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About Us



New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc. (NCMT) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and charitable youth organization in New Canaan, Connecticut.  Founded in 1939 by horsewoman and author Margaret Cabell Self, NCMT is the last remaining unit of the Junior Cavalry of America.    Children ages 7 to 17 are enrolled in a ten month Full Cadet Program that offers a rich curriculum in equine care, hunt seat riding, and showmanship. Summer Camp, Therapeutic Programs and Adult Riding Programs are also offered.

Mission Statement

New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc. (NCMT) is devoted to building leadership, responsibility and confidence in youth through sound horsemanship.  It provides a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that emphasizes teamwork and follows a curriculum focused on horsemanship and equine care instruction. All activities are conducted in a family atmosphere that encourages participation in community service, a feature rooted in the history of the organization.

A unique feature of NCMT is that we rely entirely on donated horses and ponies for all our programs. All horses and ponies are owned by NCMT and are shared among riders. The majority of horses and ponies have come to us because either their owners could no longer care for them, or they retired from respectable show careers.  Our horses and ponies receive a second lease on life, as teachers to our cadets.  Captain Hailey Miller recently described NCMT as "giving horses a second chance so kids can have a first."

photos by Jeanna Shepard

The Facility

NCMT has a new, state-of-the-art facility featuring a 140’ x 200’ outdoor ring, a 72’ x 160’ indoor ring with dust-free footing and climate-controlled viewing room, 30 stalls (10’ x 10’ and 10’ x 12’), heated horse bathing and grooming stations, several all-weather turnout paddocks for year-round turnout, grass paddocks, climate-controlled tack room, climate-controlled locker room, handicapped-accessible bathrooms, horse l

aundry facilities, a climate-controlled learning center suitable for lectures and meetings.

As part of our initiative to be more eco-friendly, the facility boasts a geothermal heat pump, which uses natural heat from the earth and groundwater to heat and cool the barn.

photographs by Jeanna Shepard Photography


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