Friends and Family of the Forge,
It is with great disappointment, we announce that D Troop, our Horsemanship program, will not be offered in the fall of 2020.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, our forecasted enrollment of our horsemanship program in the 2020-21 academic year is extremely low. This and the lost revenue opportunities from the lack of outside users and events for the foreseeable future, has led us to the difficult decision to close this program indefinitely, and case the colors, for at least this upcoming academic year. Next summer we will evaluate the situation to determine if an extended program pause is necessary.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Maria Metz, the Director of Horsemanship, for her nearly a decade of service to the Horsemanship program. Also, thank you to our alumni, friends and families for all of your support in making D Troop such a beneficial program to so many cadets over the years.
The troops’ Guidon will be cased in a ceremony at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. The D Troop Guidon will be retired to the Valley Forge Military Academy and College museum for storing until the unit is activated again.
It was our sincere effort with this prestigious program for our cadets to develop the skill, grace, and competence required of the discipline of horsemanship and we know we were successful in our endeavors.
This decision was not made lightly but these strategic moves are meant to carry Valley Forge Military Academy and College forward in a time of great change. We sincerely hope to resurrect this beloved program as soon as we are able and will continue to keep you informed as the situation unfolds.
Colonel Stuart B. Helgeson
Valley Forge Military Academy and College