THE MIGHTY LIGHT HORSE RIDES AGAIN
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.