The 'Garryowen' Equestrienne Turnout (dressage) is the most prestigious turnout event in Australia and is open to lady riders, or Equestriennes, 18 years and over. It was introduced in 1934 in memory of the late Violet Murrell and her beloved Show hack, Garryowen, when she died trying to save it in a stable fire at her Mentone home.
The illustrated plaque giving the history of the memorial.
The Purple Cross Society was formed in 1915 to alleviate the suffering of troop horses sent overseas during World War One. After that war, their service extended to provide care for horses that served essential roles in civilian life. They provided many street-side drinking troughs for working horses.
As a pre-teenager, I can recall seeing the horse trough in Balcombe Road Mentone, adjacent to the railway station. In 1970 it was removed for a car park and was relocated at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
In 1994, it was returned to Mentone and installed in the gardens on Como Parade on the western side of the station.
Thanks Neil, I am aware of the Garryowen award and Violet Murrell as I have lived in Mentone for the last 40 years. What I didn't know was the placement of the horse drinking trough. I will visit over the weekend so thank you of the post telling history. You might like to visit Braeside Park and follow the history of Phar Lap and his trainer. Regards David