Flapping calendar boosted by extra Gala Rig meeting

Organisers hope that Gala Rig will come alive once more fot the new August meeting.
Organisers hope that Gala Rig will come alive once more fot the new August meeting.

Flapping fans can look forward to another meeting on the calendar thanks to the hard work and persistence of Selkirk Flapping Association.

Following the growing success of the Selkirk Common Riding meeting, held annually in June, some valiant fundraising and continued improvements to the course, organisers announced this week that an extra meeting will take place at Gala Rig on Saturday, August 9, with the first race going under starter’s orders at 2pm.

Selkirk Flapping Association clerk of the course Stuart Hogarth told The Southern: “A great deal of work has taken place since Selkirk Common Riding by a very hard-working committee to drum up the sponsorship and donations required to hold a second meeting.

“This fundraising has enabled us to pay out reasonable prize money on raceday itself, which will in turn attract owners to enter their horses.

“Additionally, it has enabled us to pay for the necessary insurances, and facilities required to hold such an event.”

The committee, consisting of: Stuart; Craig Stanners (convener); Alasdair Craig (assistant clerk); Gary Haldane and Andy Black (judges); Kenny Firth, Euan Hastie, James Cheyne, Guy Blair, Gavin Henderson (stewards); Colin Blaikie (clerk of scales); and Mathew Stanners (assistant) are indebted to the generous attitudes of local businesses, organisations, and individuals alike, without whom, they say, the new meeting would simply not be possible.

Stuart told us: “It is evident that there is a great deal of community spirit and generosity in Selkirk, and that is something that we should be proud of.

“More sponsorship, however, means more races, so if anyone would like to help us along by way of donation, no matter how small, every penny helps in being able to provide a real spectacle on August 9, and one that the people of Selkirk can come along to and enjoy.”

The organising group also hopes that if the meeting is a success, they will eventually be able to put something back into the community financially.

Stuart said: “I hope that this is something we will be able to cement into the Borders flapping calendar for years to come, along with the already successful meeting that we have on the Common Riding afternoon.”

Five races are planned during the afternoon; four professional and, the last, a pony race where any child who wishes to (with parents’ permission) can enter their own pony, either on the day or ideally before the event, by contacting Stuart.

There will also be food stalls and an ice cream van, bouncy castle and a licensed beer tent.

Once the last race has finished, there will be evening entertainment, which will be provided by the ever-popular George Inglis and his Rockin’ Horse Band.

To enter the pony race or give a donation, contact Stuart on 07734 697008. More information can be found on the Selkirk Flapping Association’s new Facebook page.