Civil War Cavalry Reenactors:

Your Skills and dedication are MUCH appreciated!

Century Division Order of the Spur

Best Trooper Award

Is for YOU!

Its our way of saying Thank You.

The Competition is at Sacramento, Kentucky on May 18, 2019. The Battle of Sacramento is often the largest Cavalry reenactment in Kentucky and this competition is the most user friendly place to show off your skills. We want you and your horse to be our guests. This is YOUR contest!

When you register for the battle, you are eligible to compete.

Competition is held on the same ground where the "Wizard of the Saddle" led his first cavalry charge.

The course includes both pistol and saber events. The rider starts his run by shooting targets, jumping hay, turning and slashing balloons on the return leg Finally, the ring must be on the saber as he crosses the finish line. Winners from round one move on to round two. Watermelons replace water balloons. It is a timed event with a penalty for each miss. The best of the two scores will be used.

There can ONLY be ONE winner!

Historical judging will include horse, tack and trooper. Uniforms can be correct for any year of the war. Rider and horse will be inspected and photographed right before timed portion. The photos of each competitor are emailed to them soon afterward at no cost to participants.

The Trooper accumulating the most points will be the winner.

The Best Trooper receives spurs and Honorary Membership in the Order. He is presented $100 and a trophy to keep until next year when he returns to defend the title. Click here for 3 minute video ad regarding Best Trooper.

The Order will monitor judging and works 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 18 with Century Division Order of the Spur honorary membership and award certificate arriving by mail soon afterward.

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 scouts. For that 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. Fort Benning, Georgia acquired that mission and so the Century Division Order of the Spur has merged with the much larger Association of the Century.

The purpose of the Best Trooper Award is to preserve cavalry heritage and traditions. The competition is fully funded for eight more years and with reenactors input, we will refine it each year.

We recognize the tremendous contributions made by Civil War reenactors and take pride in honoring them by sponsoring this competition.

For more information on this event,
e-mail us at 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