Police horse Jade retired on Wednesday after a career spanning 21 years, enjoying a cake and carrots on her last official day.
The mare has provided sterling service to South Australia Police’s Mounted Operations Unit, having joined the force in 1992. She will retire to a property in the Adelaide Hills.
Acting Senior Sergeant Kelly-Anne Taylor-Wilson, from the mounted unit, said Jade will be missed by her two-legged and four-legged colleagues.
“Jade has been a loyal and reliable servant of the South Australia Police for over two decades and, like all our horses, she has become part of the police family during her service,” she said.
“She will be missed by her stable mates, but I know Jade will love her new pastures in Birdwood, where she can relax and enjoy her retirement.”
Jade is one of 35 police horses, who are sourced from across Australia.
Jade’s service record is impressive, but she is not the longest-serving police horse in South Australian history. That honour belongs to Wistow, who worked for the force for 27 years before retiring.
He was given to the police by a couple from Wistow.
Jade was bought from the Kidman Pastoral Company on November 1, 1991.
Standing just over 16 hands high, she has been involved in many public order and crowd control situations, and various and operational patrols throughout the state. She also took part in ceremonial duties such as graduation parades at the Police Academy.