Monday Apr 05 2010
Dice gets new role in life
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
By Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent Dice spent part of his life on the National Harness Racing circuit then dedicated his career to law enforcement and now he will work with children and the disabled. The 15-year-old American standard bred equine has served with the Folsom Police Department’s mounted patrol for five years with partner Sgt. Dirk Regan. “Dice logged hundreds of hours in service to the citizens of Folsom during the five years I rode him,” Regan said. “He was a great partner… aggressive in enforcement action but especially gentle with children.” The strain of patrolling the streets had begun to wear on Dice’s injuries he incurred during his professional harness racing career, officials said. He has now retired to the Grace Foundation to work with their therapeutic riding program. The Grace Foundation of Northern California is an equine rescue and rehabilitation facility located in El Dorado Hills. The foundation provides critical care and rehabilitation for abused and neglected horses and utilizes rescued horses for equine assisted learning and therapeutic programs for youth and children. The Grace Foundation’s goal is to protect, care for, and heal these two important groups — children and abused and neglected animals, according to the organization’s Web site. “He was uniquely and perfectly suited for his new job at the Grace Foundation” Sgt. Regan said.