Fort Concho Cavalry troopers Ron Perry and Rick Dill won several awards and earned special recognition at the National Cavalry Competition at Fort Reno, Oklahoma, on Sept. 21-24.

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Perry won a special award honoring his years of service to the United States Cavalry Association, which sponsors the competition. Dill placed second in the mounted saber course and first in the combat horse course. Both men also received a special award recognizing their many years of competing as among the oldest riders. The event features dozens of participants in their 20s and 30s.

Both men have volunteered with the Fort Concho Cavalry for years. Dill joined the unit in 1991 and Perry in 2000. Both have dedicated hundreds of hours interpreting the heritage of the 4th Regiment of U.S. Cavalry that was stationed at Fort Concho in the 1870s.

Based at Fort Reno, the USCA is marking its 40th year of preserving the heritage of the mounted service in America’s armed forces.

Fort Concho hosted the USCA’s national meeting in 2000; the national meeting and competition in 2010; and a regional competition this past spring. A second annual regional competition is set for Fort Concho on April 19-22.