Horses, Hops & Cops Event Cancelled Due to Weather Forecast
There’s still an opportunity to meet the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales
NEW ORLEANS, LA. February 18, 2019 – The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Budweiser announced today the cancellation of the 8th annual Horses, Hops and Cops fundraiser due to the wet weather forecast.
However, the public will still have many chances to meet the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales and the N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit horses:
1. The VIP Experience Tour is still on. Guests who purchase a ticket will enjoy a private, guided tour on Wednesday, February 20, at 3:30pm. Tickets are on sale at www.bidpal.net/LHF.
2. The public is invited to visit the N.O.P.D Horse Stables, located at 1021 Harrison Avenue in New Orleans City Park, at scheduled times during the week for unguided tours. Donations will be encouraged. There will not be any food or beverages available; these hours will strictly be dedicated times for the public to visit the horses:
a. Tuesday, February 19 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm
b. Thursday, February 21 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm
c. Friday, February 22 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm
d. Saturday, February 23, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Raffle tickets are still on sale for a chance to win a ride for two on the Budweiser Clydesdale wagon on Mardi Gras Day in the Krewe of Argus (winner and guest must be 21 or older – food, drink and throws are provided.) The drawing will be held on Wednesday, February 20, at 8:00pm. Winner need not be present. Tickets are on sale now at www.bidpal.net/LHF.
“We are terribly disappointed to have to cancel this event for the first time ever,” said Jennifer Kelley, executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. “It is such a hard decision to make, but we take public safety very seriously. We hope that guests will be able to stop by during one of the new scheduled tour times and may consider making a small donation to help us continue to support the N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit’s new breeding program.”
Any proceeds raised this week will support the N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit’s horse breeding program. The N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit is a vital resource in helping deter criminal activity in the City of New Orleans, especially its hospitality district.
“The Mounted Division is our most versatile unit of the New Orleans Police Department particularly at large public events such as Mardi Gras,” said Superintendent Shaun D. Ferguson. “The unit provides ‘high visibility patrol’ and plays an important role in our crime-fighting efforts. That’s why this event is vital to ensuring our department can continue the program well into the future.”
Local partners who are helping to make this fundraiser successful include Southern Eagle Sales and Service, Premier Automotive, Tabasco, PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, Coca-Cola, Hancock Whitney, NOLA Protection, Camellia Beans, Reinhart Foodservice, Lucky Dogs Inc., New Orleans Magazine, Magic 101.9 FM, B-97 FM, Bayou 95.7 FM, Hot 92.9 FM, WWL AM, New Orleans Harley Davidson, T.A. Dowd Brokerage, Horn’s Eatery, Slim Goodie’s Diner, Caire Restaurant Supply, Event Producers, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Pat Farrell’s Famous Smoked Chicken, Dathel & Tommy Coleman, Dickie Brennan & Co., Horn Medical, Wyndham French Quarter Hotel, and Perfect Picture Photo Booth.