Horse Cavalry Detachment
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The 1st Cavalry Division, a major subordinate command of the US Third Mobile Armored Corps, is a 19,000 soldier, heavy armored division stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. As one of the two "on-call" heavy contingency force divisions of the Army, the First Team has an on-order mission to deploy by sea, air or land to any part of the world on a short notice. The following narratives, divided in timeline eras of major operational missions, describes the threat environment, tactical conditions, evolution of equipment technology and the strategic methodology employed by one of its assigned units, the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment. It contributes to the successful missions enhancement of the warring organization of the 1st Cavalry Division and the honors they achieved are summarized in the chapters that follow.


The mission of the Horse Cavalry Detachmnet is composed of three elements.


The Horse Cavalry Detachment is committed to professionally and safely representing the history, pageantry, and traditions of the US Cavalry of the Indian Wars Era. Every trooper is hand-picked and tested prior to acceptance into the unit. Great pride is taken in the ability to maintain current standards of military discipline while preserving the unique skills and traditions of the horse-mounted cavalry of an era gone by.

Organizational Summary:

The Horse Cavalry Detachment of the 1st Cavalry Division , based at Ft. Hood, Texas, is one of seven mounted cavalry units on active duty in the United States Army. The Detachment's representation of the US Cavalry from the Indian Wars period makes it unique amongst those units.

The Horse Detachment Barn is manned by at least one soldier 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visitors are welcome to stop by and take a tour of the facilities at any time.

The Detachment participates in both formal and informal parades and reviews, provides VIP tours for distiguished guests of the 1st Cavalry Division, makes a variety of appearences designed to inform or amuse the public. Since its inception in 1972, the Detachment has appeared in 3 Presidential Inaugural Parades, six Tournament of Roses Parades, the 1984 World's Fair, and literally thousands of state and local fairs, parades, and rodeos.

The signature performance of the Horse Detachment is a 30-minute mounted drill and weapons demonstration that provides a thrilling exhibition of the skill and precision required of a trooper while mounted. It includes drill maneuvers at the walk, trot, and gallop followed by demonstrations of the use of the Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber, M1873 Colt Revolver (commonly known as "the Peacemaker"), and the M1873 Springfield Trapdoor-Model Carbine. The The Demonstration Team of the Detachment arrives on-site complete with eleven troopers and mounts, a muleskinner and swamper with mule team, an M1878 Escort Wagon, an M1841 Light Mountain Howitzer, and a dedicated ground support staff. No outside personnel or equipment is required in order to conduct the demonstrations.

Horse Cavalry Detachment Demonstration

The above video of the Horse Cavalry Detachment was taken during one of their recent preformances of drills, precision riding skills and equipment use at the Houston Rodeo.

The Detachment is flexible and can adjust its performances to create almost any effect. The unit requires an area about the size of a football field for its mounted cavalry demonstrations. There is no charge for any appearance of the Detachment. However, operating costs and travel expenses must be covered by the requesting organization whenever the Detachment is asked to travel more than one day to reach and return from a performance. For performances conducted within one-day trips from Ft. Hood, meals must be provided by the requesting organization.

Horse Cavalry Detachment - 4th of July Celebration


Features of the various capabilities within the Horse Cavalry Detachment cover the following functions:

For additional information, contact the Horse Cavalry Detachment at:

PBX (254) 287-6307 or (254) 287-2229
FAX (254) 288-0405

This folio of material highlights of the many subsequent historical critical missions performed by members of the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment Band, whose actions, and operations over its 37 years history at and the honors they achieved are summarized in the following sections:

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