Coldstream Riders Association are celebrating another hugely successful civic week, the only casualty being Friday’s gymkhana - a victim of the weather.
At the closing ceremony in Henderson Park, on Saturday evening when the Coldstreamer handed back the burgh standard and sash all three principles handed back the riding crops presented to them for the ride-outs by Coldstream Riders Association, chairman of the association, Victoria Dickson said: “It has been fantastic and a huge well done has to go to our chief marshall Garry Lees, ex-chief marshall Martin Sturrock and ex-Coldstreamer Les Turnbull for the great routes.
“These routes would not have been as good as they were if it wasn’t for the help and co-operation from the local farmers and landowners. We are very lucky, they go out of their way to help in any way possible.
“I must give some special thanks to Colin McGregor for the use of The Lees and also his land we ride across and to his workers who sorted out the parking on Thursday. Thank you to The Niell family for Branxton Hill and also a lot of the land we ride across on Flodden Day.”
Victoria went on to pay tribute to the Coldstream Pipe Band, Border Search and Rescue and mounted marshals, Police Scotland and the ex-Coldstreamers for their contribution towards making the 2014 Coldstream ride-out so successful.
Speaking about the Coldstreamer, Colin Leifer, and Right and Left Hand Men James Balmbro and Grant Campbell, Victoria added: “I don’t think any other town can boast three of the most handsome and smiley boys we have here in Coldstream. You are all a credit to your families. You have truly done your town and ex-Coldstreamers proud.”
During the week the Riders Association organised four ride-outs to Norham (54 riders) on the Monday, to Birgham on Wednesday (36 riders) to Flodden on Thursday (360 riders) and Leitholm on Friday (42 riders).
The Thomson Family Shield awarded to the youngest rider to Norham on Monday was won by Jake Dickson (age 7). Jake was also youngest rider to Birgham and he won the Treaty Cup for the veteran horse or pony on the Birgham ride out on 26 year old Benny
The Newcastle Arms Cup awarded to the best turned out horse and rider for the Birgham ride-out on Wednesday went to: 1 Zoe Lindsay 2 Jake Dickson, 3 Charlotte Dziadosz.
The Tweeddale Press Cup (Major J I M Smail Trophy) awarded to the youngest rider to Flodden (not on a lead rein) was won by seven year old Frances Cromarty.
The Lothian & Borders Police Cup awarded to the best turned out horse and rider to Flodden: 1 Hamish Stenhouse, 2 Charlie Birkett, 3 Emma Stenhouse.
The Border Riding School Cup awarded to best turned out first time horse and rider to Leitholm was won by Frances Kinnaird, 2 Annabel Kinnaird, 3 Sian Hush.
The Brian Smith Memorial Participation Cup awarded to the individual who has put personal effort into Civic Week was presented to Alastair Cunningham and the Alec Genaway Memorial Jockey Quaich awarded to the most promising jockey throughout the week was won by Charlie Birkett.