In the remote community of Ntaria/Hermannsburg it’s hard getting teens to school. But the principal had an idea – there are a lot of wild horses up that way, and they have always been part of community life – so she invited an experienced horseman and his family to begin a horse riding program at the school. It worked. Young men and women started turning up, learning about horses, learning about life.
The horseman, Chris Barr, was looking for a big project for the students to aim for every year. He found it in the annual Aranda Ride for Pride. Students would ride their wild-caught bush horses 125km from Ntaria to Alice Springs to take part in the Anzac Day parade through the town. The purpose? To honour the forgotten indigenous men of the Light Horse Regiments of WW1.
It was a huge hit. Every year from 2015 to 2018 numbers kept increasing. In 2017 some of the students went to Israel to celebrate the centenary of the Charge of Beersheba. Then bureaucracy killed the program.