It’s show time at Mt Perry

Horse­men ride to keep skills alive

Central and North Burnett Times - - MOUNT PERRY SHOW - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

THE 5th Aus­tralian Light Horse Reg­i­ment will demon­strate skills used in the First World War to Mount Perry show-go­ers.

The hour-long demon­stra­tion, sched­uled to begin at 2pm, will start with a drill, sec­re­tary Shirley Chap­man said.

“The drill is to get the horses work­ing to­gether in dif­fer­ent ma­noeu­vres – such as half-sec­tions, sec­tions and troop lines – to get them work­ing in close quar­ters,” Ms Chap­man said.

“They will do a dummy run... to knock the heads off the first two dum­mies and stab the last fel­low.

“This is to rep­re­sent charg­ing at the en­emy and killing him.”

The demon­stra­tion may also in­clude tent peg­ging, jumps to rep­re­sent jump­ing the trenches, bal­loon bust­ing and skill at arms.

“In tent peg­ging, mem­bers come along with sword or lance and pick up (pegs in the ground), which rep­re­sents drop­ping the en­emy tent,” she said.

In skill at arms, mem­bers need to col­lect a two-inch ring suspended from a gal­lows and a peg placed in line with this, “with­out los­ing any­thing”.

Ms Chap­man said other skills, such as dis­mount for ac­tion and res­cue, would not be per­formed un­til new

Sec­re­tary Shirley Chap­man: We’re very ded­i­cated and determined to keep it go­ing as long as we can.

mem­bers had learnt the re­quired skills.

The 5th Light Horse Reg­i­ment was re­formed in Gympie in 1988 by “pre­vi­ous light horse­men who wanted to keep the equip­ment, mem­ory and skill alive for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions”, she said.

“There are some similarities with dres­sage in terms of ma­noeu­vres.

“We’re very ded­i­cated and determined to keep it go­ing as long as we can.

“Once it dies out, it won’t be back again.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MISS SHOW­GIRL: Rochelle Brooks will be of­fi­cially sashed at the Mt Perry Show at 10am on April 18.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

LIGHTHORSE IN AC­TION: Mem­bers of the Gympie Light Horse troop showtheir skills to the Biggen­den State School stu­dents at their An­zac Day ser­vice on Thurs­day.

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