Selkirk tilters fly the flag for Scotland on Danish trip

Tilting At Soderborg, Denmark
Tilting At Soderborg, Denmark

Three Selkirk horse riders have taken part in one of the biggest mounted events in Europe in the shape of Denmark’s Sonderborg Festival.

Earlier this month, Falconer Grieve, Kim Peters and Scott Rodgerson spent a weekend in the southern Danish town, which lies in a region well-known for its tilting events.

The trio are members of the Scottish Borders Tilters’ Association and took part in the festival on the Friday and Sunday, and at a smaller event on the Saturday. Riders use lances to ‘tilt’ at rings, which decrease in size as competitions progress.

Training since last year’s visit certainly paid off, as the trio took rings at every event, with the highest score being Kim’s excellent nine rings on the Saturday.

The Scottish riders got a tremendous welcome from their Danish counterparts, and were asked to carry the Saltire near the front of the processions.

Falconer told us: “It was a fantastic experience. On the Friday there was about 500 riders and another 475 on the Sunday – so it’s a huge event. We were the only foreign riders taking part. It was different in many ways from the Common Riding, but then again it also had some similarities, with everyone turning out to support it, plus all the music from local bands,” added Falconer.

“We’ve been asked back for next year and some of the Danish riders are now quite keen to come to the Borders and take part in tilting events over here.”