Household Cavalry provides memories of a lifetime for Kelso

cav4What a party. The Household Cavalry provided a spectacular finish to the 10th anniversary celebrations for the Borders Festival of the Horse.

Thousands gathered in front of Floors Castle in Kelso at the weekend (August 27/28) to watch the Household Cavalry troopers and their horses demonstrate their riding skills.

The exhibition included the famous Musical Ride*, being performed for the first time in Scotland,  and a breathtaking finale -the Charge – that saw the Saltire, the English flag of St George and then the Union Jack raced past the crowds and off the field.

It brought the curtain down on two days of pageantry and colour at Kelso organised by the British Horse Society (Scotland) and the Borders Festival of the Horse.

People lined the street on Saturday (Aug 27) to watch the cavalry parade through the town to the Town House where riders were officially welcomed by Provost of Kelso Fiona Scott. She was joined by the Lord Lieutenant for the Scottish Borders G Maitland-Carew, Wanda Dodd, Chariman of the BHS (Borders), Alasdair Hutton, convenor of Scottish Borders Council, organiser of the Borders Horse Festival Anne Fraser and Major Mark Avison, Master of the Horse for official presentations.

The troop then lined up to form a guard of honour outside the Cross Keys Hotel for newly weds Jane Vass and Peter Kelly. “It’s a thrill to have the same horses that escorted William and Catherine at the royal wedding forming up for us on our wedding day.

“It’s made a very special day even more memorable,” she said.

cav29The Saturday experience was a taste of things to come when the Household Cavalry brought the curtain down on the annual Massed Pipe Bands event at Floors Castle.

“it’s been quite a year for us and a real thrill to have the Household Cavalry take part in the Borders Festival of the Horse. We started off as a way of reuniting the Borders equestrian community after the dreadful days of foot and mouth and have gone from strength to strength every year since,” said festival organiser Ann Fraser.

We have produced an extended gallery of pictures of the Household Cavalry’s visit to Kelso. Click on any picture to enlarge.

And one of our readers has sent us this link on You Tube which also caputres the parade in Kelso town centre –

*The Musical Ride has been a part of the public face of the Household Cavalry for many years. It was first performed at The Royal Tournament in 1882 and the format is based on a series of cavalry drill movements set to music which has changed little over the years.




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