A horse named Downend?

September 26 2013

CALLING Downend residents, we need your help – and we’re not horsing around!


CALLING Downend residents, we need your help – and we’re not horsing around!

Here at Downend Voice, we were delighted to hear Avon and Somerset Police are asking the people of Bristol to help name their latest four-legged recruit.

When we heard that some of the force’s police horses are named after areas, including Redland and St George, we thought it would be fantastic if they named their latest fresher after our great area.

After all, Downend is the birthplace of one of the greatest English cricketers of all time, W G Grace.

The 17.2hh bay Irish draught cross has been dubbed ‘Brian’ until he gets officially named later this month. Police are asking for people to suggest names via Twitter and Facebook and all we are asking our readers is to put forward the moniker ‘Downend’.

Downend Voice publisher Gary Brindle said: “It would be pretty amazing if we could show the police just how many of us would like to see their latest horse name after the area of Downend.

“Although, it’s really just a bit of fun, if our readers spread the word to their friends and family, we could hopefully persuade the police to give the name some serious consideration.”  ‘Brian’ has been training with the police for a year and has recently passed all tests with flying colours.

While some of the police horses have stable names, it is tradition that they are also given an official name which relates to the Avon and Somerset area in some way.  Some of the animals are named after local areas while others are given names in recognition of a famous resident or someone that has given a lot to local communities.

Current names include Clifton, Brunel, Lewis, Beaufort, Thomas, Redland, St George, Broadmead, Jubilee and Cabot.

The winning name will be picked by Sergeant Kerry Williams and the winner will be invited to the official naming ceremony at Bower Ashton where they will be presented with a framed certificate and have the chance to meet the horses.

Sgt Williams said: “Brian has become an excellent police horse and we are looking forward to renaming him. Our Twitter account is very popular and we know lots of people also follow the horses on Facebook. We thought it would be a nice idea to ask our followers to come up with his new name.”

The closing date for names is Monday October 21. The winner will be announced shortly afterwards. 

Please tweet your ideas to @ASPoliceHorses and use the hashtag #namethepolicehorse. You can also post your suggestions on Facebook. 

Fingers crossed!