A grand total of 95 horses took part in the Riding of Marches in the Royal Burgh of Kirkcudbright last Friday night.
Although the weather did the riders no favours the ride out was just as spectacular as ever, with Cornet Matthew Taylor, Cornet’s Lass Charlotte McDowall and Pursuivant Keith Middlemiss leading the way round the boundaries.
In front of hundreds of spectators, The Royal Burgh Charter was read out in ceremony in front of the Provost and senior members of the Incorporated Trades.
Cornet’s Lass, twenty-one-year old Charlotte McDowall, who lives in Creetown, said afterwards: “The experience was really amazing. I had so much fun, the whole thing seemed to past in a flash!
“The best bit had to be the ride out itself on the Friday night, especially coming through the town, but I also went to the Ball on the Saturday night and before all that we went round the hospital and the care homes to show off our sashes and to hand over flowers.
“I have been riding since I was six and rode my friend Hannah Burns’ horse Soli at Kirkcudbright as unfortunately my horse is lame.
“I’m now going to the Wigtown Riding of the Marches Ball and the ride out. Fingers crossed it’s dry as it rained on us last week. Mind you, once you’re wet it doesn’t matter!”