The Kentucky National Guard’s Equestrian Legacy


Frankfort, Ky. (October 9, 2010) — The Kentucky National Guard of the 21st century is well-versed in the latest technologies, from the C-130 Hercules to the UH-60 Blackhawk to the newest high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS).  Everyone from general officers to the rank of private is familiar with internet security, night vision goggles and global positioning systems.

There was a time long ago, however, when high technology meant something completely different.  The mission was the same — defending the nation in time of war and supporting local communities during disasters and emergencies.  But the way Soldiers accomplished that mission has changed drastically over the decades.

In honor of the Citizen-Soldiers supporting the 2010 World Equestrian Games, here is a precious glimpse into Kentucky National Guard’s cavalry legacy. 

NOTE:  If you have information on any of these photographs or other materials relating to the history of the Kentucky National Guard, contact John Trowbridge at 502-607-6301 or email:

Col. Richard M. Johnson's Kentucky Mounted Riflemen at the Battle of Thames, ca. 1813, during the War of 1812.

Capt. Joel L. Stokes with "Demon" and "Winnie Winkle" taking a 4-foot jump with loaded machine gun packs at Fort Knox in 1931. Stokes commanded the Kentucky Army National Guard's Troop K, 123rd Cavalry Regiment.

“Summer Camp” with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 123rd Cavalry Regiment ca. 1930s.

The Phillips brothers taking hurdles in the 1930s.




Unidentified troops "climbing steep bank, double" on horseback.


A Kentucky Army National Guard officer with the 123rd Cavalry Regiment at "Camp Knox" ca. 1930s.


The Kentucky Army National Guard's Troop A, 123rd Cavalry Regiment forming up in Frankfort.

A Kentucky Army Guard mounted unit on maneuvers in the 1930s.

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