ALHA "Association Cup" 2009
The Australian Light Horse Association
held its annual “Association Cup” on June 20-21, 2009.
Around 22 horses turned up from Pine Rivers Troop, CQLH -
Central Queensland Light Horse, QMI - Queensland
Mounted Infantry Toowoomba 11th Regt and the
Lockyer Light Horse Troop who hosted the event.
The special guest judge was Sgt Peter
Leahy from Norforce Australian Army. They use Stock Horses
to help patrol parts of our Northern border. His wide
experience and expertise was much appreciated. A great
weekend had by all at the Emu Gully facility in Helidon.
Lockyer Troop A - On the
far right is Jimmy out of our mare Penta Bonny
Lockyer Troop A - Section of four jumping course
Lockyer Troop B - 2nd in Best Presented and Drill
Emugully Rustic out of our mare Penta Dana - 2nd from right,
Indee Topic sire of our 2006/2007 foals - on far right
Best presented and drill:
won by the
Lockyer Troop A.
Best Skill at Arms, (involved
tentpegging, sword and pistol to hit various targets, plus
jumping in sections and half section):
won by Pine
Best performed registered Australian Stock Horse:
won by Lynda
Rodgers on Penta Realistic (Jimmy), part of Lockyer Troop A.
Lynda on Jimmy about to shoot the balloon with pistol
Lynda with Penta Realistic (aka Jimmy) receiving the
Monty Perpetual Trophy and rug for the
Best performed Australian Stock Horse at the annual ALHA
Lynda on Jimmy carrying the dummy over
the obstacle course
Brad and Indee Topic taking a break
Success at the Ekka 2008
The Lockyer Light Horse troop was ably represented by a Section of
Four horses from Emugully Heritage Stockhorse Waler stud at the Ekka
this year. In an impressive field of 16 horses, all at the high
level of presentation you would expect competing in the Royal
Brisbane show, the four registered Australian Stockhorses owned by
the Emugully stud were impeccably turned out and can be proud of
their first performances in Troop and/or Police Horse classes
against a much more experienced line up.
In the Individual Turnout class marked on presentation and
authenticity of uniforms and riding gear, Anthony on Chief got
first, Brad on Jimmy got second, Janelle on Haydon Sun Charm got 3rd
and Lynda Rodgers on Booerie Creek Cavalier got 7th. It is
interesting to note that these last 2 horses are descended from the
sire of Midnight, a famous Waler horse killed in the Charge of
Beersheba in 1917 ridden by Lt. Guy Haydon and Haydon Sun Charm was
bred on the same station by the same family as Midnight and is an
excellent example of a heritage stockhorse or modern day Waler (as
are Jimmy and Cavalier). These same horses and riders also got 1st,
2nd, 4th and 5th in the Individual riding event, 1st and 2nd in the
Pairs event and 1st in the Section of Four event.
Emugully Section of Four.
Left to right: Chief, Jimmy, Sun Charm and Cavalier
2008 Ekka Best Troop Section
Haydon Sun Charm
Line up of all the troops after the classes with our
horses on the left
Light Horse Troop Mounts
One of the main priorities of our stud is to breed reliable, quality
mounts that are not only excellent stock horses, but are well suited
for use as mounts in ALHA activities. We have four staff members at
Emu Gully who are all members of the ALHA and are part of the 2nd
Light Horse Regiment Lockyer Troop based at Gatton. Even though many
of our mounts are only young (the oldest is our stallion at 5), all
of our horses, due to their sensible and calm temperaments combined
with a foundation of good training, consistently perform well in a
wide variety of disciplines.
We participate in many parades and re-enactments and our horses have
to be able to cope with crowds, traffic, bands, drill work,
unexpected and loud noises (eg canon fire and guns) as well as cope
with unusual environments eg being on the tarmac at RAAF Amberley
base for a publicity shot in front of the F111's. The horses also
need to be obedient and athletic to compete in the skills at arms
events, which involve activities like jumping over obstacles while
popping balloons with bayonets, charging dummies and cutting heads
off dummies with swords, as well as tent pegging.
Haydon Sun Charm
Indee Topic Tent pegging at the ALHA Qld games at Monto
Indee Topic at the Royal Brisbane Show 2006 as part of
the Waler riding display
Light Horse Troop
The Lockyer Troop which included Indee Topic and Haydon
Sun Charm (middle horses) won the Dale Robertson Trophy
for best presented and best drilled troop section at
2nd Light Horse Regiment Lockyer Troop in front of a
F111 at the Amberley RAAF base, (including 4 of our
Chief and Jimmy at the Toowoomba Heritage Rally ALHA
Penta Realistic and Indee Topic in front of an F111 at RAAF
The Emu Gully Section, Lockyer Valley Troop, jumping the "trenches"
for a Channel 9 TV show for the 90th Anniversary of the Charge of
Beersheba. On the right is Trooper Barry Rodgers on Haydon Sun
Charm, this re-enactment has special meaning with this horse as this
Heritage Australian Stock horse is related to the famous mare Haydon
Midnight killed jumping the trenches at Beersheba.
Emugully section over trench in re-enactment
of Charge of Beersheba
Our troop horses, left to right:
Sun Charm, Chief, Bushfire and Jimmy.
Sun Charm amidst a mock battle.