Horse Owners asked to step out for ANZAC Day

With ANZAC day commemorative events cancelled, Horse SA has invited horse owners and their steeds to stand at the end of their driveway, to commemorate the sacrifices of humans and animals in war.

The idea of standing at the end of driveways will be the way to recognise this year’s ANZAC day, along with watching services online and lighting candles.

COVID-19 has resulted in the cancellation of ANZAC day commemoration events around the country, including the memorial service for horses, traditionally held each year in Adelaide. The ceremony, at the horse trough memorial, on the corner of North and East Terraces, Adelaide, is believed to be the only one of its type in the world.

The service, traditionally attended by The Barossa Light Horse Historical Association, is followed by the horses attending the traditional ANZAC day parade.

Martin Hilton, Barossa Light Horse Secretary, said: “While this year we will not be able to ride together as a troop, individually we will be on parade at our driveways to keep the memory of the Light Horse alive through this difficult time”.

This year, Horse SA is inviting all horse owners and their steeds to stand at the end of their driveway, perhaps mounted, led, or in a carriage. Equids including donkeys and mules also are recognised for their services in war, none more famous than ‘Simpson’s Donkey’ portrayed in a statue located in the Adelaide Parklands, opposite the entrance to the Adelaide Oval.

“We are inviting people to take a photo as a tribute to the ANZACS’ said Horse SA Chair, Dr Lisa McDonald, “to share this on social media and to tag Horse SA on Facebook or Twitter. It’s one way we can all recognise the services that animals, including horses, gave to our nation, and will provide horse owners and riders with an opportunity to pay their respects and feel connected to one another during this time of social restriction.”

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