Monday 24th July
5.45 p.m. sharp
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.
The land surrounding Fa’side Castle was granted by Charter to the Seaton family as far back as 1246. In 1949 a Club Charter was presented by Mr Clapperton to the Crusaders’ Riding Club and this is now read out during the flag raising ceremony where the Honest Lad raises the Flag to signify to the surrounding district that Musselburgh is now in Festival.
This year our Club Captain, Scott Nisbet will be sashed on the banks of the River Esk under the Roman Bridge by Susan Simpson (Past Captain 2000/01. This ceremony will start at 5.50 p.m. prompt before the commencement of the ride. Meanwhile the riders will form at Inveresk Industrial Estate at 5.30p.m. to ford the Esk at 5.45 p.m.
THE HONEST TOUN’S ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE AND THE CRUSADERS RIDING CLUB COMMITTEE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENT OR INJURY, HOWEVER OCCASIONED, TO HORSES, PONIES, SPECTATORS OR PARTICIPANTS AT ANY EVENT ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEES.
ALL RIDERS ATTENDING THE RIDEOUT DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.
THE MARSHALLS ARE IN CHARGE
|5.40 pm||Captain Sashed on banks of the Esk|
|5.55 pm||Ride leaves Inveresk Industrial Estate to ford the Esk|
|6.00 pm||Ford River Esk, East to West.
Turn right, Cross Car Bridge to Caprice.
Turn right to Dalrymple Loan, Left to Inveresk Road and right up Newbigging. Continue to Inveresk Village shop. (WALK)
Continue along Carberry Road to Whitecraig Roundabout. (TROT)
|6.15 pm||Cross Whitecraig Roundabout and continue up Carberry Road. (Walk once roundabout cleared)|
|6.55 pm||Enter Crookston Road, continue down to Crookston Farm.
Refreshments will be available here.
|7.15 pm||Leave Crookston road.|
|7.30 pm||Arrive at Wallyford Club for presentation of flowers.
(Ride should be together here)
Turn left to Wallyford Loan Road and continue down to Haddington Road to Levenhall Roundabout. (Trot)
|7.55 pm||Turn right at Roundabout to Ravensheugh Road then left to Hope Place. (WALK)
Continue along back of Racecourse to Baclarres Road.
Turn right into Mountjoy Terrace left along the beach.
|8.20 pm||Flag Ceremony at Harbour|
|9.00 pm||Ride meets band at Pinkie Pillars|
|9.15 pm||Ford River Esk, West to East and continue back to horseboxes at Eskmills Industrial Estate|
(Please Note timings are approximate and the route can be subject to change at short notice)
A FAMILY TRADITION
Since 1937 the Honest Lad and Lass have received flowers on their way back from Fa’side at Wallyford. This tradition was started by Mr Edward Cunningham and carried on by his daughter, Shiela and after her death by her husband, the late Mr Tom Baillie of Wallyford, who died in May 2006 aged 90. His children and grandchildren have all taken their “turns” at carrying on the family tradition – the youngest was only nine weeks old when they presented these flowers.
The HTA would like to thank Mr Cunninghams’ family and descendants for their support over the years and for their generations of commitment to the Musselburgh Festival.
A thank you must also go to Wallyford Community Council for their support in this tradition.
Crusaders Duck Race
Tickets cost £1 and are available from Club members or via firstname.lastname@example.org
The event takes place following the fording of the Esk at approx 6.30pm.
The ducks will travel from the Roman Bridge to the Store Bridge.
1st prize £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.
Crusaders Chase Night Dance
After the ride the Crusaders’ will hold an informal Supper Dance in Eskmills Bowling Club to which everyone is welcome. Tickets for this dance are £8.00 and can be obtained from committee members.
The Nita Halliday Memorial Trophy for the oldest rider Crusader together with the Youngest Riding Crusader having both completed the ride will be presented at the Chase Night Dance. For previous winners please visit the Crusaders website.
Since its inception in 1937 The Crusaders’ Riding Club has gone from strength to strength. The present committee endeavour to maintain the traditions of the Club whilst also organising a calendar of equestrian and social events for its members.
To become a member of the Club, you must successfully complete a two stage riding test, details of which can be obtained from members of the Committee.