The Waler, the Australian War Horse, legendary for their feats of endurance and courage in the desert campaigns and later in France with the Australian Light Horse has gone on to forge their place in the modern day Australian competition and pleasure equine scene.
WHSA Horses across the Country – ANZAC Day 2021
Walers around the country
Only one came back
Just one horse out of approximately 130,000 sent away to the First World War returned to Australia. According to Professor Ernest Scott, author of the volume of the official history dealing with the Australian home front, the sole exception was said to have been “the charger of General Bridges”, a horse known as Sandy.
Follow the link to find out more about Sandy.
Note from the WHSA Patron:
“On behalf of The Waler Horse Society of Australia Inc., I extend our deep condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip had shown a close interest in our success in establishing a breed of the iconic Australian Waler horse in Australia and he has corresponded with us over this.
“On a personal note, my wife. Judy, and I met Prince Philip at a reception in Rawalpindi, Pakistan when he was representing the Queen by attending the Pakistan Republic Day celebration in 1965, prior to the Indo-Pakistan War of September 1965. We found him most charming and interested why an Australian Army Officer and his Australian wife, working at the British High Commission, were in Pakistan at that time.
Capt Barrie M Newman RFD, ED
The Waler Horse Society of Australia Inc.
High Point Score Competition
WHSA’s High Point Score Competition will be running from July 1st 2020 to June 30th 2021 (with prizes) for the full 12 month competition.
2021 High Point Score Award forms are now available here
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Walers in the media
Read more on the Waler in this collection of media articles.