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Gary Chandler (with the assistance of Mark Campbell) put on a Firearm Training Day at the Big Game Shooters Clubhouse at the SSAA Shooting Range in Little River. The event was specifically aimed at Reenactors and was attended by members of the Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop, the Australian Great War Association and the Ballarat Living History Federation. The morning was spent undergoing a training course for those who wished to apply for their Longarm or Handgun Licences. After lunch the fun began, with participants able to test fire a selection of handguns (from WW1 to modern), Lee Enfield .303s and Black Powder Muzzle Loaders. A good time was had by all and it is hoped that more of these collaborative events may be held in the future.
It is with great sadness that we recently had to say goodbye to Miserable. Had had been a valued Troop horse for a long time and will be sadly missed. He is probably running wild in heaven, with St Peter unable to catch him either.
Once we had sorted out which banner went where, the day went very smoothly. Luckily, unlike previous years, the weather was glorious- sunny and warm. Also, unlike last year, no-one fell off! Thanks to everyone who braved the early start to come and participate. And also, big thanks to Neil Decker and the rest of our support crew.
Riders: Martin Godwin, Daves Rees, Matthew Leggot, Mark Campbell, Michael Whitehead, Dawn Manning, Maggie Koene, Jessie Koene, Suzi Koene, Tammy, Keith Day, Jenny Kilbourne.
Walkers: Gary Chandler and Chase Day.
Once again the Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop had a display at the Ballarat Arms and Militaria Fair. Mark Campbell, Michael Whitehead, Keith Day, Chase Day, Charlie Day, Gary Chandler and others came along and helped to “man” the display. Sadly, none of us thought to take any photographs.
Dave Rees, Keith Day, Chase Day, Charlie Day, Bruce McClean, Faye Threlfall and Geoff Threlfall all attended the commencement ceremonies to kick off the upcoming Centenary Celebrations in Bacchus Marsh. This event in articular focused on the ‘Avenue of Honour’. Dave brought along his impressive collection of WW1 Lighthorse items and the display attracted a lot of interest. The rest spent time mingling with the crowd and adding authentic flavour to the event. We even met former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.
Mark Campbell, Jessie Koene, Matthew Leggot, Lynne Koene, Dave Reese (& son), Michael Whitehead, Chase Day, Bruce McClean, Dawn Manning, Maggie Koene and Ruth Lawrence all made the early start to attend the Boer War Commemoration Service at the Shrine in Melbourne. The parade went well, but the horses were a little fractious during the service. The traditional cannon fire also added some excitement to the proceedings as well.
Suzi Koene, Alex Chandler, Gary Chandler, Eddie Koene, Ashleigh Thomas, Aiden and Dawn Manning attended a post ANZAC Day ceremony at the Ballarat Specialist School. A highlight was Suzi playing the trumpet. The kids absolutely loved it and we merited a lovely mention in the school newsletter.
We were very honoured to receive an invitation from Tabcorp Park to take a couple of horses along to their evening Race Meet on the Friday after ANZAC Day. Dean Lewis, Alex Chandler and Gary Chandler attended. Gary did an interview with the course announcer which would have been broadcast on the Racing Channel. Meanwhile, Alex and Dean enjoyed riding around the racetrack. The Troop have a long association with the Standardbred breed and it would be good to have an ongoing relationship with HRV and TabCorp Park. This was a good start.
Mark Campbell, Dean Lewis, Jayne Howley, Jenny Kilbourn and David Rees made the long (and early) trip down to Melbourne to ride in the ANZAC Day Parade. The event went well with the horses behaving themselves. There was some confusion with the organisers as to where the horses were supposed to fit into the parade, but then Barry Ingram stepped in and sorted it out and they were placed near the 4/19th Association.
Tim Chamberlain and Wayne Rigg attended the ANZAC Day parade in Willaura. The horses were very well received and greatly enjoyed by the spectators, and the organisers would be interested in having Troop members in attendance in the future.
In addition, some really great photos were obtained.