Flodden Day rideout next year set to cost £10,000

Coldstreamer Liam Wallis leads the charge up Branxton Hill during Flodden Day at Coldstream civic week
Coldstreamer Liam Wallis leads the charge up Branxton Hill during Flodden Day at Coldstream civic week

MORE than 500 horses are expected for next year’s Flodden Day rideout, with organisers predicting the insurance bill will push running costs up to £10,000.

Coldstream Riders’ Association is already starting to plan ahead for what will be the biggest-ever rideout from Coldstream to Flodden Field.

The 254 horses and riders taking part in this year’s rideout was slightly down on last year, mainly due to wet weather which made for slow going. But the cavalcade is expected to be double the size in 2013.

Riders are expected to come from far and wide to participate in what will be a historic and poignant occasion to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the 1513 Battle of Flodden.

The running costs for the Flodden Day rideout usually add up to about £6,000, but with double the number expected for the Thursday, August 8, 2013 event, the Riders’ Association is facing a far higher bill.

A fun and frolics quiz night on October 6 is the first of many fundraising events being planned. After making £1,500 from the auction during last week’s successful dinner, the Riders’ Association is hoping to do the same again next year.

The 500th anniversary of the bloody battle is actually on September 9, but the occasion will be marked a month earlier during Coldstream Civic Week. Scottish secretary and Borders MP Michael Moore has been asked to do the oration.

A number of other projects and events are being planned on both sides of the border to commemorate the 500th anniversary.