NAPEC Secretary Rick Pelicano, Frederick MD, is a retired Captain from the Maryland National Capital Park Police. Having served 36 years with the department, Rick has been traiinng police horses as well as civilians for over 40 years now. He was a monted unit supervisor, and Commander of the Special Operations Division; firearms and defensive tactics instructor; Public Information Officer and Assistant Chief. Rick has a Bachelors Degree from University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Hays Univesity, KS.
Rick published two horse training books from Tragfalgar Press titled Bombproof Your Horse and Better Than Bombproof offering training advice to civilians to de-sensitize their horse. Rick also offered mounted police clinics to civilians. Rick has been competing in NAPEC (formerly Police Equestrian Championships) since 1983. He was NAPEC Equitation Champion in 1990 and 2004.
In Fall 2002, Rick participated in Tournament, a reality documentary produced by Wall to Wall TV Ltd. for the Discovery Channel. The 2-hour televised adventure, airing March 2003, put Rick and three other knights-in-training to the test, staging real-life jousting battles of the Middle Ages. The all-to-period jousting contest mirrored knight training and tournaments conducted some 350 years ago in Europe. Rick won the tournament.
The next time you view Tom Cruise’s futuristic film Minority Report, you just might catch a glimpse of Rick Pelicano. In the film’s first fifteen minutes, Rick is captured with another mounted officer before the movies Pre Crime Unit makes an arrest.
Rick is a American Riding Instructor Association (ARIA) LEVEL 3 Mounted Patrol Training Officer and ARIA Instructor of the Year 1995.