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October 8, 2016 had something for everyone at the 2nd Company Governor's Horse Guard. Host to the 2nd Annual Western CT Police k-9 Challenge, exotic cars, motorcycles, hayrides, pumpkin painting for the kids, and of course food!

The K-9 Challenge was a fundraiser for the 2nd Co. Governor's Horse Guard hosted by the Newtown Kennel Club (NKC), the Friends of Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, and The Hometown Foundation, Inc. Donations raised will help keep 2GHG one of the last active cavalry units in the country based in Newtown.

K-9s tackled the obstacle course, apprehended ‘suspects’ fleeing from a vehicle, demonstrated their obedience skills, and competed for fastest dog bragging rights. Teams from Monroe, New Britain, Newtown, Ridgefield, Shelton, and Stamford police departments, and the 928th Military Police Army National Guard were among the top award winners.

2016 Western CT Police K-9 Challenge Results Winners were based on cumulative points earned in the individual events of tactical obedience, obstacle course, simulations, suspect apprehension, and fastest dog.

Best Overall Team Awards:

First: Stamford Police Department - K-9 Bobi, an 8-year-old male German Shepherd Dog, and his handler Officer David J. Dogali. K-9 Bobi is dual-purpose trained on narcotics and patrol.

Second: Connecticut 928th Military Police Working Dog Detachment, part of the Army National Guard stationed in Newtown, CT - K-9 Balou, an 8-year-old female Belgian Malinois dual-purpose trained on narcotics and patrol with her handler Christopher Rufini.

Third: Newtown Police Department - K-9 Saint Michael, a 3-year-old male German Shepherd Dog, patrol certified, and his handler Officer Felicia Figol.

Best K-9 Awards:

First: K-9 Zora - a 4-year-old female German Shepherd Dog dual-purpose trained in narcotics detection and patrol, from the Connecticut 928th Military Police Working Dog Detachment, part of the Army National Guard stationed in Newtown, CT with her handler Nelson Struck.

Second: K-9 Murphy - 4-year-old male German Shepherd Dog dual-purpose trained in narcotics detection and patrol, from the Monroe Police Department with his handler John McAulay.

Third: K-9 Stryker, a 2-year-old male German Shepherd Dog, from the Shelton Police Department with his handler Officer Dan Loris.

Best Handler Awards:

First: Ray Ouellette from the New Britain Police Department with K-9 Pup, a 3-year-old male, German Shepherd Dog.

Second: Shawn Murray from the Ridgefield Police Department with K-9 Loki, a 3-year-old male, German Shepherd Dog trained in patrol.

Third: David J. Dogali from the Stamford Police Department with K-9 Bobi, an 8-year-old male German Shepherd Dog.

Stephen A. Ketchum “People’s Choice” Award Based on votes from the public to honor the memory of Newtown Police Officer Stephen A. Ketchum and his dedication to the community and the police department. Members of the Ketchum family presented the award.

2016 Inaugural Winner:

K-9 Murphy - 4-year-old male German Shepherd Dog dual-purpose trained in narcotics detection and patrol, from the Monroe Police Department.

Judges:

New Milford Police Lt. Bill Scribner, Brookfield Police Sgt. Jeff Osuch, Danbury Police Sgt. Jim Antonelli, Newtown Police Officer Paula Wickham, and Chris Sweetwood, AKC Delegate.

Newtown Police Officer Matt Hayes was the decoy ‘suspect.’

Event sponsors:

The Hometown Foundation, Inc., The Sferruzzo Family, Turnpike Motors Autobody, Newtown Veterinary Services, and Long Island Exotics Club.

The 2GHG Commandant Major James Marrinan, assisted by NKC members, presented ribbons and NKC medallions to the winners during the awards ceremony. Additional prizes donated by The Hometown Foundation, Inc., NJK Automotive, LLC, Cabela’s, and the Newtown Kennel Club.

The Newtown Kennel Club, founded in 1947, has a long tradition of supporting canine causes and charities whose mission includes the health and welfare of all dogs in the community. A portion of the proceeds from its annual dog shows is donated to canine-related organizations, non-profits and the continued support of Newtown’s Police K-9 Unit. For more information visit www.newtownkennelclub.org

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to supporting the community in conjunction with Bozzuto’s Inc. and its IGA retailers. Founded in 2002, the Hometown Foundation, Inc. supports six core community needs: the military, children in need, intellectual disabilities, life threatening illness, emergency response personnel, and animal rescue. These key program areas are the focus of the foundation to make a difference in the community. The Dream Ride Experience is the signature event of The Hometown Foundation, Inc. Throughout the course of the year, various fundraising events are held to support The Dream Ride Experience and The Hometown Foundation, Inc. For more information visit: www.hometownfoundation.org.

The Friends of 2GHG was organized by former members of the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard, (2GHG), for charitable and educational purposes. The Friends are dedicated to promoting the public’s interest in, and the general welfare of 2GHG. 2GHG is a specially chartered body of troops of the organized militia of the State of Connecticut, headquartered in Newtown, Connecticut. For more information visit www.friendsof2ghg.org

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