A woman has had her dying wish of smelling and seeing a horse one last time granted by the NSW Mounted Police.

75-year-old Rita Meredith (nee Browning) was greeted by NSW Mounted Police horses Hollywood and Don at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospice, from their base at Redfern.

In her 20s, Rita was a police officer in the UK, and went on to become one of the first female mounted police officers in the world.

Unfortunately, she is not expected to leave the hospice facility.

Rita, who is seeing out her extraordinary life at a hospital in the NSW Hunter, wanted one last wish; to meet some…

Posted by NSW Police Force on Tuesday, 9 March 2021

“Rita’s friend Lorna contacted the Mounted unit of the NSW police and they came through with her last wish. They travelled all the way to Newcastle today to see Rita and make her wish come true,” Rita’s daughter-in-law Emily Sykes wrote on Facebook.

“Police officers Graham and Nicole were accompanied by the very handsome Hollywood and Don and they sure made Rita’s day (and all the staff that were awestruck!)


“They were amazingly patient, answered all our questions and let Rita (and the rest of us) pat them and feed them apples. There were plenty of tears shed and beautiful memories made.

“I cannot thank the NSW police for making this happen. You have made this lovely ladies wish come true and did it with such professionalism, respect and grace.”

What a beautiful story!