Home » News » Public Safety
Horsing around: Manchester students name police horse
Officers Marc Lachance, left, and Scott Tardiff stand with the Manchester Police Department's newest horse, General John Stark, on Tuesday at Smyth Road Elementary School. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"It smells like flowers, doesn't it?" asked Officer Scott Tardiff of the Manchester Police Department's Mounted Unit.
"Noooooooo," the children said in unison.
A shovel and a bucket took care of the horse manure and the "ewws" from the fourth-grade students in Mrs. Joleen Stephens' class quickly went to cheers when police Chief David Mara told them they won the contest to rename Clyde, the department's newly acquired 7-year-old gelding.
The police department held a citywide contest giving children in kindergarten through fifth grade a chance at renaming the horse. Herlicka Financial Group, LLC purchased the naming rights for $2,500 and then turned them over to the city's school children.
He didn't tell them that the young excitable horse threw a rider in Veterans Park, was pink slipped and sold to a family in Ohio where he is now a pulling horse.
Mara shook hands with the children as he presented each with a certificate. They were then allowed to get up close and personal with The General, who stood quietly as the children gathered around and petted him.
Tardiff said The General eats 30 pounds of hay a day and a couple of cups of grain. His favorite food is grass, however, and when he is especially good he is treated with a carrot or apple. And, because he is on pavement a lot, he goes through shoes every six weeks.
The fourth-graders came up with the name while studying New Hampshire history.
A statue of Stark riding a horse is featured in a North End park named for him.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Two-alarm blaze at vacant building in Nashua - 0
- Police officer, firefighter team up to rescue dog from frozen Raymond river - 0
- Pilot safe after crash landing on Alton ice runway - 0
- Police dog Mingo is in even better hands - 0
- Manchester police honor their own for dedicated service - 1
- Damage from water main break closes portion of Allds Street in Nashua - 0
- Former UNH police chief remembered as 'amazing leader' - 0
- Pinkerton warns community of person soliciting students - 0
- Oil tanker strikes Memorial Bridge early Friday - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NH delays enforcing liquor warehouse pact - 0
- Planned Parenthood funds S&M Web video - 0
- John DiStaso's Granite Status: Gatsas incensed by unauthorized use of his phone number for 'robocalls' - 0
- Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Vote on death penalty repeal set for Wednesday - 0
- Legislative ethics: NH way works better than most - 0
- Blue shame: Obamacare's big change - 0
- Ian Clark's On Hockey: Newest Monarchs making impact - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat: Aging catchers cause for concern - 0
- Ted Siefer's City Hall: It was all about chickens, alleged threats and nocturnal wanderings - 1
NH delays enforcing liquor warehouse pact
Two-alarm blaze at vacant building in Nashua
Planned Parenthood funds S&M Web video
Charles Krauthammer: The wages of weakness