California Highway Patrol (CHP)’s Mounted Patrol unit joined 24 other equestrian teams at the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena earlier this week.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit. The CHP’s equestrian team is assigned to the Capitol Protection Section and consists of seven riders and six draft horses. Last week, the riders and their horses made the journey from Sacramento to Pasadena to be a part of the more than 100-year-old tradition, which included flower-covered floats, marching bands, and equestrian units from across the country. CHP’s equestrian unit was selected from hundreds of applicants.
The Rose Parade was not the first parade excursion for the unit, they’ve appeared in the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hollywood Christmas Parade, Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade, Lake Tahoe 4th of July celebration, University of California Equestrian Days, and both the Coarsegold and Red Bluff Round-Up Rodeos.
The CHP’s mounted patrol officers are responsible for the State Capitol and Capitol Park, as well as hundreds of state properties in downtown Sacramento. The Mounted Patrol Unit is used for general patrol and other situations, and is always ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.