Borderers try their hand at tilting

Danish aficionados of the ancient equestrian art of tilting are in Scotland to try to revive interest in the sport

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An international 'tilting' competition between Scotland and Denmark is taking place in the Scottish Borders.

It is one of the highlights of the Borders Festival of the Horse.

A demonstration event took place at the Haining in Selkirk on Thursday with the international challenge at Bowhill the following day.

The equestrian challenge sees riders gallop towards a "gallows" and try to catch a suspended ring on the end of their lance.

The winner of the event is the person who manages to catch the smallest ring, which starts at 22mm in diameter, getting smaller each round and typically going down to about 5mm.

Tilting has a history dating back about 400 years and its traditions hold similar importance in the South Jutland area of Denmark as the common ridings do in the Scottish Borders.

The sport is said to require "skill and precision as well as well-trained horses and participants".

Two groups, at King's Equestrian near Jedburgh and at Bowhill Stables near Selkirk, have been training throughout the winter to take part.

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