April 28, 29, 30 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2017 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos

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Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard Demonstration Team

Cavalry Demos

Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division will demonstrate the mounted saber and pistol assault course using 1860s light cavalry sabers, 1873 colt single action pistol and carbine.

Friday, April 28

1:40-2:00

Coliseum

Saturday, April 29

1:40-2:00

Coliseum

Sunday, April 30

11:00-11:25

Coliseum


History of the Army Horse Soldier and the US Cavalry
Sergeant First Class Nathan Banninger

Friday, April 28 

12:00-12:55

DNR Building (Lecture)

Saturday, April 29

  2:00-2:55 

DNR Building (Lecture)


Encampment

On lawn in front of DNR Building near corner of Judson and Nelson


CGMCG will present the colors at PRCA Rodeo Performances

Friday, April 28

7:15

Coliseum

Saturday, April 29

7:15

Coliseum

Sunday, April 30

3:15

Coliseum


1ID Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard

The First Infantry Division (1ID) Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard (CGMCG) is a ceremonial, active duty unit supporting 1ID, Fort Riley and the US Army in parades, ceremonies, and cavalry demonstrations. The CGMCG is one of only seven active equestrian units in the Army.

The mission of the CGMCG is unique because Fort Riley was the home of the US Army Cavalry School. The CGMCG helps to continue the historic tradition of the mounted cavalry through demonstrations and community engagement activities. The CGMCG supports Fort Riley and 1ID with over 150 events each year throughout the country. 2017 is a significant year for the CGMCG because of its participation in events celebrating the First Infantry Division’s 100th Birthday as it was the first division created in the Army to support WWI. The CGMCG will participate in the Chicago Memorial Day Parade, Sheridan Wyoming Rodeo Association Opening Ceremony and Parade, WWI Centennial Celebration at the WWI Museum, Regional and National Cavalry Competitions, and countless additional regional and local events from the elementary school through the collegiate level in 2017. The CGMCG has also successfully participated in four of the last five Presidential Inaugural Parades.

The CGMCG is a distinctive mounted unit utilizing historically accurate 19th century equipment and uniforms. Light blue wool pants and navy wool coats are worn reflecting the appropriate ranks with yellow stripes and chevrons. The CGMCG wears cavalry hats, commonly referred to as Stetsons, and black leather riding boots. All horses in the CGMCG are bay colored mustangs or quarter-horses with two notable exceptions: the Commander’s horse and the guidon bearer’s horse are off-color as per tradition. The feature which most distinguishes the CGMCG from other mounted units is the inclusion of an 1871 covered escort wagon in the formation. The wagon is an original, restored wagon that was used to bring rations and ammunition to resupply cavalry troopers on the battlefield in the western frontier.

The Soldiers of the Mounted Color Guard are Fort Riley Soldiers on a two year assignment. They represent all military jobs and ranks. Though some Soldiers arrive with significant horse experience, many have no experience. A rigorous 30-day training program ensures that all Soldiers in the CGMCG are expert horsemen prior to participation in public events.


 

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