~the troop is part of the Organized Militia of the State.
Operating from its facility in Avon, the traditions of Connecticut’s cavalry are demonstrably alive and kicking. Currently, the membership is some 80 active troopers and staff veterans. Ten horses are ridden and cared for in addition to the other equipment needed to support a troop of cavalry. Men and women serve equally, drilling every Thursday evening in formation riding, search and rescue and crowd control techniques. The whole troop moves down to the National Guard’s Camp Niantic for one week every year. This annual training combines bivouacs, weapons training, route marches and other exercises that keep the troop fit and recall the glory days of the horse cavalry. The Troop also participates in civic projects, youth drug prevention programs, parades and other ceremonial events.
Among the collections of the State Library are numerous historical manuscripts and photographs pertaining to this unique military group. The Dudley Collection of photographs contains over two hundred images of the Connecticut troopers on the Mexican border, while the Annual Reports of the Adjutant-General routinely include the activities of the State Militia including both the Horse Guard and Foot Guard units.
280 Arch Road, Avon, Connecticut, 06001, United States