Spinifex chief executive Adam Barnard with Merv Wilson and Striker from the 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop Inc. Credit: Andrew Ritchie
The iconic 10th Light Horse is charging back to full regiment status.
Currently a squadron of about 100 personnel, an order has been made by the Chief of Army to create a second squadron to increase the size of the 10th Light Horse back to a regiment.
One of Australia’s oldest and best known cavalry units, the 10th Light Horse can trace its origins to 1900 when the order was given to raise the WA Mounted Infantry.
While the unit served in the Boer War, it was officially established as the 10th Light Horse Regiment in 1914.
The unit entered World War I at Gallipoli, then went on to fight in the Middle East including at Romani and Beersheba.
During World War II, the regiment’s main responsibility was to defend WA’s south-west coastline.
The unit later moved to using armoured vehicles but continued to also use horses, the last regiment in Australia to do so.
As part of these celebrations, Spinifex Brewing Co chief executive Adam Barnard, who served with the 10th Light Horse and was deployed to East Timor with the 2/14th Light Horse (Queensland Mounted Infantry) in 2000, will launch a commemorative low-alcohol beer.
“The idea came up in discussions with the 13th Brigade headquarters as Spinifex was preparing to launch a low-alcohol beer on the back of the success of our F88 lager,” Mr Barnard said.
Spinifex is already known for its support of Aussie veterans, donating 50 per cent of profits from the sale of its F88 lager to veteran mental health charities in each State – a campaign Mr Barnard started to honour his sister’s partner, who took their own life in 2006 after a tour of Afghanistan.
The lager now features in RSLs throughout Australia, including on tap at Perth’s The Anzac Club.
The artwork featured on the new Australian Light Horse Lager, titled Charge, was supplied by military artist Ian Coate.