A programme of events is under way to mark the 10th Borders Festival of the Horse.
The equestrian extravaganza, which was first held after the foot and mouth outbreak, will feature more than 40 events during its 13-day run. Last year’s festival attracted more than 10,000 people as participants and spectators.
Organised by the BHS, the festival aims to showcase the versatility of the horse and promote the Borders’ equestrian industry to locals and tourists.
The packed programme includes guided rides, trick riding, an art exhibition, adult gymkhana, horse logging and a series of events for non-riders and those without their own horse, such as equestrian art exhibitions.
Organiser Ann Fraser said: “We have never had such a varied programme of events. Many of these are new to the festival and provide an action-packed, 13-day equine extravaganza.”
As an extension to the festival, the Borders branch of the BHS has arranged for the Household Cavalry Musical Ride to visit Kelso on the last weekend in August – the first time that the ride has ever been performed in Scotland. This weekend’s Floors Castle Horse Trials near Kelso and tomorrow’s Ladies Day at Kelso are also participating in the festival.
Jamie Innes, organisers of Floors Castle Horse Trials, said: “We’ve got record entries, more than 60 including riders like Caroline Powell, Ruth Edge and Matthew Wright.
“It’s a very popular event and the rain has come at the right time. We’ve got 25 trade stands and very good sponsorship which is good for a very difficult economci year.”
The event, now in its 19th year, has just introduced a membership scheme which includes benefits such as money off, lunch and course walks with riders. It has attracted 70 members so far.
For a full list of festival events and times, go to www.bordersfestivalhorse.org