FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) held a 2020 Fort Huachuca Best Trooper Competition, a cavalry horsemanship competition, for its members Sept. 26, 2020 at Brown Parade Field here.Riders demonstrated the same required riding proficiency of an 1880s trooper who had to maneuver a horse while successfully using a weapon, such as the 1860 light cavalry saber, the 1873 Colt single-action pistol or the 1873 Springfield carbine. A trooper and his mount make up a complete weapon system that has to work together to be successful.Gary Saleh, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Beard’ by his fellow B Troopers, and his trusted steed Apache won the 2020 Fort Huachuca Best Trooper Competition.Tombstone High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Mounted Color Guard opened the ceremony with B Troop and the ceremonial firing of the howitzer by K Battery.“It was an honor to share the parade field with these outstanding cadets,” said Maj. Eduardo Gonzalez, commander of B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial).Tombstone’s team of nine cadets, led by Cadets Kylie Brooklyn Breslin and Elyssa Durr, is one of only two JROTC Mounted Color Guards in the nation. This unit has participated in multiple southern Arizona parades.B Troop would normally participate in the National Cavalry Competition at El Reno, Oklahoma, but this year it was canceled.“Due to the Coronavirus-19, competitions are canceled,” said Chris Zimmerman, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) program coordinator. “We decided to hold a competition for our own riders.”The competition helps maintain the riders’ training, teamwork and horsemanship skills, and provides a boost in morale, he added. Events included military field jumping, a saber and pistol course, and combat horsemanship.Zimmerman was the lead judge for the nine competitors.Members of the Fort Huachuca community were invited to watch the competition while practicing social distancing on the parade field.“What made the day great was the community presence,” Gonzalez said.Soldiers from B Company, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion provided essential ground support making this event possible.# # #Fort Huachuca is home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command and more than 48 supported tenants representing a diverse, multiservice population. Our unique environment encompasses 964 square miles of restricted airspace and 2,500 square miles of protected electronic ranges, key components to the national defense mission.Located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is an Army installation with a rich frontier history. Established in 1877, the Fort was declared a national landmark in 1976.We are the Army’s Home. Learn more at