A&S PCC Sue Mountstevens with Quantock
One of Somerset's most popular landmarks has been chosen as the name for one of Avon and Somerset Constabulary's new four legged recruits Brian, who will be known from today as QUANTOCK.
The rolling Quantock Hills, west of Bridgwater, were the inspiration for several our of our competition entrants, meaning the winner had to be picked at random by the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
The competition to name the police horse attracted thousands of entries – the majority of which came through Facebook and Twitter.
Quantock was named today and given his special name plate as he enjoyed a visit from the PCC. The winner will be contacted soon and given the opportunity to come and meet Quantock and the mounted officers at the stables.
While some of our horses have stable names, it is tradition that they are also given an official name which relates to the Avon and Somerset force area in some way.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I was delighted to be asked to pick the new name and it was lovely to see everyone make such an effort and get in contact with their suggestions. Of all the choices, I picked Quantock after the hills in Somerset; I thought it was a beautiful name for a stunning horse."
Quantock is seven years old and is 17.2hh high. He is a bay Irish draught cross and has been training with us for a year.
Mounted section Sergeant Kerry Williams said: "Quantock is a wonderful name and reflects the beautiful area we live and work in. The horses cover the whole of Avon and Somerset and enjoy a good gallop across the hills when we are in the Quantocks and other rural areas.
"I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response we had to the competition and all the people who follow our work daily on our Twitter account."
You can follow the police horses on Twitter @ASPoliceHorses
Posted on Friday 25th October 2013