How city will keep memory of 11th Light Horse alive
KEEPING alive the memory and tradition of the Australian Light Horse falls to the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs members.
The Australian Light Horse were mounted troops of both cavalry and mounted infantry who became famous while serving in the Second Boer War and the First World War.
While these days the horses have been replaced by the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and Bushman vehicles, members of the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Association like president Kym Flehr and quartermaster Don Willey believe keeping the tradition alive is important.
"It's important to realise we're not some sort of Dad's Army that gets together on weekends, it's a lot more involved than that," Mr Willey explained.
"It's a tradition that needs to be kept alive.
"We have a lot of people involved in a range of ways not just those who ride the horses.
"We have a lot of women involved too and we're always looking for more members."
Horse enthusiasts, historians and simply those interested in the spectacle of horse events have the opportunity to see some spectacular riding and Light Horse re-enactments at the Toowoomba Showgrounds on Saturday when the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs hosts the QMI (Queensland Mounted Infantry) Challenge 2016.
"At the moment we have 42 riders coming from as far south as central New South Wales and as far north as Rockhampton," Mr Flehr said.
"No-one can remember seeing as many as 42 riders competing in the challenge.
"There are eight events starting with the spectacular Dummy Thrust at 8.30am on Saturday with events to go on throughout the day."
The Dummy Thrust involves teams on horseback jumping obstacles, thrusting swords into balloons and other horse disciplines.
Two ASLAV light armoured vehicles and personnel from 2/14 QMI will be on hand as well as military displays.
The competition will be in the cattle judging rings and people are urged to get there early for the Dummy Thrust but bring a picnic lunch as catering is limited.
Entry via gate four at the Toowoomba Showgrounds is free of charge to the public.