The New Canaan Mounted Troop is a non-profit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut. It teaches veterinary care, showmanship and hunt-seat riding.
The New Canaan Mounted Troop is a non-profit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut that helps youths build confidence, leadership, and responsibility by horsemanship. With an emphasis on teamwork, this organization teaches veterinary care, showmanship, hunt-seat riding as well as participation in community service. These skills will not only benefit cadets in the barn but also throughout the rest of their lives. This organization offers summer camp, adult riding programs, as well as a 10 month long full cadet program for children ages 7 and up.
The New Canaan Mounted Troop, the last remaining unit of the Junior Cavalry of America, was founded by Margaret Cabell Self in 1939. Cadets are ranked by skills, participation, spirit, and leadership and can be promoted through ranks of Cadet, Corporal, Sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, and Captain.
The highest-ranking Cadet, also known as the Cadet Major, is elected to lead the Troop for the program year. Review Ceremonies are held in December and June where cadets may be promoted after serving at least one year at their current rank. Following the ceremony is a horse show. Cadets are also expected to participate in the town of New Canaan’s Memorial Day Parade dressed in traditional Junior Cavalry uniforms.
Therapeutic riding is also offered at the New Canaan Mounted Troop for those with special physical, cognitive, or emotional needs. Instructors assign a horse or pony to each student based on their needs. No student is left in complete control of their horse and always has two side walkers for maximum comfort, safety, as well as security. Each class is 45 minutes long and provides a lesson with a therapeutic benefit.
At the New Canaan Mounted Troop, all horses and ponies are shared among riders, and while the organization owns all animals, the majority of the horses and ponies are donated. Either coming from owners no longer able to care for them or retiring from show careers, all horses and ponies are given a second life and serve as teachers to the troop’s cadets.
New Canaan Mountain Troop boasts an all-new facility that features an outdoor ring, indoor ring, 30 stalls, paddocks, tack room, horse laundry facilities, a learning center, offices, and a locker room for cadets. The organization aims to be as eco-friendly as possible and uses groundwater and natural heat from the earth to cool and heat the barn.
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