Governor’s Horse Guard plans open house Sunday

The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will host its annual autumn open house Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on its grounds, 4 Wildlife Drive, Newtown.

The family-friendly event is a chance for the community to meet the troopers and horses that make up this unique unit and an opportunity for guard members to thank the public for its support.

The event includes riding demonstrations, games, and historical presentations for children and adults. Some specific activities are a cavalry demonstration at 12:30, musical ride at 1, and pony rides on cavalry horses at 1:15.

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About the Horse Guard

The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard primary mission is to serve the governor and the state of Connecticut as a dress-and-ceremonial unit of the Connecticut Army National Guard.

The unit also is dedicated to community service and preserving the traditions of the cavalry in Connecticut. Troopers ride in 1928 McClellan saddles — the last issued by the U.S. Army.

Both mounted and unmounted military drills are practiced weekly. Horse Guard troopers and horses march in more than a dozen parades annually, and attend many events and ceremonies.

The unit was formed in 1808 by an act of the state Legislature to function as a horse guard for the governor. The duties of the original company, then based in New Haven, were “to attend upon and escort him [the governor] in times of peace and war.” The First Company Governor’s Horse Guard has previously been formed and was stationed in Hartford.