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Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard

Marshal: Gunnery Seargent Smith

Marshal:  Gunnery Seargent Smith

Battle Name, Color, Breed Iwo Jima, Palomino, Wild Mustang Tripoli, Palomino, Wild Mustang Desert Storm, Palomino,Wild Mustang Bodfish, Palomino, Wild Mustang Soissons, Palomino, Wild Mustang Okinawa, Palomino, Wild Mustang

Adopted “Wild Mustangs” of palomino color from the Bureau of Land Management “Adopt a Horse” program. Palomino "Wild Mustangs"

GROUP DESCRIPTION: This is the only remaining Mounted Color Guard in the Marine Corps today. America’s Heroes are mounted on America’s Living Legend “Wild Mustangs” of palomino color from the Bureau of Land Management “Adopt a Horse” program.

Since 1967 this extraordinary military unit has been stationed aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, California, representing the Marine Corps and the Logistics Base throughout The United States. This Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard performs precision color guard movements in numerous types of events. What sets this color guard apart from any other military color guard is the fact that “America’s Heroes” are riding “America’s Living Legend,” wild mustangs captured and adopted from the Bureau of Land Management’s “Adopt a horse and Burro Program.” In addition, the team only rides Mustangs of Palomino color.

The Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard is the only remaining mounted color guard in the Marine Corps today. The Marines use their time in the detail to work and train with the horses and perform in different events throughout the year. Additionally, the riders are trained to recognize that horses are living creatures capable of thinking, feeling, and decision-making, no different than you and I. The Marines learn to respect their mounts as individuals with different personalities. Being aware of each horse’s potential and learning how to bring it out challenges every rider to be a better horseman and stronger leader of Marines.

Marines will be wearing Dress Blue "B" uniform. Military Unit.

Black English Tack

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: January 1, 2012 Rose Parade February 9-12, 2012 Bodfish (MCG Official Sponsor) February 10 Change of Command – Base Sergeant Major MCLB Barstow February 22- March 4, 2012 Houston Stock Show and Rodeo March 15-18, 2012 Salina PRCA Rodeo March 24, 2012 San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day Parade March 31, 2012 Veteran’s Home April 2, 2012 Sergeant Major Jackson’s Post and Relief Ceremony April 27, 2012 Summit Leadership Academy Career Day April 27-29, 2012 Springville Sierra Rodeo May 5, 2012 Del Mar Horse Show May 9, 2012 Yermo School Visit May 14-22, 2012 Redding Rodeo May 25, 2012 High Desert Memorial Weekend Celebration May 25-27, 2012 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo May 28, 2012 Lucerne Valley Memorial Day June 1-3, 2012 World Famous Mud Run June 8-11, 2012 Livermore Rodeo Patriot Day June 13-18, 2012 78th Annual Cherry Festival Parade June 27, 2012 Base Commander’s Change of Command, MCLB Barstow June 28- July 7, 2012 Cody Stampede Parade and PRCA Rodeo July 18-23, 2012 Salinas California Rodeo July 25-31, 2012 Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo August 9-12, 2012 Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo August 17-19, 2012 The Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo and Parade August 28- September 3, 2012 Twin Falls County Fair, Magic Valley Stampede September 7-9, 2012 8th Annual Western Hoedown September 12-18, 2012 Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Finals September 28-29, 2012 Barstow NPRA Rodeo October 3-8, 2012 Durango Colorado Cowboy Gathering October 25, 2012 Barstow CA Parade (Pending) November 9-12, 2012 Anthem AZ, Veterans Parade/VFW Ball (Pending) November 18-28, 2012 Midland Texas, Professional Armed Forces Rodeo World Finals December 6, 2012 Bakersfield CA, Christmas Parade December 8, 2012 Laguna Niguel Christmas Parade December 9, 2012 Las Vegas NV, National Finals Rodeo The United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard has led the Rose Parade since 1986.

United States Marine Corps

To contact the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard or request the team to attend your event, please contact the unit’s team leader, Gunnery Sergeant Robert Smith by e-mail at or by phone at (760) 577-7302, or fax a formal request (DD-2536) with your event type, date and times to (760) 577-6350. Also look us up on Facebook at

RIDERS: Col Scalise Iowa Sgt Major Charron GySgt Smith Arizona Sgt Cole Arizona Sgt Torrealba California Cpl Paige Texas

Updated on: 12/19/2012 10:58:01 PM

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