The U.S. Cavalry Association will host the 2012 National Cavalry Competition at historic Fort Riley, Kansas in 19-22 September 2012. This competition is open to all horsemen who represent time periods ranging from the Mexican War to World War Two. Competition categories include:
- Military Horsemanship: Skill of rider at military equitation, including turnout of horse and rider, deportment, use of aids, gaits, riding hall movements and horse management as prescribed by U.S. Cavalry training manuals. Gaits required will be ordinary and free walks sitting and posting trot, and canter.
- Mounted Saber: Timed event, may include as many as twenty targets (heads, rings, ground targets) and negotiation of obstacles, including appropriate level jumps. Scored on elapsed time and faults (missed targets, refusals, and riding off course.)
- Mounted Pistol: Timed event, including engagement of six targets and negotiation of obstacles, which may include appropriate jumps. Scored on elapsed time and faults (missed targets, refusals, and riding off course.) Faults scored at 5 points each.
- Military Field Jumping: Skill at negotiating jumps and obstacles over a prescribed course ofplain and striped post and rails, gates and ladders on relatively flat field. Maximum height for jumps of Levels 1, 2 and 3 will be one foot six inches, two feet, and two feet six inches respectively
- Combat Horsemanship: Combat Horsemanship is open to 19th and 20th Century impressions. Horse and rider will be fully equipped for combat. Pistol, saber, and carbine or rifle (if after 1903) will be needed. Contestants carrying carbine will need a carbine sling, carbine boot, or socket. After 1903 the rifle boot is needed. Also, after 1913 the Patton saber is approved. The contestant will perform the test in front of the judge. The judging area should be a 60 meter square area, with each corner marked. No championship points are awarded for this competition. First place ribbons will be awarded to high-point scorers in Level 1 and Level 2.
- Authenticity and Historical Impression - Open to all competition entrants. Field or campaign uniform and equipment of a chosen era of the U.S. Cavalry, with saddle, tack, pack, personal items, and weapons appropriate and properly fitted. Equipment may be original or reproduction - no loaded weapons or live ammunition. Competitors should be knowledgeable about all uniform and equipment items.
- Cavalry Bugler - Open to all competition entrants. Test of buglerís ability to sound and recognize bugle calls, as well as understand buglerís duties in camp, on skirmish, and at ceremonies. Garrison uniform and equipment. Scoring as in traditional state music contests. Contestants will be grouped in three categories: 1- Superior, 2- Excellent, 3- Good. Contestants expected to contribute to camp duties during competition.
Each of the above competition area is divided by levels of competition Levels 1, 2, and 3. You will judged within your own level in which you register.
Level 1 (Novice) - Basic riding and equitation skills, including jumps up to one foot six inches; basic skill with arms (saber and pistol.)
Level 2 (Intermediate) - Intermediate riding and equitation skills, including intermediate schooling level skills over jumps (stadium and field) up to two feet; use of arms at all gaits.
Level 3 (Advanced) - Advanced riding and equitation skills, including jumps (stadium and field) up to two feet six inches; advanced level of competitive skills with arms.
Most reenactors/living historians feel that they are threatened about competing against US Army mounted teams; however, over the last several years it was reenactors/living historians that have won the competition. Our goal for the 2012 National Cavalry Competition is to increase the number reenactors/living historians that attend the event. This competition provides an excellent venue for you to impart some of your knowledge of uniforms, arms, tactics, and overall cavalry knowledge to the attending public, but also to the U.S. Army mounted teams that compete. Now is the time to start preparing yourself and your mount for the competition. This is also an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with WWII Cavalry Veterans who attend the competition.
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