CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston GP Support local Mounted Patrol

HOUSTON (September 16) ... The Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix (THGPH) introduced the newest addition to its racing family today on the steps of City Hall. This new member won't necessarily be racing around the streets of Houston, but he will be on...

HOUSTON (September 16) ... The Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix (THGPH) introduced the newest addition to its racing family today on the steps of City Hall. This new member won't necessarily be racing around the streets of Houston, but he will be on patrol and assisting with crime prevention. As part of the ongoing effort to support the Houston Police Department and the City of Houston, the THGPH is the sponsor of a horse for the Mounted Patrol.

This sponsorship in conjunction with the HPD Mounted Patrol is a new program and the THGPH is the first company in Houston to pledge its support.

The horse, appropriately named Grand Prix, is 3 ½ years old, 16 hands high and was obtained from the Louisiana State Prison. The prison breeds horses only for sale to law enforcement agencies. Grand Prix completed his training in record time. All reports from the HPD Mounted Patrol indicate he is going to be a good asset to the unit. Grand Prix is assigned to Officer Brett Boudreaux who reported, "Grand Prix is a good horse, friendly and people oriented." Grand Prix began his new job approximately three weeks ago.

As Jim Melvin, general manager for the THGPH, passed the reins to Houston Police Department Chief Bradford, Melvin said, "We are hopeful that our sponsorship of Grand Prix will encourage other companies in Houston to get involved. We feel a sponsorship like this is just one way to say thank you to the HPD for all the services you provide."

Mayor Brown praised the THGPH for its efforts in first bringing a world- class event to Houston and for also being a strong supporter of city programs through the HPD as well as the contributions to various charities.

For more information on the sponsorship of a horse with the HPD Mounted Patrol, contact Sergeant Roy Rideau at 713-681-0862.

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