Denny G. Hair, Commanding
of us have taken up the challenge to educate and engage ourselves
in the age-old practice of mounted combat. Mounted combat
is a much honored and revered undertaking and it's purposes,
in practice, has many levels of skills associated with them.
The skills necessary to conduct a mounted attack have as much
to do with the mental, spiritual and physical development
of the practitioner as it does with the development of rudimentary
skills the execution of mounted combat on the field of battle.
Therefore, our practice of it today can and has achieved for
us the same results that the practice of it achieved some
130 years ago or even a thousand years ago.
have chosen to learn the mounted skills of the American Cavalry
Soldier during the Civil War. We strive to practice as he
practiced, drill as he drilled and participate in mock combat
drills as he did. In doing this, we too can achieve some of
the ancient benefits that are associated with this practice.
Though the terminology has changed, the mental prowess and
skills necessary to maneuver on the field must be developed
in much the same way as they were historically. Therefore
the resulting benefits remain just as consistent and constant
today as they were then.
us be resolved, unto ourselves, to undertake this most magnificent
journey into equitation and in the competitive combat of the
past, for the betterment of ourselves as individuals and as
a collective body of practitioners. "Unto ourselves"
is to say that it is not done to impress others or even to
compete with others. It is for the inward benefit as a group
and as individuals that we engage in this age old practice.
It is ironic that as we proceed into our future, knowing not
what it has in store, we are doing so by our study of the
past. There is much to be learned from history.
cavalrymen, we have chosen a field that can and will challenge
each of us. Each will meet his own challenges as this hobby
will test your metal in unique and different ways. As a collective
body, we all benefit from the special skills that we each
have and bring to the hobby. Individually, we each have special
challenges that, once met, can be used to bring us all toward
the special reward of collective achievement.
is a lot to be said for collective and personal achievement.
There is a certain inner thrill that comes from doing something
that is not easy and takes both work and practice. We should
do it for the sake of doing it and not so others can know
we have. We do not strive to reach a pentacle of perfection
for the acknowledgment of our peers but rather to achieve
it for the betterment of ourselves. We climb the mountain
because we are resolved to climb it simple because it is there.