Name The Mustang Contest Winners!
published in the August 2015 issue
Mr. Rolando Bocanegra Submitted name - Hidalgo
Mrs. Linda Gonzalez, Submitted name - Vega
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Action 4 News recently
partnered on a contest to name the four newest horses
acquired by the RGV Sector Horse Patrol Unit.
On Thursday July 23rd an awards presentation ceremony
was held at the Horse Patrol Unit's facility in Mission, TX.
Three of the four contestants whose suggestions for names
were chosen are pictured here. The fourth winner, Mrs. Amanda
Chavez was unable to be present for the ceremony. Mrs.
Chavez submitted the name Ranger.
Horse Patrol Agent Heriberto Rivas gives the following
acount of how these mustangs provide an invaluable service.
"While working upriver of the Hidalgo Texas Port of Entry
on a midnight shift, my partner and I were sitting under a tree
on horseback observing a trail commonly utilized by undocumented
immigrants. We were strategically placed and faced
into the direction we were sure to see the undocumented immigrants
travel. Approximately an hour later (0300hrs), Rocky,
my horse, turns his head suddenly into the opposite direction
and his ears pricked forward. As we utilized our night vision
equipment, multiple subjects were observed walking behind
us through the brush northbound to Hidalgo, Texas. We rode
in behind the group and made the apprehensions.
Numerous apprehensions have been made as a result of
merely observing a horse's behavior and attentiveness while
working out in the field. That early morning I realized that
Rocky is not just my assigned horse, he is much more. He
is my partner, and he takes real good care of me and I do the
same for him."
Ms. Jennifer Uresti Submitted name - El Dorado