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July 23, 2017

“Did modern equestrianism start in Adelaide?” – not just any sort of horse riding and training, but the thinking,  kinder ‘kind’ of horsemanship, coupled with two other critical elements for any success; vision and excellence.

Perhaps, for the era, kinder horse training in Australia started right here in Adelaide in the 1860’s at the SA Mounted Cadre, when Commissioner George Hamilton wrote an Appeal for the Horse. Visionary for its time, as in those days no RSPCA existed and most horses worked for a living.  

Alongside the work horses, the social riding scene was well patronized, including the Royal Adelaide Show (est.1836),  the Adelaide Polo Club (est.1886),  Adelaide Riding Club (est.1930), the Turf Club of SA (est.1838), and the Adelaide Hunt Club (est.1840).

Around this time, Light Horse troops were also formed, trained and sent to battle in Egypt, Palestine and Gallipoli. The trough and Obelisk a lasting memorial to their bravery. Located on the corner of North & South Terrace...

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