Officer Kyle Johnson poses with his “Black and White” and our “Black and White,” beautiful Daphne. We wanted to show the bond between the police and equestrian communities and how much we appreciate their service. Many a time my friends and I, while horseback riding, have had our run-ins with the law here in Southern California.
Police vehicles are often parked along Mulholland Hwy in Calabasas, or at a stop sign on Round Meadow in Hidden Hills, or the trailhead at Chesebro in Agoura. As we ride by, we can’t help but kindly joke with the officers:
“I promise officer, I won’t speed.”
“Look officer, no hands.”
“Oh, oh you caught me texting while I ride.”
Or my personal favorite:
We are friendly to express our appreciation for all the help police officers provide. Often police officers have helped a group of riders cross dangerous highways only to return hours later and repeat the same action, insuring our safety on the way home. Because of police presence, motorists, motorcyclists and bicyclists tend to behave better when the officers are minding the roads. Insuring safety for everyone. Again, we thank them for their service.
This article was written in remembrance of Sgt. Steve Owen who was killed October 5th, 2016 in pursuit of a parolee suspected of burglary. Sgt. Owen was a 29-year veteran of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s dept. He was extremely well liked within his community, and in civilian life as well. He was known for being a great husband, father and also an excellent horseman. Sgt. Owen was also part of the Mounted Patrol Unit and a great example of how police and horses work as team operating not only as protectors, but amabssadors of goodwill in communities across the country.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell noted Sgt. Owen’s help in preparing to ride horseback in the Pasadena Parade. “I had never done that before, and he was somebody who was a real horseman … truly a gentleman, somebody who wanted to be … helpful in whatever … he did. Everybody looked to Steve as the go-to guy, and within the organization he was looked to as a role model for everybody else,” Sheriff McDonnell said in an interview with KTLA.
On the day Sgt. Owen was laid to rest, “The procession of vehicles was so long that the last vehicle departed about 30 minutes after the group at the head of the line, “ according to NBC Los Angeles.
Thank you for your service and goodwill Sgt. Owen. You will not be forgotten.