Hirsel Ride-Out

Tuesday 8th August

The Hirsel Ride-Out is a combination of two of our previous Ride-Outs- Birgham and Leitholm. For many years we visited Birgham on the Wednesday night and Leitholm on the Friday night, but with the restructuring of Civic Week to make it more streamlined and to help with costs and flagging numbers on some of the rides, we decided to combine both rides on the Tuesday night, alternating each year which village we visit first. We also built in the Kids’ ride at the start of the Ride-Out giving the kids the chance to follow the Coldstreamer along the street past the crowds and this year for the first time to go with the cavalcade right up to the Hirsel House were we are welcomed each year by the Earl and Countess of Home. From here the main cavalcade will continue on to Leitholm via Castlelaw, Darnchester, Marlfield and up the Coal road to Leitholm. After laying a wreath at the War Memorial, the Coldstreamer and his cavalcade will enjoy some refreshments with the people of Leitholm, then after the reel is danced, the cavalcade will continue on to Birgham via Todrig, Whitrig and Fernyrig. The Coldstreamer will lay a wreath at the Birgham War Memorial before enjoying a well earned bite to eat and a drink with the people of Birgham, another reel will be danced before the Coldstreamer and his cavalcade leave for the return trip to Coldstream, via Haigsfield and Fireburnmill.

Start Time: 14.00 (to be mounted by 13.50)

Judging for the best turned out horse and rider on the childrens ride, will take place next to the Marshalls vehicles in the Lees at 13.30 – 13.45.

Judging for best turned out horse and rider for the rest of the cavalcade will take place at the Hirsel House during the ride-out.

Once we leave the Hirsel House the childrens Ride-Out will return to the Lees.

Start Location: The Lees, Coldstream

Outward route:
Coldstream to Leitholm
Coldstream High Street, Hirsel Drive up to the Hirsel House, Castlelaw, Darnchester, Marlfield, Leitholm.

Leitholm to Birgham
Todrig, Whitrig, Fernyrig, Birgham.

Arrive Leitholm: 16.00
Depart Leitholm: 17.15
Arrive Birgham: 18.30
Depart Birgham: 19.30

Return Route:
Birgham to Coldstream
Haigsfield, Fireburnmill.

Arrive Coldstream: 20.30

Please note the Ride-Out will go along the High Street on its return.

Names of the youngest rider completing the whole Ride-Out should be given to the CRA Secretary at return to the Lees, the cup will not be presented till the Sunday at the Unsashing.

All timings other than the mounting up time are approximate, and due to circumstances on the day may alter.

Please remember – Hard hats must be worn on all Coldstream Civic Week rideouts

All participants in equestrian events are reminded that they should ensure that they have appropriate and adequate insurance cover for personal injury and third party liability. Both rider and mount should be fit and competent and appropriate clothing should be worn. Any rider deemed to be intoxicated whilst riding will be removed from the ride-out.

Riders and spectators are to follow the instructions given by our Marshals and Stewards. Both riders and spectators should respect all signage/guidance put in place from Coldstream Riders’ Association with regards to land owners requests. Spectators are also respectfully reminded that they are not to drive/park in farmers’ fields and when on foot to be mindful of crops.


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