THE MIGHTY LIGHT HORSE RIDES AGAIN

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - TREN­TON AKERS

A CEN­TURY af­ter the orig­i­nal Light Horse Brigade se­cured a fa­mous vic­tory dur­ing World War I, a group of Queens­land kids is de­ter­mined to keep the flame burn­ing.

The young 11th brigade group will next week re-en­act the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba from 1917, in which 1000 Turk­ish ri­fle­men with nine ma­chine guns and two air­craft de­fended their land.

De­spite the rugged ter­rain, the Aus­tralian horse­men rode fast and man­aged to jump over en­emy trenches, un­set­tling the en­emy.

Emma Massey, 16, said the re-en­act­ment gave her an op­por­tu­nity to com­bine her love of horse rid­ing with Aus­tralian his­tory.

“I have trained ev­ery week­end for the past 10 weeks and I’d do more if I could,’’ she said.

“I love rid­ing and help­ing re­mem­ber the many Queens­land horse­men who rode in one of the most im­por­tant bat­tles of the First World War.”

New Re­cruit in­struc­tor Mar­cus Os­borne said he was pleased to see a new gen­er­a­tion of Queens­land chil­dren want­ing to fly the flag and hon­our the brave acts of pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions.

“These kids are de­ter­mined, ded­i­cated and dis­ci­plined. They feel very strongly about keep­ing the legend of Queens­land’s horse­men alive,” he said.

The re-en­act­ment of the mounted charge will be held at the Sun­set Ex­trav­a­ganza din­ner on Septem­ber 21, as part of the Win­ton Fes­ti­val. The com­mem­o­ra­tive ride in­cludes about 100 horses and rid­ers.

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