What is the Parsons Mounted Calvary at Texas A&M University?


Parsons Mounted Calvary

The Texas A&M University Parsons Mounted Calvary (PMC) is a special horse combat unit in the Corps of Cadets and the only collegiate mounted cavalry unit in the nation. 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.

The Texas A&M University’s Parson’s Mounted Cavalry (PMC) was one of 18 equestrian groups invited to ride in the 130th Rose Parade®, presented by Honda, on January 1, 2019, in Pasadena, California. PMC presently consists of 78 junior and senior cadets and 70 horses and mules. Named after a former Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Colonel Thomas R. Parsons, the horse cavalry unit consists of cavalry, artillery, and quartermaster elements.

Texas A&M Mounted Calvary

To read more about PMC, click here.

Military training at Texas A&M had 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.  Dr. C. Thomas Nelson, was one of 30 individuals who helped revive the group in 1974 as a senior year student. He learned to ride English jumping saddles riding in formation. As a result of his horse becoming sick he spent several weeks at at the University of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and ultimately decided to become a veterinarian as a result. To read his story, click here.


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