On November 24th the Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Lighthorse Memorial Troop came to Kingsway Christian College and the horses, riders and dog provided quite a spectacle as students arrived at school. The troop are made up of volunteers who spend their time promoting the inspiration and pride in, the Australian Light Horse, especially in relation to the great personal sacrifices made on the battlefield which enables us to enjoy the freedom we have today.
The hot conditions didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the students and they cheered the troop on as they demonstrated the mounted drill riding, ‘mail bag’ run, tent pegging with sword and trench jumping with dummies. The horses and riders finished with a replication of the charge of Beersheba and walked, trotted, cantered and galloped down the oval towards onlookers.
The event was part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba on the 31st October 2017. It was great timing as the grass on our oval has been killed off to make way for new turf to be laid.
At the end the students were able to take turns patting the patient horses. It was a unique experience for the students to have on their school oval and served to make them more aware of the story behind The Australian Lighthorse and their involvement in WW1.