Norwich University Cavalry Troop

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Laurelhighland Stardust (Ziggy) enjoying some time with a few dedicated band members who helped with parade training tod...
10/05/2023

Laurelhighland Stardust (Ziggy) enjoying some time with a few dedicated band members who helped with parade training today.

This past weekend prospective students and families from all around came to Norwich University for Open House.We present...
10/03/2023

This past weekend prospective students and families from all around came to Norwich University for Open House.
We presented the Norwich University Cavalry Troop by executing saber arcs, horse drill, and Cav Scouts demonstrations. Following the end, the prospective students had the opportunity to ride the horses, and try out the sabers.
We look forward to the next Open House.

Veho Ferreus!

Introducing Trooper Menon; the training sergeant and the Troop’s first squad leader. C/SSG Menon is Army contracted and ...
09/29/2023

Introducing Trooper Menon; the training sergeant and the Troop’s first squad leader. C/SSG Menon is Army contracted and plans on commissioning upon graduation in 2025.
C/SSG Menon’s hope for the troop is develop future leaders, professionals, and horsemen; as well as to teach and assist on cavalry scout knowledge and tactics.
C/SSG Menon’s advice for trainees is to value each minute of your time at Norwich. Time will fly, so take the initiative!

This past weekend was Alumni Weekend; where Norwich Alumni from all years come back to the Hill to commemorate. The Norw...
09/29/2023

This past weekend was Alumni Weekend; where Norwich Alumni from all years come back to the Hill to commemorate. The Norwich University Cavalry Troop had the honor of performing at various events across the campus, including the Alumni marchdown and home football game.

Veho Ferreus!

09/20/2023
We would like to Congratulate the following Troopers…As of 09/15/2023 Trooper Solidaire (C/2LT) and Trooper Smith (C/CSM...
09/19/2023

We would like to Congratulate the following Troopers…As of 09/15/2023 Trooper Solidaire (C/2LT) and Trooper Smith (C/CSM) had their AFROTC branch night for Detachment 867 at Norwich University, where they found their Job would be upon commissioning in the U.S. Air Force.

C/2LT Solidaire got his first choice in the 17X Cyberspace Operations. C/2LT Solidaire is a CSIA major with a concentration in Digital Forensics. C/2LT Solidaire AFROTC experience includes 2022 Field Training. NUCC experience: C/2LT Training OIC Provisional Battalion

C/CSM Smith got his first choice in the Security Forces. C/CSM Smith is an International Studies major with a minor in French with a concentration in Aerospace Studies. C/CSM Smith’s AFROTC experiences include Candidate Training Assistant for 2023 Air Force Field Training, Squadron Member training officer, Arnold Air Society Lt. Col. Earle W. Kelly Squadron.
NUCC experience: CSM Provisional Battalion, Pipe SGT NU Pipes & Drums, SGT MCW, Honor Committee adjudicator.
Professional experience with NU: Military Exchange at Ecole Spéciale Militaire de St. Cyr Coëtquidan, France.

As Cavalry Training starts off for the 2023-2024 training class, the first Cav Scouts lesson is implemented into trainin...
09/18/2023

As Cavalry Training starts off for the 2023-2024 training class, the first Cav Scouts lesson is implemented into training, where the trainees were taught basic Cav Scout drills and tactics by their training instructors.

Introducing Trooper Parker; the PSG and Training NCO for the Cavalry Training Class of 2023/2024. C/SFC Parker will grad...
09/15/2023

Introducing Trooper Parker; the PSG and Training NCO for the Cavalry Training Class of 2023/2024. C/SFC Parker will graduate with the class of 2025 and aim to join the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Systems Program.

C/SFC Parker’s hope for the troop is for it to continue to grow and create future professionals, leaders, and horsemen.

C/SFC Parker’s advice for prospective trainees is to expect hardships and failure at Norwich, but to use each experience as a stepping stone in growing and prospering as a leader, and an individual.

This years Demo Day was a success!We had a chance to show what we do in the Norwich University Cavalry Troop to the rook...
09/09/2023

This years Demo Day was a success!

We had a chance to show what we do in the Norwich University Cavalry Troop to the rooks and international cadets. Demo Day consisted of an introduction to Cav scouts, a saber demonstration, horse drill demonstration, and a vaulting demonstration. We then had the rooks and international cadets have a chance to try out sabers through the instruction of our Troopers. They were taught the basic commands, and those who wanted to take it to the next level had the chance to compete in holding the saber at "arc" the longest. Following the end of our demonstration, rooks who wanted to, had a chance to do a cav scout run through themselves, and those interested could sign up as a trainee for Cavalry Troop training.

Veho Ferreus!

Let's rewind back to FTX week for the2023-2024 Cavalry Troop prospects... Over the course of a week, Troopers taught the...
09/09/2023

Let's rewind back to FTX week for the
2023-2024 Cavalry Troop prospects... Over the course of a week, Troopers taught the prospects through instructed lessons of basic Cavalry Troop knowledge, as well as an introduction to cav scouts, land navigation; in the classroom and in the field, where they had the chance to work with their prospect siblings like real life scenarios.
Then learned the basics tacking up the horse, and riding lessons, saber training, marching, and basic preparation for rookdom. We have high expectations and standards for this year.

Veho Ferreus!

My name is Trooper Ross and I will be the Barn Training Master Sergeant for the 2023/2024 Training Class. I am a Junior,...
09/07/2023

My name is Trooper Ross and I will be the Barn Training Master Sergeant for the 2023/2024 Training Class. I am a Junior, member of the Class of 2025, and working towards earning two majors.

My hope is to train the incoming trainees to be be honorable and dutiful both inside and outside of training.

My advice for incoming prospective trainees is to center yourself when things get hard because going through the tough times, whether by yourself or with your training siblings, is what builds character.

This past weekend, the Norwich University Cavalry Troop class of 2026 competed in the annual Corporal Derby to earn thei...
09/05/2023

This past weekend, the Norwich University Cavalry Troop class of 2026 competed in the annual Corporal Derby to earn their Stetsons.

My name is Trooper McClain and I am the Training Master Sergeant for the Cavalry Training Class of 2023/2024. I graduate...
09/01/2023

My name is Trooper McClain and I am the Training Master Sergeant for the Cavalry Training Class of 2023/2024. I graduate in 2025 and will commission into the U.S. Army following graduating from Norwich.

I joined the Cavalry Troop to learn a new skill set as well as learn more about the Troop’s history & tradition. My hope for the Troop is that we will be able to do more events and showcase what we have to offer to the school, as well as bond as a Troop!

My advice for prospective trainees is to do put in 100% in everything you do and make every minute of your experience at Norwich worthwhile.

08/23/2023
08/14/2023
The first day of the Cavalry FTX is complete.
08/14/2023

The first day of the Cavalry FTX is complete.

I am Cadet 2LT Maharaj and I am in charge of the Tack Room. I am a senior this year and will commission as a 2LT in the ...
08/12/2023

I am Cadet 2LT Maharaj and I am in charge of the Tack Room. I am a senior this year and will commission as a 2LT in the United States Army. I joined the Cavalry Troop to join the rich history and culture of the Troop. My advice for incoming freshmen is to try everything out and don’t settle for less.

Hello, my name is Bryce Shafer, and I will be the Troop Platoon Leader this year. My freshman year I joined the Cavalry ...
08/05/2023

Hello, my name is Bryce Shafer, and I will be the Troop Platoon Leader this year. My freshman year I joined the Cavalry Troop for a new experience in horsemanship, and I believe the experiences that I’ve had with my fellow troopers have made me a better individual because of it. You’ll hear a lot of wisdom from those before you, and what I would say is to ask questions; Make yourself knowledgeable in your subject matter and use it to help those around you. In this environment you will succeed together, or fail together.

My name is Frentzhermann Solidaire and this year I am a Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2LT) and the Troop's Training Officer...
07/30/2023

My name is Frentzhermann Solidaire and this year I am a Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2LT) and the Troop's Training Officer in Charge. I am in the senior class of 2024 and upon graduation will commission into the United States Air Force. I joined the Cavalry Troop for the right to wear a Stetson on horseback and become a part of its rich tradition. My hope for the Troop is to see its presence on the Hill continue to expand and evolve through a myriad of events hosted on campus in the coming years. My advice for all incoming prospects is to academically, physically, and mentally apply yourself in all that you do.

I am Cadet Captain Samantha McCullough.  I was awarded a National Army ROTC scholarship and I am a History major who wil...
07/25/2023

I am Cadet Captain Samantha McCullough. I was awarded a National Army ROTC scholarship and I am a History major who will graduate and commission into the U.S. Army in April 2024. I joined the Cavalry Troop in order to pursue my passion for horses, which I have had since a young age. I was drawn to the Cavalry Troop due to its rich history and tradition at Norwich University. As the CO for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year, it will allow me the opportunity to exude my passion for the Cavalry Troop. I look forward to a fun and exciting year, and along with the leadership team that is currently in place, my expectation is to grow and develop the Troop.

My name is Katie Connolly and I am the Troop’s First Sergeant. I am a junior, class of 2025 and I went through Cavalry t...
07/20/2023

My name is Katie Connolly and I am the Troop’s First Sergeant. I am a junior, class of 2025 and I went through Cavalry training my freshmen year. My rook company encouraged freshmen to join training for one of the specialty units on the Hill. I chose Cavalry because I wanted to be on the riding team and to work with the horses on and off campus. My hope is to grow the Troop and mentor my fellow Troopers. My advice to future trainees is to stick it out. Training is not always fun, but the end result is worth it.

My name is Jalen Richardson, Cadet 1LT, Troop Executive Officer, Class of 2024. I’m from Long Island New York.  I’m PLC ...
07/14/2023

My name is Jalen Richardson, Cadet 1LT, Troop Executive Officer, Class of 2024. I’m from Long Island New York. I’m PLC contracted and will commission into the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. My hope for the troop is for our leaders and unit to grow and develop in quality by producing professionals, leaders, and horsemen. My advice for prospective trainees is that your Norwich experience is what you make of the opportunities allotted to you and your own personal initiative in obtaining your goals.

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=558959889780177&set=a.481416010867899Do you ever wonder what horses used by the NU C...
06/30/2023

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Do you ever wonder what horses used by the NU Cavalry Troop do during the summer to stay fit and ready for reviews and parades on campus? If you want horses trained for parades they need to be in parades, drilling, with sabres as often as possible. The 1st Vermont Cavalry helps to keep the Figure 8 Riding horses, staff, and students fit and ready to go! The parade horses can be seen again tomorrow, July 1, 2023 in the Brandon VT Independence Day Parade at 10:00am

I've been remiss in giving credit where due, so a big 'thank you' to the following folks who provided photos or video of the Vergennes Memorial Day Parade:

Laura Hamilton
Susan Brown
The Addison County Independent - the photo in this post

Welcome to the Cav page! I’m Trooper Wattles the Public Affairs Officer for the ‘23-‘24 year. I will be a sophomore this...
06/17/2023

Welcome to the Cav page! I’m Trooper Wattles the Public Affairs Officer for the ‘23-‘24 year. I will be a sophomore this school year, class of ‘26! I chose Calvary because I have always wanted to ride horses but as a competitive gymnast there was never time, so I decided it was time to for something new when I came to Norwich. I have not been disappointed with my decision. I am looking forward to growing the Troop and working with the new class of freshman recruits. Cav has been an amazing experience and another outlet to build friendship and work as a team - something you will need here at Norwich.

12/14/2022
The Cavalry Trainees recently completed the second phase of training consisting of excelling in a knowledge test, demons...
12/11/2022

The Cavalry Trainees recently completed the second phase of training consisting of excelling in a knowledge test, demonstrating proper horsemanship, and a 4 mile ruck to Dole Cemetery with the Cavalry Troopers. Congratulations trainees ⚔️ Forward never back.

PAO: C/CPL Righthouse

12/06/2022
*****ROLL CALL! ROLL CALL! ROLL CALL!*****     Good day to the Norwich University Cavalry Community! The Troop is please...
11/15/2022

*****ROLL CALL! ROLL CALL! ROLL CALL!*****

Good day to the Norwich University Cavalry Community! The Troop is pleased to announce a current effort to get in contact with all troopers, present and past, to establish a directory of alumni, not only to keep in contact with one another, but also to ensure every trooper is recognized for their contributions to the University and Troop as a whole. To be counted and recognized, please submit an email to [email protected] and [email protected]. Please include your name, current email address, a suitable phone number, and current hometown. This is to ensure the University and development office can build a Cavalry-specific directory that can be used to help troopers get back in contact with each other and even organize Cavalry specific events for homecoming each year! Please share this as far and wide as you can as the current records are fairly sparse and we are missing entire class years between 2004 and 2013. Finally, the troop is very excited to announce there will be a Cavalry-specific donation event for the annual NU Tag Day and all funds will be donated directly to the Troop, guraranteed. Parents, current families, and friends of the troop are also welcome to make donations and encouraged to submit information to the same email addresses above! A big thank you to you all for your comments, views, and support of the NUCC Cavalry Troop and Figure 8 Riding who we are most proud to have partnered with for the last eight years.

Very Respectfully,
-Francis Smith
NUCC Cavalry Troop
Class of 2017
Troop Sponsor
Alumni Liaison

BG W. F. Mccullough, VSM, said, "It felt good to be riding again."  He is pictured riding  Moespot Hazel, one of the NU ...
11/15/2022

BG W. F. Mccullough, VSM, said, "It felt good to be riding again." He is pictured riding Moespot Hazel, one of the NU Cavalry Mounts at the Fall Open House on campus Sat.

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Norwich University Cavalry Troop ready to meet prospective students!
Such a pleasure to have Norwich University Cavalry Troop and Figure 8 Riding on campus for NU 101!
RIP Glory you brought many smiles to many faces in your lifetime both in the UK and the USA …. A great ambassador for the Fell Pony Breed x
Hoping for demo photos!
Celebrating Norwich University 200 years
Photo by Bill Vivian Jr.
First Vermont Cavalry riders Laura Hamilton & Dr. John Aberth , who instruct the Norwich University Cavalry Troop Special thanks to Beth LaRose Vivian and Lydia for helping on the ground.
I was wondering, why does the Norwich Cavalry Troop wear those English style riding helmets instead of traditional Cavalry covers like the Texas A&M Parsons
Mounted Cavalry Troops?
(FYI, Texas A&M University’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry is posted on-line as the "only collegiate mounted cavalry unit in the nation"?)
Norwich University Cavalry Troop member c/PVT Readdick learning Mounted Self Defense at the National Mounted Police Clinic/ Bill Richey

The training included a PowerPoint presentation about the practical application on how NOT to need the self defense techniques outlined in the second part of the class. It showed us how to use common sense to avoid close contact with a possible attacker.

We then got an actual “hands on” practical class learning techniques on how to use yourself and your horse to defend against an attacker.

Photo by Morgan Quimby, Posted with permission
Norwich University Cavalry Troop member c/PVT Belle Magna working on a Mounted Sensory obstacle at the National Mounted Police Services Training with Bill Richey

Sensory obstacle training differs from physical obstacle training in that this training is the use of perceived obstructions as opposed to physical obstructions. The use of tactile obstacles, different noises, smoke, flares that produce smoke and fumes are used to present new visual, auditory, and smell challenges for the horse to overcome. Like all obstacles, they are introduced slowly, and, after proper training, are combined with the physical obstacles to improve both the rider and mounts confidence and understanding of each other.

Photo by Morgan Quimby, Posted with permission
Norwich inspired me to write a published article about 9/11
CAV Demo 2017
I am waiting for the day that Norwich takes a page from USC and has a mounted cadet lead the sports teams on to the field. After all, isn't the "symbol" a sabre weilding cadet??