Each year the Friends of Bess Society organise a ride to the memorial cairn of "Bess".
Bess (originally "Zelma") was one of the only four horses to return to New Zealand, and the only horse to have left in the original 'main body' on October 16 1914
Over two days, 100 riders and their horses will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in North Canterbury.
If you are a direct descendent of any of our fallen soldiers please get in touch ASAP
All interested riders please confirm you want to attend this ride by emailing me, Terry King, 033142171, email@example.com.
10am: All riders and horses will meet at The Peaks Hall carpark, Hawarden (670 The Peaks Road, Hawarden), where the group will set up and train for the next day. This incudes settling horses in, setting up own accommodation in tent /camper / horse floats etc.
Lunch will be provided and following that there will be briefing meetings, a practice run through of the mounted formation, afternoon tea and then Uniform fittings / wardrobe checks all other wardrobe in The Peaks Hall.
6.30pm: Dinner served at The Peaks Hall
4.30 - 5.15am: Breakfast served for 300 PAX at The Peaks Hall. (Riders to bring own plate/mug/utensils)
5.30am: All horses and riders must be saddled and dressed and must be ready to go by 5.30am.
5.30 - 6am: Horses assemble in 4 x units and walk out in formation in front of the Memorial at The Peaks Hall for the 6am service.
6am: Full mounted 30 min Dawn Service at The Peaks Hall, immediately followed by departure on ride.
6.30am: Ride commences from The Peaks, 670 The Peaks Road, through Hawarden to 30-32 Princes St Waikari.
10.30am: Full ANZAC service in Waikari
12.30pm: Event ends