Gateway Gazette

Help! Names needed for RCMP Foals!

OTTAWA – Hey kids – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a contest just for you! Canada’s national police force needs your help to name six foals born this spring at the RCMP breeding farm in Pakenham, Ontario. Wouldn’t it be cool if one of the foals you name is part of the world-famous Musical Ride some day? It’s possible if you send in an entry to the 2015 RCMP “Name the Foal” contest!

“Every year we look forward to seeing the creative names children and young people from across the country submit for the foals,” says Superintendent Leslie Cook, Officer in Charge of the Musical Ride Branch. “The Name the Foal” contest is an annual tradition we look forward to, thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of the participants.”

To qualify, entries must meet the following criteria:

  • names must begin with the letter “M” and must be 6 letters or fewer;
  • entries must include the entrant’s name, age, address and telephone number, as well as the suggested name for the foal;
  • entrants must be 14 years old or younger;
  • only one entry per child will be eligible;
  • on-line entries must be received no later than July7, 2015.

In the event of duplicate winning names, the first entry received will be accepted.

Winning names will be chosen by instructors of the RCMP Musical Ride Branch.  Contest winners will be announced in September, and their names, along with the foal’s name will be posted on the RCMP website.  Winners will receive a number of great RCMP prizes such as a signed Stetson worn by a Musical Ride member, a framed picture of the foal, t-shirt, pins and much more.

Children are encouraged to submit their entries on the Internet at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mr-ce/foal-poulain-eng.htm.

If you prefer, send your entry by mail (including school entries), but ensure it is postmarked no later than July 2:

Send it to:
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Musical Ride Branch
c/o RCMP Name the Foal Contest
PO Box 8900
Ottawa, ON. K1G 3J2

“We look forward to seeing the many original names the children come up with for 2015,” says Superintendent Cook. “Get your entries in and you can play a role in the Musical Ride of the future!”

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