It’s show time at Mt Perry
Horsemen ride to keep skills alive
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.”
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