Taking on the ‘Spur Ride’

2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Quentin Johnson

Date: 10.15.2010
Posted: 10.18.2010 16:50
News ID: 58371
Taking on the 'Spur Ride'

FORT HOOD, Texas - The infantry has the Expert Infantryman Badge, the medics the Expert Field Medical Badge and for the cavalry, the Silver Spurs.<br /> <br /> Troopers from 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted a brigade Spur Ride on Fort Hood Oct. 11-15.<br /> <br /> The Spur Ride is a traditional, cavalry training event used to build esprit-de-corps within all cavalry troopers, said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Haliburton, a Midway, Ala., native and the operations non-commissioned officer-in-charge for the 2nd STB.<br /> <br /> More than 160 soldiers participated in the event with nearly 90 percent of them finishing, said Haliburton.<br /> <br /> To finish and receive their spurs, soldiers had to successfully maneuver as a squad and individually complete five out of seven tasks, all within a five hour time period, said Haliburton.<br /> <br /> Tasks included entering and clearing a building, weapons systems training, first aid and communications. <br /> <br /> The event was also an opportunity for older and experienced soldiers to validate some<br /> common tasks and battle drills they may not often use.<br /> <br /> “It was touching up … it’s [the tasks] just like anything else, it’s a perishable skill. It’s kind of a refresher and nice to know,” said Spc. Randy Horvath, an El Paso, Texas, native and a military policeman for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd STB, 2nd BCT.<br /> <br /> The tasks achieved during the event will apply greatly when the MP’s deploy as well, said Horvath.<br /> <br /> Horvath said the greatest part of the event was learning to build on camaraderie and working together.<br /> <br /> Only being with his unit for a few weeks, Staff Sgt. Sean Ireland, a Nashville, Tenn., native and a MP for HHC, 2nd STB, said he needed to see that teamwork as well.<br /> <br /> The Spur Ride wasn’t only a team builder, but a skills refresher and confidence builder too, he explained.<br /> <br /> That confidence paid off. Both Horvath and Ireland completed the event and received their silver spurs.