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Kohatu Ride to Remember

Labour Weekend – Sunday 21st October, 2018

Rory Arnold rode in the 10th (Nelson) squadron of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles; his mother Jane described the story of his leaving their home, on the Korere Straight, for the War in 1914. “Rory waved to me as he went out our gate”, she said. “Then I watched him ride away on his horse until he came to the spot that was the last place on the road that he could see our home. Then he turned his horse, rose in the stirrups and waved to me. I knew I would never see him again”. That last wave would have been from about a kilometre away.

How many times was this story played out around New Zealand as our young men flocked to the call to arms? As a lead-up to the Tapawera Armistice Weekend event, and to commemorate these young men and their horses, the NZ Mounted Rifles Charitable Trust are travelling up from Canterbury to lead a Ride to Remember this Labour Weekend, on Sunday 21st October 2018.

Local ANZAC Horses troop will join the NZ Mounted Rifles Historical Troop on the ride to the Kohatu War Memorial. The ANZAC Horses  will join the Historical Troop on Saturday 20th of October to train together and any local riders who wish to take part in the event are welcomed to attend.

Mark Appleton, who leads the NZ Mounted troop, will come to Nelson prior to the event to meet interested riders and to see the route the ride will take.

Email [email protected] or phone Sarah on 027 341 7820 if you would like to join this very special ride.

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