Order of the Spur
The Century Division Order of the Spur will be holding their competition at this year’s Battle of Sacramento and we are sooo excited! And the best part is, they have agreed to make this an annual competition!!
The Cavalry Instinct Award
If you take pride in your skill and attention to detail, you are invited to prove yourself against the best of the best. A true contest will always improve skills and attention to details - no matter what is being contested. The Century Division Order of the Spur has been granted permission by the Battle Committee to conduct an all out Cavalry competition at Sacramento. The Battle of Sacramento is already the largest Cavalry reenactment in Kentucky and we hope to make our competition and award the pinochle of success for serious Civil War Cavalry reenactors. We are seeking participation from as many Troopers as possible to help us refine the contest into something reenactors would like to see.
The cavalry course will include both pistol and saber accuracy. The rider starts his run by shooting at targets with their pistol then jumping a hay bale and returning by hooking rings on the saber. It is a timed event with penalty for each missed target. Each trooper will get two attempts and their best time will be used. And since this will be a true competition, there will be just one overall winner. And the winner this year will be invited back to defend his title.
The 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. Horsemanship will be judged this year by making pistols and sabers timed events; rider completes the course, turns and gallops back to the start/finish line. The winner will be presented the award and slash a watermelon at the final pass in review on Sunday.
The Order of the Spur will monitor judging and is working closely with the Union and Confederate Cavalry Commanders. Both are seasoned reenactors and will assist in providing the fairest judging possible.
We must keep our Cavalry Heritage alive so join the best of the best at Sacramento!
It is the Mission of the Order to preserve Cavalry heritage and part of that is recognizing the skill and dedication of Cavalry Reenactors.
We are privileged to hold this competition on the same ground where General Nathan Bedford Forrest first led men in battle.