For 5th annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day, the Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Horse Detachment, an active-duty unit from Fort Irwin, California, is returning to the Monterey Bay after 75 years to join us. The Blackhorse were stationed at the Presidio of Monterey from 1919–1940.

The Blackhorse troopers, in Spanish-American War uniform, will perform a mounted color guard (10:00) and demonstrate cavalry maneuvers in the arena  at 11:30.

This year's history talk, “What is Cavalry?,” will be given by Fred Klink and Jeff Wall of the U.S. Cavalry Association at 10:30.

At noon, the  California Historical Artillery Society will demonstrate maneuvering with a six-horse artillery-section hitch and will fire their Civil War cannon. 

Schedule of Events

8:00 Fort Ord Warhorse Cycling Tour*

  • Intro to horse-assisted therapy for PTSD, Jenny Silber Buthah, licensed therapist, with John Baek (demo horse “Magic” courtesy Marlena Torrey)
  • Patriotic selections, Defense Language Institute Choir

10:00 Call to order: Kai Howard and bugler Addison Stott, Boy Scout troops 187 and 227

  • Color Guards: Blackhorse Cavalry and Defense Language Institute
  • Reading from Job 39, The Warhorse, Fr Anders Strindberg
  • Welcome, Laura Cohan, Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse
  • Greetings from Presidio of Monterey, Col Paul Fellinger
  • Introduction of 11th Cavalry, Maj Robert West, Fort Irwin
  • Historic Perspective, Margaret Davis, Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse
  • MEC Park and Trails, Marina Councilmember Gail Morton
  • What is Cavalry?, Fred Klink and Jeff Wall, U.S. Cavalry Association
  • The Presidio Years, Laura Cohan

11:30 Blackhorse mounted-cavalry demonstration (arena)
12:00 Civil War artillery section with firing of cannon (9th Street)
12:30 This is the Army Horse, Jeff Wall, with George May, Historical Forces Association and demo horse “Hanna” (stage)
1:00  Historical Army breeds demo, Fred Klink, Jeff Wall (stage)


  • Petting zoo, Monterey Bay Equestrian Center
  • Face painting, Boy Scout Troop 187
  • Horseshoe pit, Boy Scout Troop 187
  • Bike blender, Michael Baroni, Green Pedal Couriers
  • Art and kids’ coloring, Marina Youth Arts


  • Cavalry of WWII mobilization era, Art Montgomery Collection 
  • Vintage military vehicles, Military Vehicle Collectors of California
  • Civil War field artillery, California Historical Artillery Society  
  • Buffalo-soldier camp, David Jones, Northern California Buffalo Soldiers Association, 10th Cavalry
  • Army forge, Reb Monaco Historical Blacksmith
  • 11th Armored Cavalry Regimental History
  • Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse, Fort Ord National Monument, FORT Friends, Heart of the Horse Veterans Therapy Ranch, IfiNeedHelp ID Patches, Monterey Bay Equestrian Center

Chow line provided by Central Coast CERT 


Boy Scout Troop 187 • Chris Herron • Diane Colwell • Gail Morton • Jan Shriner • Joanne Smith • Art Montgomery • Karen Morgan • Monterey Bay Equestrian Center • Munn Family • National Environmental Education Foundation • Star Market Salinas • Brian Tomasini • Toyota Motorsports

Event Partners

Boy Scout Troop 187 • California Historical Artillery Society • Central Coast CERT • Defense Language Institute Choir • DLI/POM Joint Services Color Guard • Green Pedal Couriers • Historical Forces Association • Marina Youth Arts • Reb Monaco Historical Blacksmith • Monterey Bay Equestrian Center • Monterey Images • U.S. Cavalry Association • Northern California Buffalo Soldiers Association, 10th Cavalry, Company G • Jenny Silber Butah • Councilman Jason Campbell, Seaside • Military Vehicle Collectors of California

Special salute to the U.S. Army 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, California, and Presidio of Monterey. Allons!

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*The Fort Ord Warhorse bike ride leaves the site at 8:00. This eleven-mile loop takes you to Comanche's Grave in Fort Ord National Monument and to the Dunes State Park, returning in time for events at 9:30 and opening ceremony at 10:00. Guided ride is free of charge; contributions towards the cost of insurance are happily accepted. Ride is mainly on roads closed to traffic, with some pockets of sand in the monument. 


The Marina Equestrian Park is at California/5th Avenue and 9th Street in Marina, 93933. From Hwy 1, exit Imjin Parkway, R on California, R on 9th Street to park. From Salinas, west on Blanco, R on Reservation Road, L on Imjin, L on California, R on 9th Street to park.

Info: 831-224-4534,

​Warhorse Day is a one-of-a-kind festival that runs on volunteers and contributions. If you'd like to help keep Warhorse Day free and open to the public, please consider snail-mailing to FFOW, Box 1168, Marina 93933 or use PayPal.

Thanks and see you there!

Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse


Free and open to all • 5th Annual


May 9th, 2015


*The Fort Ord Warhorse family bike 

tour through National Monument 

starts at 8:00

Schedule and directions below