LIVING HISTORY: Mother and daughter team Maree Skillington on 'Prince' and Nikki Olzard on 'Flash' of the 5th Light Horse Re-Enactment thrill crowds at the 2019 Callide Valley Show.
LIVING HISTORY: Mother and daughter team Maree Skillington on 'Prince' and Nikki Olzard on 'Flash' of the 5th Light Horse Re-Enactment thrill crowds at the 2019 Callide Valley Show. Glen Porteous

Show has our history pegged in skilled ride

THE thundering of horses hooves, excellent horsemanship and Australian history was on display at the 2019 Callide Valley Show.

The 5th Light Horse Regiment Mount Morgan Troop put on a historical re-enactment of bayonet charges and sword lancing tent pegs at full gallop battle charge in full historical battle dress.

One of the four riders was 14-year-old Nikki Olzard had a historical link of her own with the Australian Light Horse mounted troops.

Her forefather, Henry Skillington, was at the legendary charge of Beersheba when the 4th and 12th Australian Light Horse launched one of the last great cavalry charges and took the enemy held town.

Now more than 100 years later, Nikki is keeping history alive.

"I enjoy the horse riding, the challenge of tent pegging with a sword or a lance,” Ms Olzard said.

"It is fun and very sporting to do and a great way to keep the memory of the Light Horse alive and its strong ties to Anzac Day.”

Crowds at the show were treated to the skill and class of the riders and enjoyed the shows the riders put on over the weekend.

Nikki's mum Maree Skillington's mount 'Prince' has a lineage to a famous horse called 'Midnight' that was at Beersheba on that fateful day.

"I grew up on the back of a horse, riding a lot, and this is a great way to pay our respects to current serving men and women of the defence force,” Ms Skillington said.

Paul Johnston, who comes from Biloela, said going to rural shows like Callide Valley was a great way to share military history.

"These rural regions have a link not just to the Light Horse but Australian military history and these shows are a great way to bring it to life for them,” Mr Johnston said.

"It's great to see the younger people interested in the Light Horse and we encourage them to join in if they want to be a part of it.”


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