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Light Horse Re-enactors (?) at Tamworth.

Date: 1/28/2002
Time: 10:37:11 PM
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I travelled to Tamworth on Australia Day to watch the 'cavalcade' in that city's Australia Day and Country Music Festival. I was more than interested in the Light Horse detachment in the 'cavalcade', and I ask the wider and more knowledgeable reading audience of this Discussion if there are any guidelines applicable to Light Horse re-enactors when they are in the eye of the public. The first thing I noticed was the range in the ages of the riders. I was under the impression that re-enactors attempt to authentically and historically accurately portray the era they are representing. Am I wrong in saying that Light Horse enlistees of World War One (and post services) were required to be aged 18 to 44. One of the re-enactors had a full beard and there was a lady in tight bottle green riding jodphurs, khaki shirt and slouch hat riding with them. Were women allowed in the Light Horse? Were beards allowed in the Light Horse? Some of the riders had the number 12 on their saddle cloths. Was this allowed as well in times gone by? I also came acroos a copy of the LHA's book "From the Saddlebag to ...... something" in one of the bookshops. I balked when I saw the price of the book being $42.90, a lot of money for what information there is in it! I wonder how many copies have been sold. They (?) were also selling raffle tickets to raise money for a bronze statue to the Waler horse to be erected in Anzac Park, Tamworth. Were all the horses sent overseas Walers? Is the Waler a breed or a type of horse? What were the 'specifications' of the horses sent overseas, and how many were sent?

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