Dressage at Devon is very proud to host the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, the oldest continually running cavalry unit in the the US and the Governor General's Horse Guard (GGHG) Cavalry Squadron, the oldest running cavalry troop in Canada – riding tog for the first time!
The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry is a purely volunteer cavalry troop, the first organized in defense of the colonies. Today the Troop is certainly the oldest mounted military unit and quite possibly the oldest military unit of any kind that has been in continuous service to the Republic. The times that called it into being, and the character of the original members who fought through the seven years of the American Revolution, together forged concepts of service and a body of tradition that have given it a continuity of purpose since 1774. The First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry is a private military organization in the service of the United States. Because unique demands and opportunities are imposed upon its members, they become a closely knit fraternity. Membership is by election.