Lighthorses to feature at Greenbushes Anzac ceremony

THREE riders on horseback will recreate the era of the Light Horse Brigade at the Greenbushes Anzac Day Dawn Service next month.

The riders, who are members of the Bunbury Light Horse Troop, will lead the march from the Greenbushes RSL Hall along Blackwood Road to the War Memorial at Thomson Park.

One of the horses, ow ned by Sandra Hall from Peacemaker Stud at Newlands, is a descendant of the ancient "Waler" bloodline bred for Light Horse Brigades in World War I and World War II.

"These heritage horses, often a mix of Arab, Clydesdale or Brumby, have a fabulous nature and while not fast they are very strong with lots of bone structure," Ms Hall said.

The Waler breed is known for its strength, endurance and weight bearing capacity and was noted for carrying guns, ammunition and swords in war time.

Ms Hall said the horses and riders who will lead the parade at Greenbushes will be wearing parade regalia.

"I will be seated on a 100 year old saddle that was used in World War I and the bridles we use are also very similar to those used in the war."

Ms Hall said she was part of a movement to try and rescue the Waler bloodline. She breeds them on her property at Newla nds.

"The Walers are ideal riding horses and their popularity is growing as more people hear about them and the role they played in the war," Ms Hall said.

The Greenbushes Anzac Day commemoration will commence at the RSL Hall on Blackwood Road at 5.50am with a march to the War Memorial.

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