Mounted soldiers arrived as part of the British forces that came to New Zealand from 1840, and they were soon augmented by volunteer mounted units. When not at war, mounted soldiers practised the skills they needed at military tournaments and camps. The Lloyd-Lindsay competition appears to have been introduced to New Zealand by the 1890s (it was started in Britain by Colonel Sir James Lloyd-Lindsay in 1873). A team of four horsemen had to jump over a number of hurdles and fire their rifles in unison. Points were awarded for speed, accuracy and style. The Lloyd-Lindsay competition was also included in some A & P (agricultural and pastoral) shows, such as this 1906 one, when the No. 3 Waikato Mounted Rifles, pictured, won.
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