The officers competed in three classes, and the New Castle County Police Mounted Unit placed in all three events, winning four awards.

The New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol won four awards at the North American Police Equestrian Council Training Competition in Devon, Pennsylvania Oct. 13-15.

The equestrian council created this training event to show police management that time spent on training was a benefit to their departments. Promoting the use of the mount on patrol, this training demonstrates the different tasks that can be accomplished when the horse and rider build a capable partnership.

Seventy officers from across the United States and Canada attended the training. After the training sessions, the competition was held.

The officers competed in three classes – Police Officer and Mount Inspection, Expert Equitation Class, and Police Obstacle Course. Trophies and ribbons were awarded to the top 10 finishers in each class.

The New Castle County Police Mounted Unit placed in all three events, winning four awards:

Ofc. Shughart and his mount Spartan placed first in Police Officer and Mount Inspection.

Ofc. Annone and her mount Warden placed ninth in Expert Equitation Class.

M/Cpl. Brown and his mount Elvis placed eighth in the Police Obstacle Course.

Each unit was able to combine three scores for a team score in the Police Obstacle Course. Ofc. Schultz and her mount Xander, Ofc. Shughart and his mount Spartan, and M/Cpl. Brown and his mount Elvis placed fourth in the Team Police Obstacle Course.