Cornet Gregor James David Hepburn (23) of Northhouse Farm, Hawick is the youngest son of Ian and Katherine.
Gregor’s eldest brother John (29) works on the family farm and is hoping to ride for the first time this year. Sadly, the family suffered the loss of Adam in 2013 at the young age of 22. He was a keen supporter of the Common-Riding and will be sorely missed throughout the summer
Gregor was educated at Drumlanrig St. Cuthberts Primary School and Hawick High School with the ambition of becoming a vet. After gaining the required grades in 2009, he then went on to the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh. He will graduate this summer to round off what will be a fantastic year.
Gregor first followed Cornet Greg McLeod in 2003 and gained his Mosstrooper badge on his pony Tonto. Adam soon kicked him off and Gregor struck up a formidable pony racing partnership with Robbie. He could be found in other towns throughout the summer months participating in the festivals where possible and there are very few racing trophies in the Borders that Robbie or Stinger didn’t manage to win with Gregor.
This year, Gregor will be riding his 16 year old gelding ‘Sting’. He came from Jim Goldie in the winter of 2006 and they’ve been an inseparable pair for nine years now. He will also ride Adam’s 12 year old gelding ‘Fraser’ and the new girl, 8 year old mare ‘Misty’
Outwith his university commitments, Gregor is a keen rugby player, enjoying the more social side of things with the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School RFC. At any other time, you will find him on the farm helping out and trying to earn his keep!
Gregor is honoured to be given the chance by ‘Tank’ to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before him as Cornet of 2015. He cannot wait to carry the cherished ‘Banner Blue’ and lead the townsfolk of Hawick in what should be another memorable year. Along with his family, Gregor hopes that everyone has a truly outstanding Common-Riding.
2013 Cornet Ritson Sings with Scocha
- About the Common Riding
- Election of Cornet
- Congratulatory Smoker
- St Leonards Hut
- Exiles Night
- Colour Bussing
- The Moor
- Dinner & Ball
- Race Programme