The Omaha Mounted Foundation (OMF) was started in 2019 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) to support the Omaha Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit. With a limited City budget, the Foundation serves to raise the funds needed to help support the horses in the Unit. 100% of the donations accepted by the OMF go back to the Unit in the form of animals, tack, alternative therapies, barn equipment, transportation needs and any other requirements of the Unit.
The OMF works with the Unit to search for additional horses to add to the current herd as well as promoting the work of the Omaha Mounted Patrol Unit in the community. We are always looking for great horses to become police horses!
Our Board is made up of committed volunteers from the Omaha community who are passionate about the Mounted Patrol Unit and its important role to supporting the City of Omaha. We look forward to getting out into the community and meeting you!
The Omaha Mounted Patrol was the brainchild of two community leaders - Mayor P.J. Morgan and businessman, Donovan Ketzler. It began as a part-time unit with two officers and two donated horses. It proved so successful that it gained permanent status in 1990.
Since 1989, the Omaha Mounted Patrol has performed all aspects of police work from horseback. The Patrol serves in the capacity of crowd control, traffic stops and making arrests. They work throughout the city, particularly in the Old Market and Riverfront area and can be seen at large events like the College World Series, concerts and festivals. With a vantage point of eight feet or more, mounted officers are equal to seven to ten officers on foot.
The Omaha Mounted Patrol Unit houses twelve to fourteen horses on average and includes six officers, one Sergeant and a civilian barn manager.
Since 2005, the Unit has been housed in a state of the art facility built by ConAgra Foods adjacent to their downtown Omaha campus. The Patrol barn at 615 Leavenworth includes a heated indoor training area, outdoor arena, 15 stalls, tack room, classroom, locker rooms, offices and a heated garage area for the Patrol's two trucks and trailers.
Carol is a native Texan but has called Omaha, Nebraska since 1985. She graduated from Oklahoma Christian University and St Anthony Hospital School of Medical Technology. She was certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a medical technologist. Since 2017, Carol served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the International Omaha Jumping and Dressage competition and World Cup Finals. She has also been an active volunteer with Women's Ministry Leader at Southwest Church of Christ, President of Oklahoma Christian University Alumni Board and President of Leawood Southwest Homeowner Association. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board of Nebraska State Recycling Association. Carol, and her husband Rick, are avid lovers of outdoor adventure. They enjoy summers in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming in their log cabin and spending time with their grandchildren, Carol is devoted to her horse, Punk, who is much more than a horse to her.
Kerry Heinrich is currently the Director, Marketing Communications for WoodmenLife. Heinrich earned her Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1993. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Northwestern University. She is an accredited public relations professional, earning her APR designation in 2001. An active community member, Heinrich currently serves as the President of the Nebraska Kidney Association and as a director on the board of CHAD. She was honored as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Omahans” in 2000 and as one of The Midland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2005. In her free time, Heinrich enjoys cooking, reading, working out, traveling, and spending time with her dog.
Dr. Michael Thomassen was born and raised in Atkinson, NE. He attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He then attended Kansas State University and graduated with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Thomassen joined Nebraska Equine Veterinary Clinic in June 2007 as an associate veterinarian. His medical knowledge, attention to detail and personality allow him to be a successful clinician and help him relate to clients. He is a member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association and holds veterinary licenses in both Nebraska and Iowa. Dr. Thomassen is married to Dr. Miranda Thomassen, who is a small animal veterinarian in Omaha. They have three sons; Conner, Nolan, and Emmett as well as two daughters; Madelyn and Blaire
Julie brings both a business background and equine experience to our Board. Upon receiving her degree in Accounting from Illinois State University, she spent a decade working in public accounting and healthcare. Julie left her career behind to raise her three sons returning to the workforce later to manage a busy equine veterinary practice in Washington state.
Julie moved to Omaha with her family in 2016 and enjoys cooking, playing golf and piano in her spare time.
Jackie is First Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations Director at American National Bank overseeing brand development, community awareness, marketing strategies and growth initiatives. Jackie graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy N.Y. with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. Jackie worked for 20 years in Washington, D.C., in the event management industry as Director of Special Events for Courtesy Associates/Smith Bucklin orchestrating corporate and association events throughout North America. Prior, she was Director of Operations for the Presidential Yacht Trust managing all official and client events, as well as sponsorship marketing for the former Presidential Yacht Sequoia including two eight-month, 7,000-mile national goodwill voyages around the eastern seaboard and Mississippi River. In 2013, Jackie joined the Omaha Equestrian Foundation and was instrumental in conceptualizing and creating the educational experience at the annual International Omaha and World Cup Finals in 2017.