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DarenC1 03-29-2013 08:16 AM

Penicuik Hunter and Lass
Each year in my hometown, two people are chosen to represent the townsfolk in a massive parade, led by the two principals on horseback.

Penicuik Hunter and Lass

Guess who's going to be doing it this year?!

Cacowgirl 03-29-2013 10:07 AM


Roadyy 03-29-2013 10:59 AM

Congrats and look forward to seeing the pics..

DarenC1 04-01-2013 07:23 PM

Thanks, guys :-)

I should be getting to ride my flag horse tomorrow afternoon - he's a grey 17hh Irish Draft called Monarch. I may even have ridden him before in a lesson a few years back!

DarenC1 04-01-2013 07:28 PM

Meant to add that it's not just the parade I have to ride in: in total, I do SIX HOURS riding from about 8am until the parade in the afternoon. I also do another two hours during the mid-week ride which is seen as the passing of the torch from one Hunter to another.

And then there are a few more events that I have to ride in, too!

jaydee 04-01-2013 07:39 PM

Good luck and enjoy!!!
They have something called the Sheriffs Ride in Lichfield, Staffs, UK that's an ancient tradition where the boundaries get ridden each year to retain ownership - not needed any more but still done. The Sheriff often goes by vehicle but the followers are all mounted and its usually used to be a mad free for all despite all efforts to keep it safe and controlled!!!
Ahhh the things I'm missing in the US!!!

DarenC1 04-02-2013 02:42 AM

Yeah, some of the other ride-outs have a bit of a reputation for being a mad hooning session!!

DarenC1 04-03-2013 12:52 PM

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Here's my flag horse, whom I rode in a lesson (and a short hack) last night.

His name is Monarch, and he's a 16.2hh Irish Draft. He's a nice, dependable sort with a pretty comfy canter - thankfully!

jaydee 04-03-2013 01:24 PM

He's lovely.
They used to hand out glasses of sherry at the end of the Sheriffs Ride - now that's a bad idea!!!

DarenC1 04-03-2013 02:04 PM

Apparently my family has to provide bacon rolls and champagne to the riders BEFORE we go out!

And the same applies to the Lass!

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