The third- and fourth-grade students of Isabella Bird Community School indulged in an afternoon of horse-play with the Denver Police Department (DPD) Tuesday. They were given the distinct honor of naming the newest equestrian officer to join the DPD Mounted Patrol Unit, first providing a list of their top ten name choices — Justice, Serene, Domino, Comanche, Winter, Izzy B Horse, Mr. Mustache, Galaxy, Hero, Lucky and Cloud.
The tradition of giving the prized naming rights of a new DPD horse to Denver Public Schools elementary students is a bit long-in-the-tooth, as it serves as a way to honor the generosity of Betty Robertson, an eighty-nine year old retired school teacher and longtime supporter of the DPD, who has donated the horses for many years.
Isabella Bird Community School students were introduced to the horse, currently named Blue, by the DPD officers, with plenty of time to ask a slew of questions – including, “Do you make the bad guys ride the horse back to jail?” and “How do you know if the horses are happy?” — and cozy up to their new four-legged friend.
The Mounted Patrol Unit will select three of the students’ top ten names as the final choices to be voted on by the children before the unveiling of the new name on May 2.