Thundering hooves and flashing swords may not be part of modern warfare but Harry Ball and the 10th Light Horse Bunbury Troop hope to keep the history of Australia’s mounted infantry from becoming a distant memory.
Picture by David Bailey
Mr Ball and the rest of the troop are intent on preserving the memory of the LightHorsemen from the South West who fought in World War I.
The Troop will perform a musical ride for the Bunbury Horse and Country Music Show this weekend.
Mr Ball said the musical ride was a tradition which had its roots in the original 10th Light Horse Brigade and was performed at Claremont Showgrounds in 1914 on the eve of the brigade’s departure for the Middle East.
‘‘We hope we can express a bit of Australian history to people who aren’t from Australia or don’t know the history of the war,’’ he said.
Part of the performance at the show will include a speech about the history of the brigade as well as a recital of poems about the horses.
Mr Ball said the poems remembered the 215,000 horses from Australia which fought during the war.
The brigade holds special significance for the South West region with almost one third of the more than 600 soldiers who fought with the unit during World War I originating from the South West.
Mr Ball and the 20 other riders in the Bunbury Troop have painstakingly recreated the uniforms and kit of the original brigade with some genuine parts used.
The troop has crafted someof their own saddles and belts as well as replica rifles to complete the uniforms.
The 10th Light Horse Bunbury Troop will perform at the Horse and Country Music Show on Saturday at 10am and 2pm.