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Benefit event will help UNLV’s four-legged enforcers

Officer Stephani Preston and her partner Pride. Why not help ‘em out?
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October 27, 9 a.m., UNLV track.
There is one more opportunity for advance registration at a reduced price. The UNLV Mounted Unit will appear from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., October 26, at the Atomic Testing Museum (755 E. Flamingo Road), where in-person registration will be $15/one event or $25 for both. Day-of registration is $25/one event or $45/both (spectators free).

At UNLV or Sam Boyd Stadium, you might have encountered four-legged enforcers Rebel and Pride and their two-legged partners, Metro Police officers Laura Silva and Stephani Preston. The mounted unit is one of the only ones in the country dedicated to protecting and serving a university, though the impact of their work goes far beyond UNLV.

The horses are key to educational outreach that spreads goodwill between citizens and law enforcement, not to mention inspiring young people. But upkeep is expensive, and support from the greater community helps ensure the unit’s future. Show your love this Saturday at the third annual Run for the Horses. The family- and pet-friendly benefit offers a 5K fun run or 1-mile obstacle course (or both), plus prizes, snacks, a costume contest, entertainment by DJ Will and appearances by the equine guests of honor.

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