From left: Asa with Officer Holschwander, Grey with Officer Leaser, George with Officer Waldeck, and Pharaoh with Officer Buskirk

2016  is here!  In 2013 our 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, was officially established. The non-profit organization allows us to provide donors and sponsors with a tax-deductible donation center that is overseen by a board of directors. The current budget through the City of Bethlehem for 2016 for the care of the horses is $6,000.  The Mounted Patrol Unit saw a 50%  reduction in the operational funding for the Unit in 2012 along with the total elimination of our training budget. With the help of our Adopt-A-Horse sponsors we were able to cover the costs of maintaining the horses in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Our goal is to repeat the success of the Adopt-A-Horse program well into future years.

Adopt-A-Horse Sponsorships are filled!

Have a sweet spot for Pharaoh? Does George tickle your fancy? Is Asa or Grey the horse for you? The Mounted Patrol Unit currently is seeking 2016 sponsorships for our Adopt-A-Horse program. With the current economic climate and the shrinking municipal budget the members of the unit developed a sponsorship program to defer the cost of the caring for our partners from the tax payers. Estimated annual costs for the shoeing, feeding, and vetting of our horses is approximately $5,000 per horse.

Sponsors will receive the following:

  • A memento plaque containing a picture of the horse in full patrol dress and a worn horseshoe used on patrol.
  • A sponsor plaque that will be displayed on the horse’s stall at Johnson Barn, Burnside Plantation.
  • A special mention on our website in a section commending our donors as a friend of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, community partner and horse sponsor.


We would like to thank the following companies for their generous sponsorship of one of our horses. Their financial support allows us to cover a majority of the feeding, veterinary, shoeing, and maintenance costs associated with caring for Pharaoh, George, Asa, and Grey while limiting the budgetary impact on  tax-payers.


Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen – The 2017 Adopt-A-Horse sponsor for George.

Maria's Farm Country Kitchen

Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen, a blog created by Maria Rodale, is a place for her to share organic recipes, thought-provoking ideas and issues, organic gardening tips and techniques, recommendations for happy and healthy everyday living, and visits from her friends. For additional information about the blog and Ms. Rodale please click here

George thanks Maria


Just Born, Inc. – The 2017 Adopt-A-Horse sponsor for Pharaoh.


Just Born is a family-owned candy manufacturer that has been in business for more than eight decades and three generations. They make everyone’s favorite candies. Among their well-known confections are: PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies, MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies, HOT TAMALES® Brand Candies, PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies. They employ more than 500 associates in Bethlehem and Philadelphia, PA and market their candy in more than 35 countries. All Just Born candies are made in the USA. On a side note, Officer Buskirk’s favorite candy happens to be MIKE AND IKE®. 


Lehigh University – The 2017 Adopt-A-Horse sponsor for Asa.

Lehigh Logo

Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by Asa Packer, an industrial pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Lehigh is located on a beautifully wooded campus spanning 2,358 acres, one of the largest private campuses in the country. Nearly 7,000 students call this hillside university “home.” With four distinguished colleges, Lehigh strikes the perfect balance: It’s an internationally recognized research university that has the atmosphere of a small college.

Asa and Officer Holschwander


Moravian College – The 2017 Adopt-A-Horse sponsor for Grey.

Moravian Logo

Moravian traces its origin to a girls’ school founded in May 1742 by sixteen-year-old Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf. Benigna von Zinzendorf’s school was the first girls’ boarding school in America. It gained such a distinguished reputation that George Washington, during his second term as president of the United States, personally petitioned the headmaster for the admission of two of his great-nieces. The Bethlehem Female Seminary, as the school became known, was chartered to grant baccalaureate degrees in 1863, and in 1913 became Moravian Seminary and College for Women.

In 1954, after two centuries of separate development and growth, the women’s and the men’s institutions were combined to form a single coeducational college. Moravian Theological Seminary maintained a closely related but academically distinct identity as a graduate school of theology. As a result of the merger, Moravian College became the Lehigh Valley’s first coeducational institution of higher education.

On a special side note, Officer Buskirk is proud to call Moravian College his alma mater.

Grey and Officer Leaser


Interested in supporting the Mounted Police?
For more information, please contact the Mounted Unit at or the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police at

Donations can be sent to:
Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police
P.O. Box 1314
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Your check can be made out to Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police. Now you can also send your donation via PayPal by using the button on our blog.

Thank you for your support!


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