Help the Horses get to the Roses!
The Parsons Mounted Cavalry (PMC) will ride in the 130th Rose Parade, presented by Honda, on January 1, 2019, in Pasadena, CA.
With 50 cadets and 40 horses and mules, PMC will travel three days by truck and trailer to California to participate in the Rose Parade. They will ride along the five-and-a-half-mile parade route.
Parsons Mounted Cavalry has been in existence at Texas A&M University for 44 years and is the first special unit in Corps of Cadets history to be invited to the Rose Parade.
This horse combat unit consists of cavalry, artillery and quartermaster elements. Military training at A&M included mounted drill until 1943, when the Army disbanded its horse operations. The Cavalry tradition was revived at A&M by the Class of 1974. The unit was named after then Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Colonel Thomas R. Parsons. Military horse training is used to teach cadets self-discipline, confidence, leadership, and decision-making. Learning to manage an animal much larger than themselves with a mind of its own in challenging conditions develops many of the skills necessary for modern business and military leaders. There are 90 cadets and 50 horses in this unit.