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Joann Long and Dillon Joann K. Long won multiple Grand Champion Awards at the North American Police Equestrian Championships among both professional and volunteer mounted officers. Before retiring with her Quarter Horse Morgan, Dillon, she had earned the coveted Gold Medal at the NYS Police Equestrian Games 4 years in a row. Joann also has placed in the top 10 with multiple horses in every mounted police competition entered in her 12 years of service. Her mounted police competitions led her to winnings in Canada, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and New York. See the extensive list of accomplishments in the Competition History link. She is the only volunteer officer to ever win the prestigious Brigadier Memorial Champion Award.

 Joann is National Mounted Police and Toronto Police Services Certified, as well as completed training certifications from Wyoming County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit, Seneca County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit, Livingston County Mounted Unit, Chautauqua County Mounted, and Massasauga Search and Rescue.  

She and her Percheron Quarter Horse cross, Shamrock, were honored to represent New York Police Horse Training in the filming of the French television 50-minute documentary “New York City Mounted Police” that aired in France on Equidia cable TV in 2012.  Joann enjoys sharing her extensive professional experience and proven training techniques to help others form their special partnership, communication and trust with their horse!

 Joann Long teaching Obstacle Training  Through Gentle Dove Farm, Joann provides demonstrations with her own police horses performing complex obstacles to exemplify the ultimate trust that can be achieved. Gentle Dove Farm offers educational horsemanship training through unique and fun Obstacle Clinics, workshops, lectures, and lessons Mounted Police Style!

Joann's Training and Activities include:

  • Toronto Police Services Training Certified.  Activities included Equitation, Troop Training in formation riding along the beach, Crowd Control, Skill at Arms, Obstacle and Sensory training, and Patrol Time with strategies for the streets, including a ride down Yonge Street.
  • National Mounted Training Group, Mounted Police Certification, graduated with distinction. This course included training in equitation & formation riding, Search & Rescue, vehicle extrication, horse psychology, crowd control & psychology, arrest techniques, street sensory & obstacle training, street survival techniques, night operations, and selection of the police horse.
  • Multiple Grand Championship titles at the North American Police Equestrian Championships and NYS Police and Fire Games, as well as local mounted police competitions.
  • Mounted Police excursions riding Dillon through lower Manhattan to Ground Zero, through the battle grounds of Gettysburg, through the surf at Virginia Beach, and along the streets of downtown Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • 12 years of NYS Volunteer Mounted Unit Training and Certification
  • Numerous Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol trainings and tune-ups 
  • Search and Rescue Procedures including Man Tracking, Evidence and Clue Awareness, and Map & Compass Techniques, and Grid Searching Procedures on Horseback
  • John Lyons, Clinton Anderson, Patti Carter, Brian Dygert, Bonnie Miller, Dave Minteer, Karen Alexander, and Bob Dickenson horsemanship clinics/lessons.
  • Last but not least, Joann has trained with the best; her mentor and hero, Sgt. James Patterson from the Toronto Police Services Mounted Division.  Jim was instrumental in showing her how mounted police training should really be done and she values the extensive expertise he shared.  He is an exceptional horseman, a true professional, and a great friend.

NYS Police Olympic ChampionsJoann and Dillon

Joann Long
2906 Wheeler Station Rd.
 Bloomfield, NY 14469
Phone: 585- 738-7477

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