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Flying W Farms Undercover  #133

aka Sherman the Police Horse

Owner Taya Workum


   View the photos from the 2007 Equine Affaire 

 USDF All-Breeds Final Awards Winner 2007 Adult Amateur


These two have won numerous awards and honors in years past. We are so proud of this pair!


Subject: Sherm and Seamus 2011
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012
From: TAYA

Here is the year-end wrap-up for "the boys".

Sherman: Most of his year involved working. We spent 2 weekends in May as well as Halloween weekend in Athens, Ohio for the block parties and annual Halloween bash. No major incidents- some crowd control and such, but by-and-large easy event. He also spent most of a week at Jamboree in the Hills again this year. He was fabulous- working 8-12 hour shifts (with short breaks). There was a horrible accident involving one of the other officer's horses and I jumped off to assist- throwing his reins at my partner. About 4 hours later, I saw him again- he had stood quietly while all heck was breaking loose, then didn't bat an eye when a strange officer jumped on him, ran him down to the entrance, and escorted a vet truck into the grounds. He then stood a bit longer and then another strange officer jumped on, and rode him back to camp. Such a good boy. The other event he worked was a very large music event- "Rover-Fest" that was extremely loud and involved working in rather close quarters. As usual, he took it all in stride- breaking up a fight or two and standing quietly during the fireworks and other nonsense.


Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Photos of Taya and "Sherman" last weekend at Palmer Fest. We go back this weekend for Mill Fest and Spring Fest. They are large block parties that can get very out of hand.


Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008
Subject: Pictures from NAPEC

 Here are 2 pictures a friend took while we were at the North American Police equestrian Championships at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. One is after we received our top ten medal (6th place actually)  and the other is standing at the Fort Henry sign. I haven't had a chance to get the professional pics ordered yet, but will forward them along when they arrive.

 Taya (and Sherman)

Sherman 2008

August 2007

Lake County Fair Parade:
  We parked at the fairgrounds, then walk the parade route backwards to the start, then parade back. The parade route is down a busy street (State Route 20) and we only get one lane on the way to the start- we have traffic going the same direction as us passing, plus oncoming. Sherm's a pro at traffic- he actually got moved fromthe curb side to the traffic side because he is so solid. We have to pass over the freeway, and a set of RR tracks. Sherm didn't bat an eye on the way over. During the parade on the way back, one of the other horses absolutely lost his marbles over the RR tracks. He reared twice, bolted, and was generally a dangerous idiot. Sherm was hilarious- he looked at that horse, looked down at the tracks and deliberately stepped on them and looked at the other horse as if to say- "what's the fuss?". Such a good boy... He is a remarkably tractable horse- just says "ok".The look he gave the other horse was priceless. Wish I had it on
camera. Taya

Flying W Farms Undrcover competing at Prix De Ville in July 2007

Rider/Owner/Trainer/Co-Worker, Taya Workum


Sherman competes against 100 horses and wins the Blue!

Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006
Subject: Sherman
Sherman and I won the Equitation Competition at the National Mounted Police Colloquium in Lexington back in late August? There were just under 100 horses and we took the blue! I was very proud of him!    Taya


Sherman,(Flying W Farms Undercover) Georgian Grande  police horse, did fabulous for his first ever mini-trial in the Green Horse division and came in 1st place!  Not to mention that he pounded the pavement on patrol at the Willoughby Community Days for 10 hours the day before the mini-trial!  And this boy goes barefoot! (WOW! talk about a work ethic!)


Scroll down, going back in time to read all about this pair.
Flying W Farms Undercover ("aka Sherman")IGGHR#133
sire Firedance(saddlebred)  dam Bloomfield Heather (clydesdale)
with the trophy and ribbon he won for distinguished service to humankind, 2002

May 20, 2003
I wanted to thank you so much for the beautiful ribbon and trophy! I have attached a photo of myself and "Sherman" (now renamed Flying W Farms Undercover!) with the trophy and ribbon he won for Distinguished Service Award 2002; BTW- I met Sonya- Tropee's mom- this past weekend. We chatted for quite awhile and I hope to trailer Sherman over to her farm for an FWF reunion! Also, Gail and Jose Reveron were the judges for our Mounted Police Competition this past Sunday (Sherm and I were 4th). They said they have 2 Georgian Grandes who are headed to somewhere in California to become part of a Mounted Patrol. Great horses! Taya W.


Saddlebred / Clydesdale cross


Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 

Subject: Sherman

Just a quick update on Sherman. He is doing wonderfully- he worked the Geauga County Fair for three days- 
kids all over him, rides, noises, demolition derby- never took a wrong step. He did a 15 mile trail ride (his very

first trail ride)- no problem- under overpasses with cars roaring above, nthrough creeks, across roads. And just 
this past Sunday he did his first parade. He did it by himself (the other horses did not come) and he followed
a team of young oxen and a choir of bagpipes. Behind us there were all the fire engines and ambulances with
 lights and sirens going. Oh, and it was sleeting. Hecould not have cared less. What a really nice horse he is
turning out to be!


From: Taya Workum

Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 1:54 PM

Subject: RE: Sherman 

Sherman is now an  official police horse. He has the title of "Patrolhorse"

for the department  I work for (Willoughby Hills Police Department). The kids adore him, and he seems to take 
everything in stride. I have attached a pic of him (and me) from last month.Sherman will have an article about
 him in the paper here in Cleveland (The News-Herald) next Tuesday. (June 11, 2002)He stands a full 16.3hh now,
 and does not seem to be done growing. He still has not broadened out- all his energy seems to be towards height 
still! I took him to the National Mounted Police Colloquium in Lexington, KY last August. He had just turned 3, 
and we took 5th out of 60 some in the Equitation division. Pretty impressive since I really had not been working

with him- just letting him grow up. We had really not cantered undersaddle until the competition- and we had to
 go numerous times around the big covered arena each direction during the prelims. He did great! Then, in

the Finals, he had to canter from the halt in each direction. The first direction, he took two trot steps, then 
cantered (correctly), and the second direction he struck off correctly from the halt. Smart Boy!

I plan to take him back to Kentucky this year, perhaps we will do even

better...  I need to develop some more pics- but here is one during the Obstacle

Course Competition at  Lexington this past year (3 year old).

Hope you enjoy the pictures!


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