After an 18-year sabbatical, Culver Academies’ Lancer Platoon and Equestriennes returned to the legendary Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo Jan. 22-23.
Culver riders appeared in the opening ceremonies and four more times over the two-day period. The Black Horse Troop Lancer Platoon performed twice, as did the Equestriennes. All the performances took place in the Original Indoor Rodeo in the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
Taking in the performances were more than 250 members and guests of the North Texas Culver Club who convened for a private luncheon. They were joined by the riders, trip chaperones, and members of the Academies administration and staff. Rachel Redington Werner ’93 presided at the luncheon. Trustee and 2015 Graduate of the Year Jud Little ’65 shared insights on Culver horsemanship followed by key remarks by Head of Schools John Buxton.
Each performance involved 22 riders. The Lancers hailed from seven states and four countries while the Equestriennes came from 11 states and five countries. A total of 47 students (24 Equestriennes and 23 Lancers) made the trip.
2016 marked the Fort Worth debut of the Equestriennes. The Lancer Platoon appeared in 1975 and 1998. Little was instrumental in providing the opportunity and delivered hay, water buckets, and other essential supplies to care for the horses. Other individuals providing financial support were alumni Charlie ’67 and Kit Moncrief, and Jack ’72 and Annette Vaughn; and parents Luis Miguel Quintanilla ’85 and Karla Giordano, and Tom and Demi Stiebel.