junior essex troop
The Junior Essex Troop of Cavalry was founded in 1931 as a cadet auxiliary with the support and aid of the famous Essex Troop of the 102nd Cavalry, New Jersey National Guard. It was the only junior cavalry squadron sanctioned by the United States Government.
In 1943, the Junior Essex Troop was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to “foster the love of horses among boys” through military training and education in the art of horsemanship. The Troop became co-ed in 1983, developing and educating young men and women through equine activities. Though the Troop ceased daily operations in 1989.
Today, the Junior Essex Troop continues its mission to education and horsemanship by donating proceeds to youth organizations, collegiate equine programs and scholarships. All contributions to Junior Essex Troop are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations for charitable donations.