Century Division Order
of the Spur

The Best Trooper Award for Cavalry Reenactors
If you take pride in your skill and attention to detail, YOU are invited to prove yourself against the Best of the Best!

The Century Division Order of the Spur will conduct an all out Cavalry competition at Sacramento on May 19, 2018. The Battle of Sacramento is already the largest Cavalry reenactment in Kentucky and we are making our competition and award the emblem of success for serious Civil War Cavalry reenactors. We seek participation from as many troopers as possible as we refine the contest each year.

We are privileged to hold this competition on the same ground where General Nathan Bedford Forrest first led men in battle.

The cavalry course will include both pistol and saber events. The rider starts his run by shooting targets with pistol then jumping hay bales and returning while slashing balloons with the saber and finally spearing a ring. The finalists from round one will meet in the final round with watermelons replacing balloons. It is a timed event with penalty for each missed target. The best of two scores will be used. Since this is a true competition, there can be only one winner. This year's competition will determine if last year's winner, Captain Rowdy Likens, retains his title or surrenders it to a challenger.

Historical judging will include horse and tack as well as the trooper. Uniforms need not be year specific as long as they are accurate for some point in the war. Rider and horse will be inspected and photographed before the timed portion. The Trooper that accumulates the most points (after standing inspection, and demonstrating their skill at horsemanship, pistol and saber) will be the winner. The Best Trooper receives Honorary Membership in the Century Division Order of the Spur.  He is presented $100 and a trophy to keep until next year when he returns to defend the title.

The Order of the Spur will monitor judging and is working closely with Cavalry Commanders. Seasoned reenactors will assist in providing the fairest judging possible.

The Best Trooper will receive the trophy after final scoring on Saturday May 19 with Century Division Order of the Spur honorary membership and award certificate arriving by mail soon afterward.

Click Here for video of one of last year's competitors.

The Century Division Order of the Spur was founded in 1990 by U.S. Army Reserve members of the modern mechanized Cavalry. Serving in the same scout role as horse soldiers of the past, the Troopers of the 100TH were training on the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier and the M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Many of the traditions of the Horse Cavalry were passed along to the Mechanized Troopers and this is the reason you might see a soldier wearing a modern uniform with a Stetson hat on his head and spurs on his boots.

The 100TH Division was strictly a Kentucky Unit for many years and supported Ft. Knox which was then the home of Armor and Cavalry.

The mission of the Order of the Spur is to preserve Cavalry heritage and traditions. We recognize the tremendous contributions made by Civil War reenactors and take pride in honoring them by sponsoring the Best Trooper competition.

For more information on this event,
e-mail us at info@battleofsac.com or call (270)792-5300.

 

It is the mission of the Century Division Order of the Spur to preserve Cavalry heritage and part of that is recognizing the skill and dedication of Civil War Cavalry Reenactors. 

Cavalry Engagement during the Battle of Sacramento