Film ID: YFA 5605 Video of YFA_5605 Kiplingcotes Races 6 KIPLINGCOTES RACES 6 1950s Visitor TabsDescription This is one of seven short films showing the Kiplingcotes races in East Riding in the 1950s filmed by Norman Stephenson who lived at Arras Farm. The film documents the race from a position near to the finishing line. The film begins on Kiplingcotes Lane, still with some snow on the ground, where a female rider gives her saddle to a man before being weighted near the Kiplingcotes Winning Post. Behind are a row of parked cars, including a trailer with a large bottle of Bass Pale Ale. More riders are weighed. A female rider stands next to her white horse. The riders, including one teenage boy, make their way trotting along the lane to the start of the race. Men stand near the winning post in their long overcoats, and women in their headscarves as the riders cross the line. Context A great historic tradition continues in the Yorkshire Wolds as people gather to ride in and watch the famous Kiplingcotes Derby. Farmer Norman Stephenson only had to pop out of his home of Arras Farm in the East Riding to witness, and film, the Kiplingcotes Derby which started and finished just a few yards away. As we come towards the end of winter some time in the 1950s, the oldest surviving flat race in the country gets underway, with possibly one of its youngest entrants. This is one of seven short films showing the Kiplingcotes races in the East Riding in the 1950s filmed by Norman Stephenson who also filmed various farming events in the area. The Kiplingcotes Derby is famous for being the oldest surviving equestrian event in Britain, dating back to 1519. It takes place on the third Thursday in March, and tradition has it that if it ever misses a year, the derby must come to an end - hence it never has. Even in the bleak winter of 1947, and 2001 the year of foot and mouth, a single horse completed the course. Anyone can enter the race, though riders under 10 stone have to make up to that amount using weights. The youngest ever winner was Josephine Brown in 1963 and riding Vulbalin.