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New Orleans Police Department Mounted Patrol Receives Donation of New Saddles and Tack

New Orleans, LA. - The Mounted Division of the New Orleans Police Department

received a donation of 20 saddles, bridles and other equine equipment during

a special presentation at the New Orleans Police Department stables in City

Park on Friday, Feb. 2.

The donation was made by the American Association of Equine Practitioners

Foundation, headquartered in Lexington, Ky.; the Louisiana Veterinary

Medical Association's Equine Committee, headquartered in Baton Rouge, La.;

and Tucker Saddlery, located in Yoakum, Texas.

Following hurricane Katrina in 2005, both the AAEP Foundation and LVMA

Equine Committee formed equine disaster relief funds to help horses and

their caretakers. Veterinarians, horse owners, equine organizations and

corporations from across the country answered the call and donated

generously to these two groups. Since that time, both organizations have

been helping horses and their caretakers through various feed and medical

relief efforts throughout the Gulf Region.

"Donors from across the country should be thanked for the support and

willingness to help horses," said AAEP Foundation chairman Nat White, DVM.

"We are delighted to be able to give back to the New Orleans Mounted Patrol

through this donation and we thank the many partners and their donors that

have helped us to be able to do this for such an important and proud symbol

of New Orleans."

Attending this presentation were: New Orleans Police Department

Superintendent Warren J. Riley; Mounted Division Captain Clarence Hebert;

Jay Addison, DVM, representing the LVMA Equine Committee; Gary Norwood, DVM,

representing the AAEP Foundation; Joey Templat of SACS Western Store,

representing Tucker Saddlery; and various human and equine officers of the

New Orleans Mounted Patrol.

NOPD Mounted Patrol Division Donors

American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) (http://www.aaep.org)

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), headquartered in

Lexington, Ky. at the famed Kentucky Horse Park, was founded in 1954 as a

non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse.

Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its

over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues,

practice management, research and continuing education in the equine

veterinary profession and horse industry.

AAEP Foundation (http://www.aaepfoundation.org)

The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, was created in 1994 as the

charitable arm of the AAEP. Operating costs are paid by the AAEP, so

contributions are used to support programs. The mission of the Foundation

is to improve the health and welfare of the horse through support of

research, education, benevolence and the equine community.

LVMA & LVMA Equine Committee (http://www.lvma.org>)

The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA) was founded in 1905 and

incorporated in 1953. The Equine Committee is an autonomous committee

charged with the planning and execution of the equine seminar held annually

during Kentucky Derby weekend in Shreveport. In addition, the committee has

built a soccer field and basketball goals for the racetrack workers and

their families and purchased equipment for the LSU vet school. The committee

is active in support of research and equine industry activities at the

school and throughout the state. The mission and goals of the LVMA are to:

Advance the science and art of veterinary medicine and its relationship to

the public's health and biological sciences and agriculture in the state of


Promote the health of all species and to extend to the agricultural

community and the community-at-large the benefits of sound and progressive

leadership in the diagnosis and treatment of animals. Foster, maintain and

enhance public understanding of the nature of the veterinary profession.

Do all things necessary and desirable to further high standards of care in

the treatment of animals and continuing standards of excellence in the

professional training and continuing education of doctors of veterinary


Promote goodwill among its members and to seek protection of their rights

and privileges.

Advance the maintenance of ethical standards, which reflect the learned

nature of the profession and the peculiar responsibilities of the

veterinarian to the whole community of Louisiana.

Tucker Saddlery, Inc. (http://www.tuckersaddles.com)

Tucker Saddlery, Inc., founded 30 years ago, has lead the industry with the

development, design and manufacture of saddles and accessories for trail

riders. Tucker's patented Gel-CushT Shock Absorbing Seat, built into every

Tucker saddle, provides riders Ultimate Trail Comfort. Only the finest

leathers and materials available in the industry today are used in the

production of Tucker Trail saddles. Tucker saddles, all built in the USA,

are the standard in quality and style for trail riders throughout the world.

Because of the comfort and durability of the saddles and accessories, many

mounted patrols across the country choose Tucker Saddlery equipment to

outfit their horses.

SACS Western Store (Gonzales, LA)


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