April 26, 27, 28 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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Minnesota Horse Council
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2019 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos
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Established in 1992, the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard provides a link to Fort Riley's historic past. Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in the uniforms, accoutrements and equipment of the Civil War period. Soldiers are detailed from the ranks of units assigned to Fort Riley and receive instruction from manuals used by Civil War cavalrymen.

From privates to officers, these men and women recreate the colorful spectacle of the American Horse Soldier. The Minnesota Horse Expo is proud to have the CGMCG demonstrate their horsemanship in a daily Coliseum presentation, provide the Color Guard at the rodeos, set up a replica encampment and present Cavalry History at our three-day event.

The mounted demonstration is an exhibition of skill and precision required of a cavalry horse soldier. It includes various drills using the 1861 Cavalry Light Saber, .45-caliber revolver and the 1873 Remington .45-caliber lever action repeater rifle. The demonstrations require an area 150 feet by 200 feet.

The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard represents Fort Riley and the U.S. Army in a highly professional and polished display of cavalry horsemanship and military tradition. They portray the U.S. Cavalry as they appeared in mid to late 19th century.

Soldiers in the CGMCG are assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.

1871 Army Escort Wagon

 The U.S. Cavalry Museum donated an 1871 Army Escort Wagon to the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard in 2001.

 According to our records, this wagon came to Fort Riley from Fort Knox. The hardware of the wagon is 98 percent original. However, when the unit received the wagon, much of the wood was rotten and decayed.

 Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard Soldiers, along with a wagon company, restored the wagon to its current condition.

 The box is constructed of red oak while the undercarriage and wheels are constructed of white oak.

 While the escort wagons were not equipment common to a cavalry unit, they were highly sought after to transport the cavalry's beans and bullets.

 The wagon serves as a reminder of the contributions of the combat service support roles played by the quartermaster corps and other logistical units whose contributions are recognized as an essential element and combat multiplier on the battle fields today.

 The mule team and wagon will also be a part of the presentations at the Minnesota Horse Expo.

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