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Spur ride harkens to medieval times

By The Mercury

A Fort Riley unit is planning a competition based on those conducted by knights in medieval times.

The 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is scheduled to conduct its first Order of the Spur since their redeployment earlier in the year from Afghanistan on Sept. 5 and 6, according to a press release.

The concept dates back to knighthood, where only the most distinguished and valiant armored warriors that passed all tasks in a series of tournaments received gilded spurs.

The spurs, either silver or gold, are equivalent relationships of the Expert Infantryman and Combat Infantryman Badges. Unlike the badges, the Order of the Spur is open to anyone serving in a cavalry unit.

To receive these silver dazzlers, each candidate must conduct a Spur Ride. During this process, each trooper must pass a sequence of tests evaluating leadership and technical and tactical proficiency under physical and mental fatigue.

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