- Created on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 21:01
- Written by Imperial Valley News
Calexico, California - The El Centro Sector Border Patrol attended a Mains Elementary School Student Assembly with Trojan, a Horse Patrol mustang.
Last year at a ceremony, Mains Elementary assisted the El Centro Sector Horse Patrol Unit in naming a newly acquired mustang. The school selected the name Trojan after the School’s mascot. At the naming ceremony Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon had promised to bring Trojan back to Mains Elementary if they received good test scores. Fulfilling that promise in recognition of the students' hard work, Trojan was brought back to the school.
During the assembly more than 300 students had the opportunity to pet Trojan and meet agents who are assigned to the Horse Patrol Unit. Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon said, “The El Centro Sector Border Patrol welcomes the opportunity to recognize and support educational achievements such as these. We congratulate the Mains Elementary staff and wish them success in next year’s testing.”
Principal Lizeth Lopez stated, “We would like to thank Chief Calhoon for presenting Mains Elementary School with a certificate congratulating our students for meeting our state targets. We would like to thank the wonderful men and women who keep our country safe each and every day. You have a wonderful team working with Trojan and we know he is in good hands.”
Trojan is a mustang that the El Centro Sector adopted as part of the Border Patrol’s Noble Mustang program. The Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Corrections work cooperatively to train the wild Mustangs. The program is part of a unique inmate rehabilitation program at the Carson City, Nevada correctional institution. Inmates train the wild Mustangs. The horses are then adopted by the U.S. Border Patrol for use at the borders.
The Noble Mustang Program was launched in the spring of 2007, when the Spokane Sector, within the Office of Border Patrol (OBP), adopted eight mustangs through the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program. The mustangs were used to patrol the border along the northern border. Traditionally, mustangs have been purchased through private citizens or commercial vendors. However, through the Noble Mustang program, CBP obtains access to high quality, healthy horses well suited for patrolling the harsh border environments at a fraction of the cost. Furthermore, adopting these mustangs promotes prisoner rehabilitation as mustangs receive personal and extensive training at the Canon City, Colorado Correctional Institution’s Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) before they are adopted by the Border Patrol.