Members of Baltimore Mounted Police receive Klinger Award


Baltimore, MD – Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the City of Baltimore are proud to announce that Sergeant Russell Robar and his equine partner, ‘Big D’ (Dino), of the Baltimore City Mounted Police Unit will receive the 6th annual distinguished Klinger Award at the 60th Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on Friday evening, October 26 at the Capital One Arena in D.C. The Klinger Perpetual Award for Honor & Service recognizes a horse, individual or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by ‘Klinger’, the first equine recipient for which this award was created in 2013 for his service to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon, U.S. Presidents and military veterans.

‘Big D’ and Sergeant Robar were selected to receive the 2018 Klinger Award, because of their continuous service each year to over 170 Baltimore communities, including youth outreach and educational programs about the importance of serving in the line of duty. “The City of Baltimore is very proud of Sergeant Robar and ‘Big D’ as well as the entire Mounted Police Unit,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, “This venerable unit of our Police Department continues to play an important role in providing crowd control services for major City events, strengthening community relations and promoting outreach to our young people. We are grateful to the EQUUS Foundation for this wonderful recognition.”

“We would like to thank the EQUUS Foundation and the Stephens Family for selecting our Mounted Unit to receive the Klinger Award. The Baltimore Police Department is proud to have the oldest continuously operated Mounted Unit in the country. Throughout the year, our Mounted Unit can be seen at parades, festivals, and on patrol in neighborhoods across the city,” said Gary Tuggle, Interim Police Commissioner.

As award recipients, Sergeant Robar and ‘Big D’ may select an equine charity to receive a $750 grant matched by a $750 donation from the Stephens family. The First Mile Stable Charitable Foundation was selected to receive the donation as a contribution towards the new $2.5 million home currently being constructed on the grounds of the B&O Railroad Museum for the entire Baltimore City Mounted Police Unit, currently housed in a former car dealership building beneath the Jones Falls Expressway. Not only will this new facility provide state-of-the-art shelter and accommodations for the unit, it will offer educational programs for students and members of the community. First Mile Stables received its name as it will be located along the first commercial mile of railroad tracks ever laid in America.

After Sergeant Robar and ‘Big D’ receive the 2018 Klinger Award at the WIHS, the B&O Railroad Museum will honor them for a celebration day at the Museum, where they will be formally acknowledged for their service achievement and where citizens of Baltimore, especially families and supporters, can personally meet and congratulate them for their accomplishments.

“We are honored that Baltimore’s Mounted Police Unit will soon make their home in the First Mile Stables,” said Kris Hoellen, B&O Executive Director, “We are looking forward to having “Big D” at the Museum so everyone can meet and support him, Sergeant Robar and the whole Mounted Police Unit.”

The Klinger Award is presented by EQUUS Foundation with the support from The Stephens Family.

About Baltimore City Police

The BPD is the 8th largest municipal police force in the United States, staffed by nearly 3,100 civilian and sworn personnel. The Department’s jurisdiction covers Maryland’s largest city, with a population of 614,000.

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events attracting more than 26,000 spectators annually to Washington, D.C., for Olympic-level competition plus community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders arrive from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC, the $25,000 Puissance high jump and $50,000 Speed Final on Military Night and Kids’ Day, a free, fun and educational community event. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C.

About B&O Railroad Museum™, a full affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy. The Museum is home to the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment.  The 40-acre historic site is regarded as the birthplace of American Railroading and includes the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse and first mile of commercial railroad track in America. For further information on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, please call 410-752-2490 or visit