NOSTALGIA: Dessie’s 1992 visits to Kelso Races

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