A New Year Equals a New Face for the Strathcona Mounted Troop
By Captain P.A. Buckingham
A number of large changes have occurred over the last year in Strathcona Mounted Troop. 12 experienced Riders departed the Troop to continue their training on the newly arrived Leopard 2A4M’s that recently deployed to the field on EX WARRIOR RAM. The Troop did receive a new group of young and eager soldiers who were all to willing to take on the challenges inherent in performing in a Mounted Troop. Consequently, a number of our soldiers had to step up and assume more responsibilities in the Troop. Cpl Adriano Bernardo has taken on the heavy task of Troop Master Corporal, providing guidance and supervision to the new members of the Troop. Cpl Travis Paskuski has become our saddle repair and leather working magician, working in conjunction with a saddle repair specialist to ensure the herd is properly kitted out. The Troop feels safe and sound with Cpl Ayerton Balfour at the helm concerning all things safety related.
The 11 new soldiers in the Troop are truly representative of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), as these men were all drawn from different Squadrons within the Regiment. For example, Tpr Kyle Fischer arrived in the Troop from Recce Squadron and immediately displayed an affinity to riding and continually utilizes this newfound ability to better himself and his peers. Head Quarters Squadron Transport Troop supplied the bulk of our perspective riders, including Tpr Geoff Wolfe whose determination has made him a proficient rider. One thing that has not changed is our Ride Master, Warrant Officer James Clarke, who remains in his position to oversee the training of the new Riders and continues to ensure the Troop produces a truly world-class Musical Ride.
Sadly, my time with the Strathcona Mounted Troop has come to an end. I count myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent my Regiment across Western Canada as a part of this unique Troop. The position has taught me the importance of planning, maintenance, and to not lean too far forward in the saddle, as things may change in an instant. Taking my position as the Mounted Troop Leader, will be the hardworking Lieutenant Corey McLean, previously from A Squadron, who I wish well in this unique and exciting position.