Chief Marshal 2022 – Julia Szoneberg
It’s finally here!!!! Hooray! What a tough 2 years this has been for us all!!!! It’s a huge honour and privilege to be chosen as Chief Marshal for 2022 and I want to give a massive thank you to the committee of
the Berwick Riders Association for giving me this fantastic opportunity to represent my home town.
I have already witnessed so much of the hard work they all do to make this amazing event happen.
This has been a childhood dream since I was 8 years old, my mum took me every year to watch all the lovely horses in the procession down the street, this is where my passion for horses began.
I always remember my Mum’s words every year ”One day that will be you” sadly my mum won’t see our dream come true. I know she will be looking down on me with pride and be by my side all the way.
2020 was not the year we expected due to the pandemic. As with most of the Border towns, we were, unfortunately, unable to have our ride I know how hard 2020 was for so many people.
2021 again was a very different and difficult year, I also experienced being installed as a Right-hand man through a virtual meeting with our committee. I was able to join my fellow principals Courtnay and Rebecca along with the other committee members to continue the tradition by walking the route, checking the boundaries, and returning the flag safely.
I have ridden many Bounds, but this one will create a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I feel very proud to be given this honour to carry our town’s flag and to lead the cavalcade.
I would also like to say a big thank you to last year’s Chief Marshal Courtnay, Left-hand man Rebecca for all your support, the laughs, and encouragement, also a massive congratulations and welcome to our new Right-Hand man Kieran, you’re going to have the best time of your life, and to all the landowners, sponsors, supporters, friends of the Bounds and all the mounted supporters, without this, bounds day would not be what it is today.
A big thank you to Jenny Wilson and the staff at Nenthorn Equestrian Centre for years of friendship, encouragement, support, and the use of the best horses over the years. I also want to thank my friends and family for always believing in me and my dream, especially my husband Derek, my son Dariusz and
stepsons Jake and Caden. I hope I make you all proud. I am also looking forward to the summer with my fellow principals Kieran, and Courtnay in her final year as left-hand man, making the best memories and making lifelong friends along the way. I can’t wait to visit other towns and celebrate their customs and traditions.
So here’s to The Riding of the bounds 2022 SAFE OOT SAFE IN.
Right Hand Man – Kieran Dodds
I would like to say a big thankyou to the Berwick Riders Association committee for giving me the opportunity to be the Right-Hand man for 2022.
It’s been a hard few years with Covid, so I would like to thank everyone that makes the Riding of the Bounds possible and who has supported us through these difficult times.
I’m so proud to be representing Berwick my hometown, the committee and my family as this has always been my dream. I represented the town as Mascot in 2018 and now coming in as Right-Hand man I will fulfill that dream.
I can’t wait to get out and about with Julia and Courtnay this summer supporting other towns. I’m sure we will have a fantastic time together and make lots of memories. I hope everyone has a fab day.
Safe Oot Safe In!
Left Hand Man – Courtnay Grey
Mascot 2022 – Merci Duffy
To say I am excited and happy would be an understatement. I have ridden the Berwick bounds only once in 2019. Previous to that ride I spent every year in the crowd watching and cheering from the ground since before I can remember. This has always been my dream to be mascot. I am thrilled to be riding alongside Courtnay, Kieran and of course our Chief Marshal Julia. I am 13 years old and proud to represent our amazing town and the younger generation of riders in this year’s season of common ridings in Berwick and bordering towns.