Linton Whipman 2018
WOW JUST WOW! It all started at the beginning of February when I got a call from the Chairman, Mr Hamish Dykes, completely out of the blue, to be asked if I would like to take on the role as Whipman.
I was gobsmacked and delighted and it caught me totally off guard. What an honour and even more so to have my wife Fiona as my lass to join me on this amazing experience.
One of the hardest things was keeping it a secret until the big introduction night. At last this night was here and the secret was out in the open! I then could start with horse riding lessons. Fiona has ridden for years so she would manage fine but I hadn’t, and I took to it like a duck to water. My first Rideout of the season was to our neighbouring town of Penicuik. What a great day it was, safe oot and safe in.
We also attended as many of the introduction nights that we could after our own introduction enjoying their hospitality, meeting their new Principals and gaining new friends.
Shortly before Whipman week we had great pleasure in going to visit the children at the local schools. It was really nice to see such enthusiasm in the children running up to Whipman week.
Then the big day had arrived – our installation night. What an amazing experience it was to be installed as Whipman, with friends and families, visiting principles and local dignitaries and all the good people from West Linton, Carlops, Lamancha, Newlands, Kirkurd and Dolphinton there to join in. There was also a fantastic turnout of floats and everyone had made such a great effort, well done.
Then the much anticipated Rideout day was here. It started off at the Gordon Arms with a cracking breakfast and meet up with some
of the visiting principles. It was brilliant for the Pipe Band to head our procession and such an honour to lead the ride, along with my Lass Fiona and over 100 riders over the splash.
The weather was kind, and everyone enjoyed a great ride under the expert guidance of Bobby and Tracy. A big thank you to Marjorie and all the girls from Lasswade stables who providing very well-mannered and safe horses for our Rideout. In the evening, we concluded a great day with our Whipman Party.
The rest of the week flew by and was one that will stay in my mind for many years, with all the events from the bogie races to the different sports events and games.
Our Week was finished but that was just the start of a busy summers of Installations, Balls and Rideout’s. We attended Currie, Lockerbie, Bigger, Peebles, Penicuik, Lanark, Edinburgh, Innerleithen, Galashiels, Selkirk, Melrose, Duns, Kelso and Coldstream.
At the end of the season West Linton was chosen to ride in the principal race at Kelso races. Fiona did a great job! It was a brilliant day and I loved seeing her cross the finish line safely.
I would like to say thank you to Rob & Becs for being our right hand supports and Gary & Louise our left hand supports. Thanks also to the other ex whipmen and lasses for their help.
And finally, to my lass Fiona, who has been my rock when I needed it. Without her support and help I would have never made it through such a busy year.
We are looking forward to this coming year and supporting the new Whipman and Lass.
Best of luck and have an amazing year.
SAFE OOT, SAFE IN