LAREDO, TEXAS—Thanks to some creative students, four horses assigned to the Laredo Sector Horse Patrol were given official names. The horses were wild mustangs adopted through the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program.
During the horse naming ceremonies, a proclamation is read, signifying the official name change for the horses and the schools receive a picture of the horse with a certificate commemorating the special event.
The first ceremony was held on May 21, at Norman Thomas Elementary in Freer. The school was honored for suggesting "Spirit" as a good name for one of the horses. The following day, Ramirez/Burks Elementary in Cotulla, was recognized for their name selection of "Rango."
Today, the horse patrol unit will be traveling to San Antonio, for a special presentation at Ricardo Salinas Elementary school. The school is named after a fallen Border Patrol agent, Ricardo Salinas. The students selected the name "Rico," short for Ricardo, as a very special name for the horse.
The last of the four mustangs will get his new name on May 28, 2013 in Zapata at Zapata North Elementary School. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol Horse Patrol program currently has a total of 18 horses.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.