Crusaders’ Chase

Monday 22nd July


The route can be viewed using the link below:

All horse boxes to be parked at Inveresk Industrial Estate (next to Tesco) and all riders mounted by 17:15 at the latest.

17:45 – cavalcade ford the Esk at the Roman Bridge.
19:30 – cavalcade leave Crookston, heading through Wallyford to the racecourse.
20:30 – beach gallop will not commence before this time. This will then be followed by the flag raising ceremony at Fisherrow Harbour.

20:50 – cavalcade will leave Fisherrow Harbour via Harbour Road, North High Street, Bridge Street and Eskside West before fording the Esk at the Roman Bridge at approximately 21:10.


In November 1936, a small group of people met to discuss the possibility of forming a riding club. Early in 1937, The Club was formed and named The Crusaders’ Riding Club. In 1949, a Club Charter was presented by Mr Clapperton to the Crusaders’ Riding Club and this is now read during the flag raising ceremony at the Harbour following the beach gallop.

The annual Crusaders Chase is a popular and colourful event with many townsfolk gathering at the Roman Bridge to see the horses and riders, led by the Club Captain , cross the River Esk.

All riders must be appropriately dressed and approved protective headgear must be worn.

Safety Information

This is a fast paced ride and not suitable for beginners or those requiring to be led. All horses and
riders are expected to be of adequate fitness and ability to trot, canter and gallop for prolonged
periods over different terrain. It is the responsibility of the horse hirer/owner to ensure that both
the horse and rider are suitable and capable.

All riders under the age of 12 who are participating in the Monday and Saturday rides must be
accompanied by a responsible mounted adult or they will not be permitted to take part.
Any rider who is unable to keep up with the pace of the ride will be asked to leave the ride with
immediate effect. Any rider under the influence of alcohol and/or incapable of controlling their
horse will also be asked to leave the ride with immediate effect. In the event of having been asked to
leave the ride, it is henceforth the responsibility of the rider to ensure their own safety and that of
their horse.

The Chief Marshal and their appointed marshals are in place to ensure the safe running of the ride
and, as such, their instructions should be followed at all times. The route taken by the Chief Marshal
is the route of the ride and the entire cavalcade must follow this route.

Musselburgh Festival will provide a minimum of two marshals, either mounted or on foot, to assist
with any fallen riders/injured horses and we ask that the remainder of the ride continues in order to
maintain timings. Emergency procedures will be implemented if required with 999/vet/farrier being
contacted and utilised as necessary.

All riders must wear a wristband displaying an emergency contact name and number and these will
be available at the horsebox parking areas on each of the ride days.

To ensure we maintain best standards, only smart and suitable riding wear should be worn i.e. stock
and ties, riding jacket and/or waistcoats. No t-shirts, hoodies or sports tops should be worn.




This is the go to platform for Musselburgh Festival. Dating back to 1936, our week long annual celebration honours the traditions of our Town and brings our community together.