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Park Police place in Mounted Police Colloquium

Congratulations to Officers Megan Lau and Kelly Hagen on a great performance at the 30th Annual National Mounted Police Colloquium held in Lexington, Kentucky. Officer Lau was invited as a guest instructor, an extreme honor, only afforded to the most respected Mounted instructors. Officer Hagen competed and won the following awards:

  • 3rd Place Obstacles
  • 3rd Place Equitation
  • 3rd Place Overall Combined Score
  • 3rd Place Department Category (Combined award with Officer Jim Lawrence from the Prince George’s Division)

There were approximately 80 competitors and placing 3rd in so many categories is a remarkable accomplishment. There were competitors from as far as Mexico and Canada. Officers Lau and Hagen have again demonstrated why the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Mounted Unit is the best in the nation.

Great job!
Officer Kelley Hagen

Officer Kelley Hagen and Riley

Park Police join other agencies at the Washington International Horse Show

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police Special Operations Section joined other agencies at the 56th Annual Washington International Horse Show to showcase our award-winning mounted unit.

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country's leading metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October, more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders, including Olympic veterans, come together in Washington, D.C., to compete in six days of thrilling competition.

Check out Sergeant Myrical Gratton's interview with Holly Morris of Fox 5 here.


Sgt. Gratton and Holly Thomas

Sgt. Gratton and Guy with Holly Morris of Fox 5

Officer Nancy Jones awarded Instructor of the Year Award

Congratulations to Officer Nancy Jones on receiving the Non-Academy Instructor of the Year Award for 2014. Officer Jones is a 10-year veteran with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division. She has worked in the Special Operations Section riding horses and motorcycles and is currently assigned to the Patrol unit.

Officer Jones is a certified Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC) Academic Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operators Instructor, and a CPR/First Aid Instructor. Since becoming a General Instructor back in 2008, she has trained many officers and civilians. She has trained officers to safely ride their emergency vehicles and has trained both officers and civilians to perform CPR and First Aid. For Officer Jones' commitment to teaching others, she was awarded the Non-Academy Instructor of the Year for 2014 for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division.

Officer Nancy Jones

Officer Nancy Jones with MPCTC Officials

Park Police score a hit at the North American Police Equestrian Championships

The North American Police Equestrian Championships was held September 26th to 28th in New Castle, Delaware. This year marked an historic moment for our mounted unit in that we won 1st Place Team in Obstacles. Since the competition started, we have had other places but never 1st, which is not an easy task. There were 82 competitors and about 20 departments from the U.S. and Canada competing this year. We did exceptionally well in the obstacle and combined categories as well. Ten ribbons were awarded in each class and trophies as well for the top three in each class. Here are the results:

  • 1st Place Team: Sgt. Chris Tippery, Officer Megan Lau, Officer Kelly Hagen
  • 2nd Place Obstacle: Officer Kelly Hagen
  • 6th Place Obstacle: Sgt. Myrical Gratton
  • 8th Place Novice Equitation: Sgt. Chris Tippery
  • 8th Place Overall Novice Combined: Sgt. Chris Tippery
  • 9th Place Overall Expert Combined: Officer Marc Fanelli
  • 10th Place Overall Expert Combined: Officer Kelley Hagen

CONGRATULATIONS to the #1 Mounted Unit in North America.

NAPEC 2014
Date of last update: October 27, 2014