After an 18-year sabbatical, Culver Academies’ Lancer Platoon and Equestriennes will be performing at the legendary Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo this weekend.
In addition to appearing in the opening ceremonies, Culver will be performing four times Jan. 22-23 at the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo in the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. The Black Horse Troop Lancer Platoon will perform Friday, Jan. 22, at the 7:30 p.m. rodeo, and again Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. The Equestriennes will be performing at the rodeo on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Taking in the performances will be about 200 members and guests of the North Texas Culver Club who will be convening at a private luncheon. They will be joined by the riders, trip chaperones, and members of the Academies administration and staff.
Rachel Redington Werner ’93 will preside at the luncheon. Trustee and 2015 Graduate of the Year Jud Little ’65 will share insights on Culver horsemanship followed by key remarks by Head of Schools John Buxton.
Each riding performance will involve 22 riders. The Lancers hail from seven states and four countries while the Equestriennes come from 11 states and five countries.
2016 will mark the Fort Worth debut of the Equestriennes, the honor mounted unit of Culver Girls Academy, though the Lancers will be making a return trip to the Fort Worth extravaganza. CMA’s Lancer Platoon first appeared in 1975 and returned in 1998, when it performed seven times and rode in the rodeo parade over a four-day span.
Celebrating 120 years, the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo began Jan. 15 and runs through Feb. 6. The 23-day show at Will Rogers Memorial Center features 36 rodeo performances, parades, livestock exhibits, a carnival midway, live music, and more.
The Fort Worth trip is the latest of Lancer and Equestrienne appearances at major events and parades in the United States – including 16 appearances in Presidential Inaugural Parades for the Lancers and seven for the Equestriennes since 1985. Other major appearances through the years have included the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, the Kentucky Derby’s Pegasus Parade, and performances at the World Equestrian Games. In November 2015, the Black Horse Troop’s Friesian Mounted Color Guard appeared at the Breeder’s Cup in Lexington, Ky., and rode in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.