Gold's Dragoons

Gold's Dragoons 1660-1777
Fairfield County Hunt Club
Gold's Dragoons 1932 - 1945
Gold's Dragoons 1945 - Present Day
Mess Rules and Traditions
Annual Guest Night
Muster Roll
Affiliated Units
The Carron Dinner Fund
PoloTailgate and Hat Competions
Sporting Clays
Court Tennis
Historical Weapons Contest
Mess Dress

Photo by Chris Greer
Nominating Dinner, 2016. Master of Horse David Loda displays dragoon tactics to members and guests

This is the website of Gold's Dragoons, Inc. which was raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1660 as a British colonial militia unit to fight the Dutch and Pequots. The raising of the troop was confirmed under a Royal Charter of King Charles II in 1662. A successor volunteer Connecticut reserve force cavalry unit of the same name was re-raised in 1932, from members of the Fairfield Hunt Club.
The aim of the site is to perpetuate the memory of Gold's Dragoons and its members, past and present, who have joined together over the years to celebrate the spirit of military service in the United States and British Commonwealth. Gold's Dragoons is not a charity and no payment for any of our events is tax-deductible.
Our congratulations to the Father of The Regiment, Piper Gordon Wheeler, who was 100 years old on June 18th, 2017.
We announce with great regret the death on November 13th this year of our long time member, Captain Tom Hudner, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, aged 93. He had been honored by having a navy ship named for him - the USS Thomas Hudner - which was launched in April this year in Bath, Maine. The date of Tom's interment in the Arlington National Cemetery will be communicated to members of Gold's Dragoons when determined and we hope a suitable number will be able to attend to mark the passing of a magnificent warrior and one of nature's gentlemen.
Members of Gold's Dragoons are authorized to wear the scarlet, blue and gold mess dress that continues the scarlet drill uniform worn by troopers in the 1930s and also honors the hunt colors of the Fairfield County Hounds. We encourage the wearing of trews in the Black Watch or Hunting Stewart tartan of our patron, King Charles Stewart in either mess dress or black tie. For details click on the Mess Dress tab.
Gold's holds a number of sporting clays shoots each year, of which two, in the spring and fall, under the guidance of our shooting captain, Hugh Schoelzel, have formal dinners and trophy awards are contested. The spring shoot for 2017 was held on May 6th at the Orvis Sandanona grounds in Millbrook, NY. The fall 2017 shoot was held in the same location on October 14th. For photographs and trophy winners click on the Sporting Clays tab. The Spring 2018 shoot will be held on May 5th.
Our 2017 Annual Nominating Dinner was held on Friday, May 5th and seventeen new members were inducted into the troop. Please note that the dinner has reverted to the historical first Friday in May. We were addressed by General Howard Yellen in a talk entitled "My Twenty Years in SOF and the Future Defense Expansion". During the evening we also marked the centenary of the US entry into World War I with pipes and drums and songs of that era. For details on trophies awarded at the 2017 Nominating Dinner, click on the Awards/Speakers tab.
The 2017 Gold's Dragoons Polo Cup final game was played on Sunday, August 29th, at the Fairfield Hunt Club, and Gold's Dragoons retained the cup with a final score of 6 - 4. Photographs of the 2017 game can be found by clicking on the Polo tab. 
The formal 2017 polo dinner dance, which is also our Annual Ladies Guest Night, was held at the Fairfield Hunt Club, on Saturday, August 26th. All tickets were sold in advance of the cut off date. Members of Golds Dragoons  know that we are close to capacity in almost all our events, so a prompt response is needed to avoid disappointment. Photographs from the 2017 dinner can be found on the Annual Guest Night tab when posted.
We offered a repeat of the dinner dance traditions established last year; the delivery of the troop guidon to the mess president at the gallop by Master of Horse, David Loda, a piping recital by the Gold's Dragoons duty piper, Terence McGovern, and dancing by the ever popular Johnny Morris orchestra. Under the tutelage of Polo Secretary Bill Harris we doubled up on the sabrage this year with two bottles  of champagne being opened by sabers wielded by Phillip Teuscher and our gifted soloist, Gretchen Tucker. The polo cup was filled and all polo players, past and current - as well as foxhunters - were required to imbibe, followed by all uniformed members of Gold's Dragoons.
This year marks the 85th anniversary of Gold's Dragoons being  mustered into the Connecticut militia as a cavalry troop. To mark the occasion we were entertained at dinner by the classically trained Miss Gretchen Tucker singing favorites from the 1930s and 1940s Big Band era. Miss Tucker also sang the National Anthem a capella at the polo cup final the following day.
Having dispensed with quill pens and inkwells many years ago we are happy to announce that Golds Dragoons has entered the digital age for payments for all future events. While checks will still be valid for the near future we prefer that all members use the Golds PayPal account, either by paying through their own PayPal account or by credit or debit card. The access link for the Golds account has been emailed to all members. If you did not receive it that means we don't have your current email address - please forward via the email address below.

 Formal events for Gold's Dragoons in 2018 include:
   January 20th, VCA mess dinner - NYC
   February 2nd, Victorian Military History Dinner -  Newport, R.I.
   February 3rd morning, Gold's Real Tennis Tournament, Newport
   April tba, Princeton Off. Soc. dinner , NJ
   May 4th, Gold's Dragoons Nominating Dinner - Westport, Ct
   May 5th, Gold's Spring clays shoot and lunch, Sandanona, NY
   June tba, Bristol British Motorcar Festival dinner, R.I.
   June tba, Princeton Officers Society Ladies Guest Night, NJ 
   August 25th, Gold's Dragoons Annual Guest Night - Westport
   August 26th, Gold's Dragoons Polo Cup match - Westport
   September tba, The British Invasion of Stowe,Vt,
    September tba, the Rolls Royce Owners/Gold Dragoons dinner
   October tba, Squadron A "First Tuesday" mess dinner, NYC
   October tba, Fall Shoot Orvis, Millbrook, NY
   November 25th, tba, Evacuation Day ceremony, Bowling Grn, NYC 
   December tba, Squadron A annual Christmas Party - NYC
   December tba, Princeton Off. Soc. Ladies Guest Night, NJ
   December tba, Sheldon's Horse Brunch, Hartford, Ct         

John Woods Conlin
Mess President
Gold's Dragoons

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