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 past 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 2017 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 Gold's 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 lunches or 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 12th.
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, except for 2018, when it will be the second Friday, May 11th. During the evening we 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. Please mark your diaries for the 11th of May.
The 2017 Gold's Dragoons Polo Cup final game against Squadron A of New York City 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. We offered free champagne to divot stompers and also prizes for best tailgate and ladies' hat. Click on the tab above to see contestants and winners.
The formal 2017 polo dinner dance, which is also our Annual 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 Gold's 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 Guest Night tab.
We offered a repeat of the dinner dance traditions established in past years; 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 Gold Dragoons Polo Cup was filled with the proceeds and all polo players, past and current - as well as foxhunters - were required to imbibe, followed by all uniformed members of Gold's Dragoons.
2017 marked 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 separate access link for the Golds account will be emailed to all members for each event. If you do 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 - Fort Hamilton, NYC
February 2nd, Victorian Military History Dinner - Newport, R.I.
February 2nd, Gold's Court Tennis tournament - Newport, R.I.
April tba, Princeton Off. Soc. dinner , Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ
May 11th, Gold's Dragoons Nominating Dinner - Westport, Ct (NOTE CHANGE)
May 12th, 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's 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