero

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Registered American Quarter Horse

Color: Bay

Hands High: 16

Weight: 1,375 lbs.

Age: 6

Years of Service: 2

Favorite Treat: Watermelon

Fun Fact: Hero is a quarter horse off of the racetrack – he was too lazy for racing but that makes for an ideal police horse. He and his new rider will be working their first Mardi Gras together in 2017.

Conan

Conan

More About Conan

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Dutch Warmblood

Color: Bay

Hands High: 15/3

Weight: 1,285 lbs.

Age: 13

Years of Service: 6

Favorite Snack(s): Apple Horse Treats

Fun Fact: Conan came to NOPD from Angola where he was used on the line by a prison guard. He enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame when he appeared in several episodes of Animal Planet’s reality show “Louisiana Lockdown.” He enjoys the attention he gets in his new job patrolling the streets of New Orleans.

Tank

Tank

More About Tank

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Percheron/Thoroughbred

Color: Dark Bay w/ Hind White Socks

Hands High: 17/2

Weight: 1,610 lbs.

Age: 13

Years of Service: 5

Favorite Snack(s): Hard Candy Peppermints

Fun Fact: Tank is originally from Angola and joined the department five years ago after being donated to NOPD by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department.

Rose

Rose

More About Rose

Gender: Mare

Breed: Dutch Warmblood

Color: Sorrel

Hands High: 15/3

Weight: 1,180 lbs.

Age: 4

Years of Service: 1

Favorite Snack(s): Apples

Fun Fact: Rose is a new addition to NOPD and her quiet disposition and gentle nature are serving her well. She has a half-brother on the force – High Noon – and she will be enjoying her first Mardi Gras in 2017.

The Fine Print 

Sponsors must be of reputable character and in good legal standing in the community. A police horse sponsor cannot be under criminal investigation or indictment by any criminal justice agency, nor can they have any known history of, or affiliation with any criminal activities or criminal organizations. Sponsorships will only be granted to businesses / corporations / organizations / individuals that reflect a positive image for the community and the police department. No sponsorships will be allowed that are questionable or could bring reproach, discredit, or embarrassment to the department, therefore a background check will be completed on each applicant.

Each potential sponsor must apply and be approved by the Superintendent of Police. Once approved, the sponsor will be directed to make their sponsorship donation to the Police Foundation. Upon receipt of donation, the sponsorship period will begin. To begin the process, please fill out the following information. This information is necessary for the required background check and will be kept strictly confidential.

If you are unable to adopt a horse but would like to donate to the Mounted Unit, please do so here.

Donations support expansion of NOPD Mounted Unit.