The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are asking for the public’s help in naming some newborn horses.
The RCMP’s foals may one day become part of the force’s famous Musical Ride. This year the national police are looking for names which begin with the letter “W”.
The RCMP is marking its 150th anniversary this year and is looking for names which reflect the storied history of the organization. Up to 12 winners will be selected from across Canada, including one classroom entry and one entry from those received at the Musical Ride’s Open House in February.
“The RCMP’s 150th anniversary is an important milestone in the organization’s history and offers a chance to show how we’ve grown and evolved for Canadians,” says Sergeant Major Scott Williamson, Riding Master of the Musical Ride
“This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about RCMP history and use that knowledge to provide some great name suggestions for our newborn foals.”
The winning names will be given to as many as 12 foals that are expected to be born this spring at the RCMP Breeding Farm in Pakenham, Ontario. The children whose names are selected will each receive a prize pack that includes a photo of the foal they named, a certificate signed by the RCMP Commissioner, and an engraved horseshoe made by an RCMP farrier.
The winning classroom entry will receive a framed photo of the foal they named and a certificate signed by the RCMP Commissioner.
The winning foal names will be chosen by a committee of employees at the RCMP Musical Ride and Heritage Branch and announced in late May – along with the contest winners – on the RCMP website and social media.
To qualify, a participant must:
- be 14 years of age or younger*
- submit a name that begins with the letter “W”
- submit only one entry
- live in Canada
- submit an entry by no later than April 21, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST
You can submit your entry through the RCMP’s Name The Foal page.