We were delighted to team up with Kelso Races for the third time and run the Borders Barmy Army National Pantomime Horse Race 2011. The race was held to raise funds for the BGH Macmillan Centre and took place on Saturday 15th October 2011.
R.P. Adam Ltd kindly sponsored our race for the second year in a row! Plus many of the previous year’s horse sponsors also returned. We are taking 30 guests on the 3 peaks challenge in May 2012 and this was the firsy of many events to help raise funds for the very important Macmillan Centre at the Borders General Hospital, Melrose.
We have set ourselves a target of £10,00 and our pantomime horse race has raised a fantastic £3000. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all Kelso Races race-goers and staff who donated to our cause and, of course, to our race sponsor R.P. Adam and all our horse sponsors as listed below. And also thanks to Kelso Races to supporting our mad and fun event.
The winning horse was 5 Star Taxis of Galashiels who had his work cut out to finish just ahead of the 2nd placed Bertram Macmillan and 3rd place Borders Sport and Leisure horses (ed: Trades Description Act may need to be consulted on that one though!) who finished together needing a photo finish to separate the two.
Watch the build-up and finale of our fantastic race now.
Thanks all our sponsors for their generous donations to our BGH Macmillan Centre appeal.
1. Arpal Magic (R P Adam)
R.P.Adam Ltd are a leading Cleaning Chemical Manufacture based within the Scottish Borders. We supply a wide range of cleaning products to a diverse sector of businesses and hope that “Arpal Magic” cleans-up today! www.rpadam.co.uk
2. Red Rum (Reiver Recruitment)
Based in Galashiels and Berwick, Reiver Recruitment works with local employers to supply quality temporary and permanent staff. We provide professional and support-level staffing in all areas. 01896 750553
3. Golden Miller (J & J Tait)
With no job too big or too small, let us carry out all your painting and decorating needs. From paint effects and wallpapering for the home to professional signwriting for shops and businesses. We do it all. Established since 1960. 01835 822345
4. Ken’s Stag Do
Ken is a mature thoroughbred (old and skinny) stallion. Fortunately still ungelded, he has finally been broken in by the lovely filly, Rebecca. Getting married on October 29th this is the ginger steed’s final gallop for freedom.
5. Papillon (Five Star Taxis)
Taxi company providing a Five Star service in the borders for over 10 years, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 01896 756789
6. Bindaree (Borders Sport and Leisure Trust)
Leisure trust providing fitness leisure facilities throughout the Scottish Borders. Helping to get borderers more active more often. www.bslt.org.uk
7. Lord Gyllene (Central Gas Services & Queens Head, Kelso)
Central Gas Services can help you with your new central heating systems from the installation to repairs. We have a high reputation among all our customers for our high standard of work. At the Queens Head Hotel, you will find a warm and friendly welcome in this family run establishment. Whether looking for a relaxing holiday, weekend break, or a memorable meal, the Queens Head Hotel will provide you with the perfect setting. www.borderscentralheating.co.uk and www.queensheadhotelkelso.com
8. Minniehoma (A1 Aerials, Melrose)
At A1 Aerials we pride ourselves on delivering quality aerials and satellite solutions at affordable prices. We cater for both the domestic and commercial markets. If it involves an aerial or satellite or even both, A1 Aerials has the solution for you. www.a1aerials.tv
9. Rubstic (Grant Buchan painter, Galashiels)
A painting and decorating service based in Galashiels with a quality finish for the Scottish Borders and beyond. 07790771312
10. Bertram Macmillan
Macmillan Cancer Support horse supported by the Bertram family. Macmillan believe everyone should be entitled to the best cancer treatment and support,wherever they are. If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just someone to talk to, call free 0808 808 00 00.
11. Comply or Die (Grove Bedding, Galashiels)
Grove Bedding family run business est 1964, one of Scotlands most prestigious suppliers and manufacturers of high-quality mattresses, beds and frames. Not only do we supply beds & mattresses through out our shops we also supply to the hotels, guest houses, hospitals and letting agencies. www.grovebedding.com - Current Champions!
12. Party Politics (W Hislop Flooring Services, Jedburgh & Melrose)
Come to us for accurate planning and professional laying of a wide range of floor coverings, with carpets, vinyl, laminates etc in a myriad of designs used in a wide variety of interiors. Visit our new shop “Flooring @twelve by W. Hislop” in Melrose 01896 823353. Also in Jedburgh.
13. English Raider (SCO) (Mr & Mrs Smith)
The English Raider is trained south of the border and has been aimed at this race all year. We train in a small yard in South Yorkshire and feed all our horses on the Equine Food of Champions – a mixture of good quality meal, syrup of figs, Guinness and concentrated prune juice for added propulsion.
The trainers are a little concerned that the front end of the horse will be putting up a stone overweight but they are assured that this is ‘all muscle’. The horse has agreed to give all prize money to Macmillan Cancer Support.
14. Dobbin (Borders Barmy Army)
The Borders Barmy Army is a group of people who live in the Scottish Borders who do daft and difficult challenges for charity in our trademark kilts. We have now launched our new campaign that will see us and 30 participants take on the 3 peaks challenge in our trademark kilts in May 2012. We will be fundraising for the Borders Macmillan Unit at the Borders General Hospital. To find out how to join us in our 3 peaks challenge or to sponsor us please visit www.bordersbarmyarmy.com
15. Hedgehunter (Slice of Lime)
Sliceoflime.net is a small web design and development IT company based in the beautiful rolling hills of the Scottish Borders. With over 10+ years of experience working within IT we have the ability and professionalism to deliver on all your web and IT requirements. www.sliceoflime.net
16. Ballabriggs (AVcomms Scotland Ltd)
AVcomms strives to become market leaders in consultancy, design and installation of multimedia and communications technologies. With over 15 years experience, AVcomms can provide your business and residential alike with a cost effective and professional service. www.avcommsltd.com
See how much fun our inaugural race in 2009 was below.