Massachusetts State Police Mounted Horse Dies


The Massachusetts State Police Mounted United said “Goodbye” to their favorite mount yesterday as he was buried.  Elliot, a Thoroughbred in his early 20’s, had been working for the Mounted Unit for over 15 years until he suffered a life ending injury.  Elliot was a kind, gentle horse who excelled at making people feel comfortable in his presence.  In the obituary written on the MSP Facebook reads in part:

Elliot taught many troopers how to ride and perfect their horsemanship during his fifteen-year tenure. Elliot patrolled many parks and beaches in the Commonwealth and was a crowd favorite for children and adults alike. Elliot was always a part of the major events in the City of Boston, such as sports championship celebrations/crowd control and many years serving at the 4th of July festivities at the Esplanade. He was also a mainstay at Gillette Stadium events, whether it be a New England Patriots game or a concert, Elliot always stood head and shoulders above the rest. His calming demeanor and rock solid stature at these events is what made him such a valuable member of the unit. Elliot really excelled at school and camp events because of his kind way with children. He competed in the 2014 North American Police Equestrian Championships in New Castle, Delaware where he earned a third-place overall in combined flat and obstacle course with Trooper Cristel Sloan. Elliot was also on the first place finishing team for the 2015 Police Horse Pace Challenge.

He was a true gentleman and a true trooper to the end. Elliot’s gentle nature will be greatly missed by many, but will be missed most of all by the State Police Mounted Unit.

Mounted Troopers saluted Elliot as he was buried with his awards and some photographs.

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773


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