The Riding of the Bounds 2022
WOW! Well Berwick’s Riding of the Bounds 2022 is complete and what a day it was! The sun shone, the crowds were out in spectacular style and our town looked fantastic. We had 94 horses on the ride and hundreds of followers on the buses and in cars. The Berwick Riders Association would like to thank everyone who came out to help and support us to uphold this long standing tradition after a two year enforced break. Our 2022 Chief Marshal Julia done a spectacular job requesting permission and leading the cavalcade and we are incredibly proud of her. Right hand man Kieran Dodds and left hand man Courtnay Grey were by her side and as we knew they would, gave 100% to their roles as always. Our mascot Merci Duffy! You are an absolute star and a bit of a celebrity now I think! and we are incredibly proud of you. Our lead marshal Lorraine Stark, you have worked tirelessly and because of your relentless determination and dedication to your role, I think it safe to say everyone had a brilliant ride. To every town principal who came along on the day either riding or following, your support means the world to us. Our small committee has worked their socks off this year to make this the best day ever. They have spent many many hours giving school presentations and running competitions to involve as many children in the town as possible and to get the message across that this event is for everyone and not only riders. Our thanks go to everyone who has made this happen. To Michael Morrison at Galedin vets who gave up his day, free of charge to ensure all our beautiful horses were safe and happy, to Rapid Reaction for keeping our riders safe out there, to all of our ridden marshals and ground marshals and our landowners, to Euan Gibson and Wattie Aitken for lending us the quads , we can’t do this without all you guys so thank you all so much. Mr and Mrs Robson at the honey farm for the use of their gorgeous red bus. To Tracy and Alison for feeding the troops in the morning ( our behind the scenes heroes) To all the shops who have sponsored and donated things to us for our hobby horse event and our ride day. The support from our local businesses and larger stores has been incredibly this year so remember everyone! shop local, they have supported us so we need to support them. There are far too many people to thank individually so we would just like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has helped along the way to make this event the success it is. We are now looking forward to supporting all the other towns during their own celebrations throughout the summer and the planning of Riding of the Bounds 2023 is underway! Hip hip.
More photos will be added to the gallery shortly…..
Sunday 1st May 2022
The annual “tapping of the bridge” took place on Sunday 1st May by our three principals!
This previously took place on May the 1st by a select few riders while the rest of the cavalcade had a well deserved break at half way.
The principals still honour this tradition however it is now completed on foot by our principals while their horses have a well earned rest
Hobby Horse 2022
Well what can we say last night was brilliant! The turn out was amazing! Well done to all that took part!A huge thankyou to Jake Dodds, Alisha Dodds and Marcus Dodds who piped us round the walls they where absolutely fantastic! Thankyou to Gemma Dodds for bringing Amelia the kids loved meeting her! A huge thankyou to Greggs Alnwick for the massive food donation, there where some very happy children after there walk! A huge thankyou to B and M Berwick for providing us with brushes for the hobby horse work shop! And of course a huge thankyou to everyone that attended both events each year these events are getting bigger and better and that is down to the support of you!
Window Dressing Competition 2022 -Results!
Schools Rosette competition…
Sashing of the Chief Marshal
On Saturday 26th March we held our sashing event where our new Principals for this year were installed. We had to say a sad farewell to our Left Hand Man Rebecca Tait who had completed her term in office. Although no longer a principal she is still a valued member of the committee and our current treasurer so shes not actually allowed to go anywhere!!
A very excited Julia Szoneberg was installed as our Chief Marshal for 2022 after a very long wait due to Covid, and Courtnay Grey steps down into the left Hand Man position.
Our newcomer is our previous 2018 Mascot, Kieran Dodds who has stepped into the Right Hand Man position.
More information on all the Principals can be found in the principals section.
It was lovely to get back to some normality and catch up with lots of people that we all hadn’t seen for some considerable time!
Photos of this event will be added to the Gallery section courtesy of Dougie Hunter.
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SATURDAY 1ST MAY 2021
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020.
Due to further Covid restrictions placed upon us all our Annual general meeting due to take place at the Jubilee was held instead via Zoom.
Berwick Riders Association post holders are as follows..
- Chairman – Mrs Linda Fiddes
- Vice Chair – Mrs Lorraine Stark
- Treasurer – Mrs Rebecca Tait
- Secretary – Mr Stephen Lowdon
- Ride Liaison Officer – Mrs Lorraine Stark
May 1st 2019
Our 3 principals carried out the old tradition of the ‘ tapping of the bridge’. This is usually done on ride day with a select group of riders. This year due to a safety issues with the crumbling bridge we decided not to take horses and to go on foot instead on the original ride date of the 1st May. A fitting tribute to Berwick’s history, some flowers were laid along with the town sashes.
Thursday 2nd May
Thursday saw our annual Hobby Horse event.
A walk around the walls of Berwick for children with their homemade hobby horses. A mini bounds ‘ride’! Prizes were given for best turned out horses and a good time was had by all despite the awful weather!
Work has been ongoing for the last couple of months to improve our route and get us off some of the busy roads. Unfortunately attempts at finding an alternative to the A1 have been unsuccessful. After a lot of hard work, money, gates and diggers we have managed to bypass some of the roadwork slightly. This has given us a new river crossing and an extra field! Weather permitting obviously, too much rain will heighten the river and we would need a boat! But we have a plan B! We have also this year taken out the busy Paxton road back into town and instead will cross cantys bridge and head off-road to Baldersbury where we can use a quieter road back into town.
The Sashing of the Chief Marshal 2019.
Saturday 23rd March 2019 saw the sashing of our principals.
Last years Chief Marshal Rebecca Allan had to hand back the sash and she now moves to be our Left Hand Man for 2019. Her main role now is to look after the others and show them the ropes! And hopefully make sure the other ladies don’t forget anything…!
Courtnay Grey was sashed as our Chief Marshal 2019. Courtnay had a fantastic first year as Right hand man and is really looking forward to representing Berwick this summer.
We also welcomed our 2019 Right hand man to our principal party – Victoria Irwin although i’m sure she would prefer to be called Vikki! She is sure to have a great summer and will be a chance to learn the ropes in preparation for her turn as Chief Marshal next year.
We also welcomed our new Junior Mascot rider for 2019, Miss Katie Lowden-king.
Katie will support the Principals this summer.
Photos of the Sashing event will be added to the Gallery.