Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh Castle

Monday, July 4 – Sunday, July 17, 2022

Illness and a last minute change in circumstances means that we are having to revise our plans for The War Horse Memorial Platinum Jubilee Walk.

So, rather than cancel – and working with the Edinburgh March Riding Association – we have come up with a novel and virtual way of celebrating The Queen’s historic reign. And the beauty of it is that you don’t have to be in Scotland to take part!

On Monday, July 4 at 9am The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will provide a guard of honour and pipers will play as two riders leave the grounds of Balmoral Castle. This will be the signal for our wonderful volunteers and supporters across the UK to get sponsored and join in virtually, and over the next 13 days walk with their beloved horses, donkeys, dogs – even cats to be part of the event.

Then on Sunday, July 17 we celebrate in style the Walk’s conclusion at a reception at Edinburgh’s City Hall with the Deputy Lord Provost in attendance.

Sponsorship money raised will be used to support the Association and the annual historic re-enactment of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches which takes place this year on Sunday, September 11.

Stuart Nicoll , Operations Director says; “Every year we chose two riders as Edinburgh Captain and Edinburgh Lass, and this year it’s the turn of Jay Sturgeon and Abbie McDowell respectively. These two wonderful riders will be at Balmoral to signal the start of The War Horse Memorial Platinum Jubilee Walk.

Our Association was formed in 2008 to promote the annual re-enactment of The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches and its associated traditions. The custom dates back to as early as 1579, when the residents of Edinburgh were ordered to ride the ‘marches’ of the city to check for raiders and to ensure the landed gentry were not trying to encroach on the common land. The modern-day re-enactment sees riders from across the world taking part to enjoy exhilarating gallops, spectacular scenery and the epic finale on the Royal Mile, including entertainment, pipe bands and a cavalcade of nearly 300 horses, led by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, and watched by over 20,000 spectators.

“We have a strong and growing partnership with the War Horse Memorial and we are delighted to be beneficiaries of funds raised from this event, which will go towards our community projects and keeping this important Civic event alive for Edinburgh.

Alan Carr MBE, co-founder of the War Horse Memorial says; “Animals continue to play a role in warfare and the rehabilitation of ex-service personnel. We have a long association of partnership working with Stuart and the team so to launch this virtual walk in Scotland is both fitting and relevant. We began our annual Animal Purple Poppy Fund campaign on June 8 and now we focus our attention on National Animal Day on August 23.

We need public support and would ask for donations to be made to or

Cheques can be sent to The War Horse Memorial CIC, 18 Ascot Towers, Windsor Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7LG.

If you want to join in please email to register your interest. And please look on our SHOP on the website to buy a knitted purple poppy for your pet, or a commemorative jubilee pin badge for yourself. Thank you.


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