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Urban Trail Ride - 2018

Urban Trail Ride 2018
Andy riding the shovel rather a horse
Along the River
Group 2
Urban Trail Ride 2018
Andy riding the shovel rather a horse
Along the River
Group 2

By the River
CHS Field Ride by
Group 3 at the Capital
Crossing Shepherd Road
By the River
CHS Field Ride by
Group 3 at the Capital
Crossing Shepherd Road

Group 3 preparing for picture
Group 3 Officers and Mounted Volunteers
On Marshall
On Summit
Group 3 preparing for picture
Group 3 Officers and Mounted Volunteers
On Marshall
On Summit

On West 7th
West 7th
Ireland Blvd
Mounted Volunteers Ride by Cathedral
On West 7th
West 7th
Ireland Blvd
Mounted Volunteers Ride by Cathedral

Officer Mink at Peace Officer Memorial
Preparing
Group 1 at the Capital
Officer Mink at Peace Officer Memorial
Preparing
Group 1 at the Capital

The 2018 Urban Trail Ride to benefit the SPPD Mounted Unit was a great success.  The Saint Paul College provided use of its parking facilities to allow the participants to park their trailers and get ready for the ride.

SugaRush Bakery (712 University Avenue, St. Paul www.sugarushdonuts.com) provided a great selection of donuts and Caribou Coffee (1055 Grand Avenue, St. Paul  https://locations.cariboucoffee.com/us/mn/st-paul/1055-grand-avenue) provided the coffee for the riders and volunteers.

Five of the members of the Mounted Unit, with assistance from volunteers from the Mounted Patrols or Posses from Carver, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, St. Croix and Washington County Sheriff’s Departments lead three groups of riders on a tour of the “Saintly City.”  Route link

Members of the SPPD Motorcycle Unit and officers and reserves from the SPPD also provided traffic control on the route.

One of the riders kindly shared with us the following when she got home from the event:

The Urban Trail Ride was a fabulous event, all the way around; well organized well conducted and with good, solid community participation.

It was quite a thrill for this life-long Saint Paul resident who was a proud and blessed participant today.

The route touched on so many places that had nostalgic meaning for me ... from the hallowed ground of the foregone Miller Hospital where I was born; to the glory days of Saint Joseph's Academy, where my older sister shouted out a 2nd-floor window, 'it's a girl', The Commodore Hotel where my Mom and Dad celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 1960, to The Cathedral where my Dad sang a solo of Silent Night at Midnight Mass as a 1st-grader, to the former location of his service station ensconced into the south side of the bottom of Ramsey Hill.  And on to Regents Hospital where my niece, coincidentally, had worked alongside a fellow-boarder at Spruce Hill Farm where I presently keep my horse. 
Regents, being the hospital formally known as Ramsey, where my brother survived a motorcycle accident for which the doctors gave him no chance to live.

The great horse women and men who shared this journey perhaps don't know the rich history of our Dear Saint Paul and the love we residents have for it.  It's a big, small town where the love is passed like a torch from the heart, to the next generation whose legacy it is to preserve the history of our beloved hometown and pass along the stories of family-lore that formed, and continue to uphold our sainted city- Saint Paul.

THANK-YOU ... to the St. Paul Mounted Police Foundation, and to the men and women of The Saint Paul Mounted Patrol for your service and dedication, and for providing an opportunity for this maturing Saint Paulite to cross paths with the touchstones of her life via her love of horses.

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