The Festival of the Horse and Boys' Ploughing Match

18 Aug 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Beach at Sands O' Wright

St Margaret's Hope is the venue for one of Orkney’s most unique occasions.

Once a year in the village of St Margaret's Hope in South Ronaldsay, Orkney, young girls gather at the local school for a contest. Their costumes glint and jangle as they circle the square dressed as working horses, complete with collar and headdress in costumes handed down through generations.

The boys compete in a match at the Sands O' Wright - a vast beach just outside the village. They use their miniature ploughs to draw lines in the sand, learning the craft of the finely tilled furrow.

Events get underway with a performance of 'Sea Hames' at the St Margaret's Hope School at 1pm. Then the horse parade of costumes will begin at 2pm, with the ploughing match beginning on the sand at 3.30pm.

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