Common Riding and Festival Season continues

The annual Braw Lads Gathering has seen hundreds of horses processing through Galashiels

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Jockey praises Braw Lads Gathering

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has hailed the success of yesterday's Braw Lads Gathering in Galashiels.

The 23-year-old, who was last year's Braw Lad, was one of the 6 principal riders during the event.

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Well what a gala day we all had. Well Done to everybody involved. Truly amazing. @brawlads #brawlads

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Grand National winner hails "amazing" Gala day

This year's Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been taking part in the Braw Lads Gathering in Galashiels.

The 23-year-old, who romped to victory on Auroras Encore in the famous race at Aintree, was also Braw Lad during last year's event.

He said: "I stood here last year thinking, I made a speech saying the only thing that would top being Braw Lad would be to win the Grand National and then I went and done it!"

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Braw Lads Gathering

Riders have been galloping along Scott Street in Galashiels for the Braw Lads Gathering.

Horses gallop along Scott Street in Galashiels Credit: ITV
Horses gallop along Scott Street in Galashiels Credit: ITV
Horses gallop along Scott Street in Galashiels Credit: ITV

Braw Lads Gathering staged in Galashiels

This year's Braw Lads Gathering has begun in Galashiels. The celebration is one of the oldest equestrian events in the world, paying homage to the times when riders patrolled the boundaries of their settlements on horseback.

Crowds cheer for the Braw Lad and Braw Lass Credit: ITV
Riders crossing the ford in Galashiels Credit: ITV
Crowds gather for the Braw Lads Gathering in Galashiels Credit: ITV
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