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Remembering Bess the Horse

Join the Friends of Bess to remember New Zealand horses who served in the First World War.

Memorial to Bess, near Bulls.

Of the 3817 New Zealand horses that served during the war, only four returned home - including Bess. They and the thousands that never returned will be remembered at the Bess Memorial near Bulls on Anzac Day at 9 a.m.

Event details
Anzac Day Service
April 25 2016, 9 a.m.
Forest Road (Off Parewanui Road) Bulls

Remembering Bess
Bess, or Zelma, was one of only four New Zealand horses that eventually returned from the First World War.
The Friends of Bess are hoping to publish an information book on Bess for WW100, and to improve the Memorial to Bess site for better public access and protection from the elements if funding can be obtained.

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2016 service details
2016 ride poster
Press release about the 2016 event
Press release about the 2016 event
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Date added: 05 October 2012 | Last updated: 27 April 2016