Horse Administration Bureau
&
Horse-Related Badges
Although many of the following badges are cavalry related, there was a Horse Administration Bureau in Japan, and some
medals are related to that.
The Horse Administration Bureau was an official government agency aimed at improving the breeding of war horses for the
empire. The department existed from 1906 to 1923, and then again from 1936 to 1945, when it was abolished. In the first
period it was a separate government department; in the 2nd period it was under the control of the Army Ministry and the
Ministry of Agriculture.
Inscribed '12th National Student Horse Skills, Athlete Competition
Participation Badge, Great Japan Cavalry Association.'
Dated [Imperial Year] 2600 [1940].
Horse rider badge

Inscribed 'All Japan Horse Riding Skills Competition,
[Imperial Year] 2594 [1934], Sponsored by Narashino
Horse Association.'

Narashino, located in Chiba, was the site of a major IJA
Cavalry base, which now is the JGSDF Camp Narashino.
'Kanazawa Horse Riding Association.' No case.
An Army star is in the design, so this group was probably affliated
with the military. Taisho era?
Watch fob with a nicely detailed design in high relief.
Inscribed '11th National Student Horse Skills Competition, Kansai Student Horse
Riding Federation, Showa 10 [1935].
Watch fob with a nicely detailed design in high relief.
Inscribed '12th National Student Horse Skills Competition, Kansai Student Horse
Riding Federation, Showa 11 [1936].
Bronze horse breeding badge. Somewhat large. Diameter 5.2 cm.
'Prize Horse, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kitadaima District, Horse and Cow Breeding Association.'
Official prize from the Japanese government. Large, heavy Horse Administration Bureau award dated Taisho 10 [1921]. This award was to be tied around the
neck of the horse, not the person. It is thick and well-made. This is the first class prize, and it seems to be a gold gilt metal. There is some tarnishing, as you
can see.

Somewhat large. Diameter: 6 cm. THICKNESS: 0.5 cm.

'First Prize, Taisho 10 [1921], Horse Administration Bureau.'
Large, heavy Horse Administration Bureau award
dated 1915. This award was to be tied around the neck
of the horse, not the person. It is thick and well-made.
This is the third class prize, and it seems to be made of
bronze.
Watch fob.

Inscribed  '[Imperial Year] 2600 [1940]. Kyoto Horse Riding Skills Association, 16th  
Tournament, League of the Kyoto Students Riding Society.'
'Narashino Horseback Riding Tournament, Showa 7 [1932].'
'Narashino Horseback Riding Tournament, Showa 8 [1933].'
'Narashino Horseback Riding Tournament Participation Badge.'
'Showa 11 [1936] Tokyo Cavalry Skills Tournament Participation Badge.'
Rare badge from the Horse Administration Bureau.

Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2600 [1940] Celebration, Imperial Japan War Horse Exhibition and
Race Tournament, Led by the Horse Administration Bureau.'
The remaining lines of text show the various sponsors of the event.

Fairly large badge. Length, including the suspension bar: about 6 cm.
Rare Horse Skills Award Badge from the
Horse Administration Bureau. This is the
3rd Class badge--large, thick and heavy.

The document shows that Sakai Tomojiro
(from Ishikawa Prefecture, Rokushima
District, Takakai Village) had a horse that
won the third prize. Dated Meiji 43 [1910]
April 14. The medal is also inscribed with
this year.

No case shown, but the remnants of the
fitted interior are here.

NOTE: The medal itself weighs about 160
grams, measures about 6 cm diameter and
0.5 cm thick.
Inscribed 'Participation Commemorative
Badge, 3rd National Youth Horse Riding
Tournament. [Sponsored by] Tokyo Hibi
Newspaper Company.'
Inscribed 'Imperial Year
2590 [1930] 8th Kanto
Horse Riding Tournament.
Meiji Shrine Celebration
Association.'
Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2593 [1933] Gakushuin University.'
Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2589 [1929] 7th Kanto Horse Riding
Tournament, Participation Badge. Sponsored by Kanto Student Horse
Riding Association.'
Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2592 [1932] 10th Anniversary of the Founding
of the Kanto Horse Riding Association.'

Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2592 [1932]
Gakushuin University, Horse Riding Club.'
Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2589 [1929] 5th
National Student Horse Riding
Tournament.' It looks like the award
winner's name was on a plaque under
the medal, but the plaque has been
removed.

With this medal was a business card. It
reads 'Narashino Cavalry, 15th
Regiment, 1st Company, Ishiwada
Bunnosuke. Chiba Prefecture Kimitsu
District, Tenjinyama Village.'
Nice military design showing a soldier on horseback. Rocks
on the ground? On the back are clouds in the classical style.

The reverse reads '
14th Division. Horse Riding Regiment.'

Diameter about 3 cm.
LEFT: The obverse has an Army star, horseshoe, and horse.
Inscribed on the reverse 'Taisho 2 [1913] October. Cavalry Special
Maneuvers. Participating: Cavalry 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Brigades,
Imperial Guard Cavalry Regiment, Cavalry 1st and 2nd Regiments.'

RIGHT: This is a locket-style badge. The design shows a soldier on
horseback, charging. It is inscribed on the obverse: 'Conquer
Russia Commemorative' and has some sort of poem that I cannot
read.