Ray Kuhn on his mount Waler Shining Heart.
Ray Kuhn on his mount Waler Shining Heart. Georja Ryan

Light horse group keen to fundraise

THE 11th Light Horse Montrose Troop had their first training ride on Sunday, marching past delighted crowds of locals and visitors alike as they brought a slice of history to Palmerin St.

Riders Ray Kuhn, Joanne Gard, Julian Free, Mark Saunders and Liz Saunders accompanied by Dennis Smith, Jason Gard and Trish Kuhn on foot, strolled through the town, breaking at Leslie Park so locals could pat the horses and snap some memorable photos.

Member Jennifer Marshall said their presence was a welcomed one.

"A bus of tourists had stopped and alighted for a break at Leslie Park and were charmed by the surprise appearance or our Light Horsemen, and their cameras were clicking," Mrs Marshall said.

The troop will have another training ride up the main street this coming Sunday, and will again strut their stuff in the Warwick Rodeo Street Parade at noon on October 27, and in Leyburn on Remembrance Day.

While running a Light Horse troop is a rewarding and special operation, it doesn't come cheap.

The troop is having their first major fundraiser, with the winner to take home a framed limited edition print, The Light Horseman, by Warwick artist Ron Marshall.

Raffle tickets are available at the Rose City Shoppingworld management office and will be drawn on December 1 at the troop's first annual dinner at Warwick RSL.

"Fundraising to support our newly formed troop is imperative, especially as we aim to begin a Junior Troop with riders under 16years," Mrs Marshall said.

"Donations are always very welcome, and we would like to thank those folks who have already made donations.

"Our Troop membership fees are only $20 a year, so it is affordable for anyone in the community to become a troop member," she said.

"If you are a rider and interested in joining but feel you cannot at present afford the kit, please do not let this stop you - you are welcome to join us, and train for future parades.

"The troop is doing its best to support and encourage all its members, making the acquisition of equipment available and affordable."

For inquiries phone Trish and Ray Kuhn on 4661 7971.



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