On August 3 and 4, members of the 10th Light Horse Bunbury troop led the 10th Light Horse Bridle Trail’s official re-opening ride. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the 10th Light Horse Regiment’s return to Western Australia in 1919 – five years after World War One began.
The 10th Light Horse Regiment was the only Australian Imperial Force – Light Horse Regiment to be recruited from WA in WWI. The regiment also patrolled the South-West coast during WWII. In honour of the regiment and its efforts, the original trail was first opened on October 15, 1989.
The Trail …
The newly reopened trail stretches over 56 kilometres from Binningup in the south to Island Point, Mandurah. Vineyard 28 is approximately half way along this trail.
On Saturday the 3rd August, Vineyard 28 was pleased to welcome all the riders and support crews. Many camped overnight on our neighbour’s farm, so that they could complete the trail ride the following day. It was great to see riders and horses arrive. We even had the army here, along with a great display of military vintage vehicles. The day finished with a traditional Aussie BBQ of sausages in bread, washed down with a few wines.
Congratulations must go to the organisers, the Friends of the 10th Light Horse, and especially to Daniel McDonald for all his efforts and how well he kept us informed and involved.
Now that the trail is open, horse riders from around WA will be able to take advantage of the trail. There are a few places along the trail suitable for parking a float and going out for a ride to explore. Vineyard 28 is one such place where you can park the float securely, with prior notice, enjoy a ride, and then return for some wine tasting and a BYO picnic lunch. Another great location is the Old Coast Road Brewery, where you can tether your horse in the shade and partake of a meal and locally made brew.