THIS year's Whipman Festival galloped into life on Sunday with the increasingly-popular Junior Rideout.

Despite the early morning mist and damp conditions, there was still plenty excitement leading up to the ride.

A total of 14 ponies and junior riders took part along with four marshals and the outgoing Whipman and his Lass, Adrian and Fiona Jackson.

Mark and Lesley McDavid were tasked with judging the best turned out ahead of the rideout at Karevcole Farm.

After much deliberation the best turned out was awarded to Romi Abernethy, with second place given to Zara Chambers and third to Samantha Nicol.

Despite the persistent drizzle, all of the riders were Safe Oot, Safe In.

Following the gallop to West Linton, where the riders enjoyed a lunch break, they were led through the village by the local pipe band.

And a large crowd turned out to witness the cavalcade fording the river.

Many supporters also made their way out to enjoy the races.

The Senior race was won by Rosie Dykes, with Isabel Hubert in second and third Madelyn Reid.

The Junior Race was won by Lucy Campbell, with Jennifer Scott racing home in second.

The prizes were distributed at the end of the rideout by by Kerry and Andrew Abernethy.

West Linton's riders will be back in the saddle tomorrow (Saturday) for the The Whipman Rideout.

The cavalcade will leave from Howieson Hall Farm at 10am returning to the village around 3.30/4pm.

The Children's Fancy Dress also takes place tomorrow from at 10.30am on the Lower Green.

And there will be a Fun Afternoon of games from 1pm, also on the Lower Green.

The rest of the Whipman Festival programme


10.30am - Family Cycle Ride leaving from the Health Centre

10.45am - Procession to St Andrew's Church for the Whipman Service at 11.15am

12.30pm - Adult Five a Side Football Tournament at New Moor Road - Refreshments/snacks

1pm - Dog Show on the Lower Green and Teas in the Marquee throughout the afternoon


5.30 - 6.30pm - Kids Football (P1 - P4)

5.30 - 6.30pm - Cycle and Scooter events (P5 – S1 to age 14)

6.30pm - Junior Football (P5 – age 15)

6.30pm - Junior Netball (P5 – age 14) at Tennis Courts

6.30pm - Cycle and Scooter events (up to Nursery and P1 – P4)

7.30pm - Men's and Women's Bike Event

8pm - Ladies Netball at Tennis Courts


9.30am - Tea and Tots Fun Morning in the Marquee

6pm - 7.15pm - Junior Disco in the Marquee (up to P3)

7.30pm - 9pm Junior Disco in the Marquee (P4-P7)


6.30pm - Cross Country Events

7pm - Bogie Races

7.30pm - Wheelbarrow Races

8pm - Pillow Fight


3.45pm - Children's Comedy Show in the Marquee

6pm - Junior Rugby (P1 - P7)

7pm - Secondary Rugby (S1 - S6)

7pm - Comedy Show


Ex Whipman's Dinner Dance in the Marquee