The War Horse Memorial Platinum Jubilee Walk

july, 2022

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Event Details

The War Horse Memorial Platinum Jubilee Walk

Balmoral Castle to Windsor Castle
Monday, July 4 – Sunday, August 21, 2022


On Monday, July 4 at noon Rob Underhay and Blaze the pony will embark on an epic fundraising walk to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and raise money for the War Horse Memorial’s equine and military good causes, including EMRA, the Edinburgh March Riding Association, based in Edinburgh.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will provide a guard of honour and pipers will play as the party leaves the grounds of Balmoral Castle at the start of their ambitious 48-day adventure.

War Horse Memorial Ambassador Rob (57), who will be dressed in WW1 uniform while his equine partner, Blaze will give the appearance of a First World War pack horse with authentic harness, will have left the comfort of their home in southern England to take to the open road in a 520-mile journey which will take in breath-taking scenery, historic castles, famous palaces and rugged terrain, finishing in Windsor, on August 21 where a spectacular finale is being planned.

The 20-day Scottish leg of the journey is being organised by Stuart Nicoll the Operations Director for the Edinburgh March Riding Association Monies raised from this part of the journey 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.

The walk will include 17 main destinations in Scotland with events to Stirling and Edinburgh Castles, and a dazzling turn out of horses, donkeys and dogs at Jedburgh. The final leg sees a ceremonial hand-over to the Royal Logistics Corps Horse- Drawn Heritage at Carter Bar on the Scottish English border.

Stuart says; “The 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.”

“The fundraising target in this HM’s Platinum Jubilee year is £70,000. Our vision is ambitious, but we are lucky to have wonderful people and organisations who are working with us to make it happen, like Stuart and the Edinburgh March Riding Association. To reach this target we need public support and would ask for donations to be made to or

“We are currently finalising details for the English section of the route, but we are hopeful of further events being held in Durham, York, Melton Mowbray – home of the Defence Animal Training Regiment – and Windsor. Where practical we will be using the authentic WW1 horse-drawn vehicles, including a horse ambulance, provided by our good friends at the Royal Logistic Corps Horse-Drawn Heritage, under the supervision of Lt Col (Retd) Edward Waite-Roberts & Major (Retd) John Butler with PR support provided by Major Alison Shaw.”

The horse/s for the journey are being provided by the Royal Logistic Corp Horse-Drawn Heritage, who are our principal beneficiary in England. We hope to be able to raise enough funds to help the Heritage in their restoration programme and give a bursary to one local young apprentice to be trained in the skills of restoration.”

Support and encouragement along the way will be provided by leading charities and organisations, including The British Horse Society, and The Donkey Breed Society, and the team will also be approaching the Convenors, Mayoral, Rotary and Town Criers Associations along the route for their support.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons and part of the War Horse Memorial team says; “ This year communities and people from across the UK and Commonwealth are celebrating Her Majesty’s 70 special years. Her love of animals, particularly equids and dogs is well documented, and the War Horse Memorial Platinum Jubilee Walk will be a fitting tribute in this celebration year.”

Please support The War Horse Platinum Jubilee Walk and help our military veterans, British heritage, our animal sanctuaries, and the historic Edinburgh March Riding Association by donating to:
The War Horse Memorial CIC – CIC Number; 10624199 or
Edinburgh Riding of the Marches –
Charity Number: SCO41202
Cheques can be sent to The War Horse Memorial CIC, 18 Ascot Towers, Windsor Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7LG.

Details of the Scottish leg of The War Horse Memorial Platinum Jubilee Walk

Monday 4th July Balmoral Castle NOON Braemar Castle PM 8 miles
Tuesday 5th July Braemar Castle AM Spittal of Glenshee PM 15 miles
Wednesday 6th July Spittal of Glenshee AM Blairgowrie PM 15 miles
Thursady 7th July Blairgowrie AM Perth PM 15 miles
Friday 8th July Perth Blackford
Saturday 9th July Blackford AM Stirling Castle PM 15 miles
Sunday 10th July Stirling Castle AM Stirling Castle PM 15 miles
Monday 11th July Stirling Castle Stirling Castle
Tuesday 12th July Stirling Castle AM Falkirk
Wednesday 13th July Falkirk AM Blackness Castle PM 15 miles
Thursday 14th July Blackness Castle AM Edinburgh PM 15 miles
Friday 15th July Edinburgh All Day Edinburgh PM 15 miles
Saturday 16th July Edinburgh All Day Edinburgh All Day
Sunday 17th July Edinburgh All Day Edinburgh All Day
Monday 18th July Edinburgh AM Farla Village PM 15 miles
Tuesday 19th July Farla Village AM Earlston PM 15 miles
Wednesday 20th July Earlston AM Jedburgh PM 15 miles
Thursday 21st July Jedburgh to Carter Bar AM 10 miles


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