Pendle the Police Horse, by David Palmer-Davies

| 7 February 2013 8:25 am

pendle-coverIt takes a special breed of horse to become a police horse, and the hero of this book, Pendle, is just that.

The story of how he came to be a police horse is told by his rider, Lancashire police constable Dave Palmer-Davies.

Pendle the Police Horse
by David Palmer-Davies
Softcover, 47pp
ISBN 9781903490785
RRP £7.99, proceeds to the Lancashire Constabulary Police Horse Benevolent Fund
Available from Pegasus Publishers.

As a foal, Pendle wonders what he might do when he grows up. His older horse friends offer their advice and the answer is soon clear.

Pendle the Police Horse will appeal to young children, and is perfect for reading aloud. It is beautifully illustrated by Michael Miller.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to The Lancashire Constabulary Retired Police Horse Benevolent Fund, a charity which was established in 2009. The fund helps look after the welfare of retired police horses, and relies on donations and charity events for funding.


The winner of the signed copy of Pendle the Police Horse was Jaxon Croft, of Murchison. 


Dave Palmer-Davies and Pendle.

Dave Palmer-Davies and Pendle.

About the author:

David was born in Blackburn, Lancashire where he went to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school.When he left school he spent some time in his mother’s homeland of New Zealand. It was here that he first gained an interest in horses. In 1989 he joined Lancashire Constabulary and eventually transferred from uniformed patrol duties to the Mounted Branch where he still works. David plays an active role in supporting the Retired Police Horse Benevolent Fund.

“Pendle the Police Horse” is David’s first book, inspired by his working life with horses and having three young boys of his own. David’s other interests are walking the fells and mountains of Cumbria and watching Rugby Union (now he’s too old to play!) He lives in Leyland with his wife his boys and their horse.

Pendle is a working Police Horse. He has been with Lancashire Constabulary Mounted Branch since 1998 and is 18 years old. He is a 16’3 hands high bay gelding . Throughout his service he has worked at many major high profile events including premiership football, and All the Queens Horses in 2002. He continues to go out on patrol every day throughout Lancashire and is considered as one of the most reliable and time served horses on the department.



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  1. Laura Read-Mills says:

    M Neice and Nephew who live with me love horses, and my Neice wants to be a police officer. Her dream would be to be in a mounted unit if we had them still in NZ. My Nephew is learning to read and this book would be such a great one for him and no doubt would be well cherished

  2. Desiree bond says:

    Oh he looks like my old horse trusty tristy

  3. magiclady6698 says:

    My pediatric patients would love this book!

  4. miranda Cradock says:

    This book would be perfect for the kids that i look after they are all horse crazy. and its a great cause for the funds going to.

  5. Pattie Eckerle says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I would love a copy!

  6. Hayley says:

    What a good idea for a book! So clever and cute! When i was a kid my mother always wanted me to be a mounted policewoman haha.

  7. Anita E says:

    What gorgeous pictures.
    I have a girl who is horse mad who would treasure this book :)

  8. Jill says:

    Thank you for showing us this lovely book. How can we buy one to support this great cause! My 8 year old horse mad daughter will love it!

  9. cathyclark says:

    Love this book. It would be a great addition to my grandson’s collection. He reads quite a bit as his father is in the military. He has a Dartmoor pony, Basil, and would share enjoying the book with his friends at school and cub scouts.

  10. vickie hinson says:

    we have a horse her name is sugarfoot my grandson would to read this thanks

  11. Erin says:

    Looks like a great story for the kiddies! :)

  12. Jenny Turner says:

    I live in Ch-Ch N.Z. we have 2 minis that belong to my grandchildren….this book would look very nice on our bookshelf…Thanks

  13. Lisa C says:

    My 12 year old daughter Meighan is horse mad and loves any books that mention horses & ponies. she would love to win a copy of this book

  14. May says:

    The police horses in NYC were stabled in an old building used for that purpose a century plus ago. I don’t know where they are kept today. They were always heroes. They still are. My grandchildren should have this book.

  15. Hayley says:

    Ooh would love to win this book. I would be able to share it between my own three sons and with the children at my early childhood centre I work at.

  16. Demelza says:

    My daughter would love a copy of this book she is horse mad

  17. Katie Law says:

    i would love this book to read to my children i work with as a early childhood teacher

  18. Shiann Cattley says:

    My aunty is starting a therapy group and the kids that are coming to ride would love this book to read while they are learning about the horses. It would show them what heros horses can be and show what the kids themselves can achieve just like Pendle

  19. A good story for all children .

  20. Almond Marree says:

    my boy Jaxon would love this book. he loves horses and rides up with me and isnt even 2!! he also loves riding on my dads wagon with the clydesdales! :)

    • Almond Marree says:

      p.s Jaxons birthday is on the 20.4
      his grandad wont be here for his birthday because he will be on a wagon journey with his 2 clydesdale stallions!! Exiting :)

  21. Lyn SOlomon-LInville says:

    To promote police horses these days when some children have never known the touch of a horse is fabulous!

  22. Tony Dexter says:

    Sounds like a great story. Would like to know more.

  23. Bonnie Hill says:

    My Granddaughter Madeline comes to my farm from the city and loves the animals, I hope one day she becomes a vet.All my grandchildren love the Horses, they could read this when they arent at the farm!

  24. Melanie Tonkin says:

    My son would love this book, he would like to be a police officer or vet when he grows up!

  25. Heather says:

    What a great book this sounds like,would love to win a copy to keep, THanks

  26. Debra says:

    The only problems I ever had with a police horse was there was nowhere to pin a medal on these brave corrageous horses, and they simply have to find the right place for retirement. Like any inteligent person going from a full weeks work to nothing they get bored. Its a special retirement home that can manage these special horses. Apart from that they are just the best………..

  27. Tracey Heaven says:

    I can see this book being read by our family over and over again…and our friends…and over and over again! Will be a fab read!!! :)

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