A path soldiers took

FOLLOWING IN SOLDIERS’ FOOTSTEPS: Horse riders Mark Walton, Heidi Walton (centre) and Bridget Waters, with Jake Milland in front, marched along Euroa’s Binney Street holding the eternal flame, as part of the Corryong Anzac Centenary Celebrations last week. The trio are making the 450km trek from Melbourne to Corryong. PHOTO: Anthony Cini

IT has been a long journey for three passionate horses and their riders but their 450km Anzac Day trek is expected to come to a close tomorrow at Corryong.

The 100 Year Ride Back, a pivotal event in the Corryong Anzac Centenary Celebrations, began last week at the Shrine of Remembrance, with riders Mark and Heidi Walton, as well as Bridget Waters, leaving Melbourne for a journey across Victoria with the eternal flame in hand.

Minutes after they left the shrine, Mark’s horse Jack got frightened of other road users and hit a passing truck, throwing Mark off and onto Punt Road.

Immediately after the accident, the Waltons ensured Jack got the best care and the horse had a well earned rest while another rode the rest of the journey.

Following the path of many of the World War 1 enlistees and returning soldiers and riding distances with those of a daily ride for the Light Horse, the riding trio travelled through Whittlesea, Benalla, Winton, Glenrowan, Wangaratta, Euroa and into Wodonga, before reaching their journey at Corryong.

The riders made their way into Euroa on Thursday afternoon, marching along Binney Street with local bagpiper Jake Milland leading the way.

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