It looks like the soldier jumped the fence WHILE firing his pistol!
I didn't get any good pictures but the saber competition had targets on the ground on the on side just beyond a jump. The rider had to take the jump, lean left, and engage the target as they descended. Tough one.
For a "tune up" there will be a regional event in Ft. Valley, VA (maybe an hour from you) on Labor Day weekend. The NCC1010 will be in San Angelo at the end of the month.
Come on down and we'll Splice the Mainbrace as soon as the Sun is over the yardarm.
Nice uniform choice, by the way. I thought about the blue blouse/white breeches combo (sort of a modified Service Dress Blue, Yankee). Stayed with the regular SDB as white breeches are just too hard to clean.
I'm pointing my husband to this. lol...he's an Army Academy grad and really super supportive of my "horse thing". There haven't been too many guys around the hunter/jumper barns I've been in but I periodically see him get itchy fingers to try it out. His dad's a civil war buff and has talked several times about getting involved with reenactment so this would be appropriately appealing I think.
There was a time when there were three methods of transport:
It would not have been unusual for Naval personnel to have used equine transport.
The only USN mounted operation I'm aware of occured during Commadore Moffet's occupation of CA. Landing parties of sailors were used to reinforce Marine detactments ashore in battles with Mexican infantry and cavalry. Some sailors were mounted and engaged Mexican mounted forces. It did not work out so well for the sailors; they were quickly dismounted and did much better on foot.
Riding the hurricane deck of a ship was rather different than riding the hurricane deck of a horse!
Marines have a more varied mounted history, with the earliest documentation I'm aware of during operations in Tripoli during the wars against the Barbary Pirates. They maintained a formal mounted detachment in China from about 1900 through the 1930s.
And the Coast Guard, as part of the Navy in WWII, maintained a force of about 3000 mounted Beach Patrol Coasties on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from 1942 into at least 1944.
So while we may be unusual, we have been rather useful.
Thanks so much for posting pics... my husband is all excited about trying this in the future. He's active duty Army and becoming quite an avid foxhunter. He read about the NCC someplace and that is his next big dream to work on. I'm sure he will love to see your pictures!