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New Vancouver police horse named

More than 4,000 people voted in an online poll to name the four-year-old horse from a shortlist of Juno, Vimy, Justice and Mason.

More than 4,000 people voted to name the horse

New horse is joining ranks of Vancouver Police's mounted unit. 0:31

The newest member of the Vancouver police mounted unit finally has a name.

More than 4,000 people voted in an online poll to name the four-year-old horse from a shortlist of Juno, Vimy, Justice and Mason. 

"The name Mason was by far the most popular — the horse's original name when he was acquired by the VPD," the police said in a statement. 

The young horse passed his assessment with flying colours earlier this month and will now begin proper training.

The new horse is the first to be acquired by the VPD since 2012, when two horses were purchased in the aftermath of the Stanley Cup riot.

The riot saw downtown Vancouver torn apart in the summer of 2011, after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup.

Const. Darcy Henkel, who is responsible for training new police horses at the VPD's Stanley Park police stables, said Mason is very curious.

"Nothing bugs him. He should have a long, great career."

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