NOSTALGIA: Dessie’s 1992 visits to Kelso Races

Desert Orchid visits Kelso in 1992.
Desert Orchid visits Kelso in 1992.

Britain’s favourite racehorse, Desert Orchid, visited the Borders this week in 1992, stealing the show in front of record crowds at Kelso Racecourse.

The grey- affectionately known as ‘Dessie’, and the only known horse to have its own fan club- achieved celebrity status during a glittering career...and was again the centre of attention on his visit to the Borders. But Dessie was also in the region for a more serious reason, helping to launch the Chest, Heart and Stroke Association’s £70,000 “Breath of Life” appeal. In keeping with his star status, Dessie also visited Floors Castle and Mellerstain House.

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