‘Quarterhorse’ complete cavalry competition
FORT RILEY, Kans.— A cavalry scout section of A Troop, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., tactically road marches towards their first objective during the Cavalry Scout Competition held by the “Quarterhorse” Sqdn. on 29 Aug. The completion was designed to test Soldiers individual and collectively on tasks that are paramount to cavalry scouts. Troopers also had that the opportunity to earn their spurs during the challenge. When it was all said and done 106 troopers completed the challenge and 46 earned their spurs. (U.S.) Army photo by Sgt. Scott Lamberson, 4th IBCT PAO)
Story by: SGT Scott C Lamberson
The 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, or "Quarterhorse," completed a grueling Cavalry Section competition Aug. 28 to 29. The competition was designed to determine which scout section in the squadron was the best. Also during the competition, individual troopers had the opportunity to earn their coveted spurs.
"This competition provided an opportunity to test the individual training that we've done in the last four months," said Lt. Col. J. Fredrick Dente, Quarterhorse commander. "This was our certifying event to test our individual scouts. The competition was the mechanism we used to test whether we were successful in our training."
"This competition is the culmination of all the small unit and individual training we have been doing recently," said Sgt. Brian Heather, section sergeant, Troop A., 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. "We're putting all of our training and skills to use in this competition."
The competition kicked off with a physical fitness test with standards used by the Army in 1946. The 1946 PT test consisted of pushups and sits ups; which were variations of today's standards; squat jumps, pull ups and a 300-meter shuttle run.
"Competitions like this allow each scout section to bond and build esprit de corps amongst their sections," Dente said. "It develops confidence in the troopers and teams."
Following the PT test, troopers and their ruck sacks were inspected for required items. Once the inspections were complete, the troopers were given a grid coordinate and set off on foot using land navigation to reach their next objective.
Once the troopers reached their destination, their objectives were broken up into different lanes. The troopers conducted simulated call for fire missions, first aid and medical testing, proficiency testing on crew serve weapons and radio communications.
"This competition is the culmination of all the small unit and individual training we've been conducting over the last four months," Heather said. "We put everything to we've learned and trained on to use in this competition."
As darkness consumed the sky, the teams trekked 15 miles and then performed infiltration operations. As the sun began to rise, the troopers made their way from their training areas to Custer Parade Field. Once the scout sections reached the parade field, they were given one final test – a historical exam.
"Sometimes you get away from the team cohesion aspect of things," Heather said. "Competitions like this bring back the team emphasis and build cohesion among our scout sections."
After the sections completed all tasks and testing, they turned in their grade sheets and were praised by their leadership for a job well done. In the end, 106 troopers completed the competition and 46 earned their spurs.
"It was an amazing show of strength, character and mental and physical toughness," Dente said.