Blair Castle horse trials will draw worldwide visitors

Over 45,000 people and 1800 horses are expected to journey to Blair Castle in Perthshire next week.

They will be attending the annual Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials, taking place between Thursday 23 and Sunday 26 August. Visitors will travel from across the globe to watch an estimated 1800 horses compete.

Scotland’s premier equestrian event is set against the stunning backdrop of Blair Castle, attendees will be able to watch a number of events take place throughout each of the four days, including the exciting Cross Country, Highland Pony Show, British Show Jumping and Pony Club Mounted Games.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be watching international riders competing in the finale of the Event Rider Masters series.
Families can take a break from the competition action to watch the Bruadar Country Fair; taking in the antics of the ducks and dogs in the Quack Commandos, cheering on the Pig Racing or enjoying the Vintage Tractors before experiencing the excitement of the Horse Power Cossack Show.

The historic grounds will also host a pop-up shopping village for the duration of the event, with over 200 stalls housing everything from gorgeous home accessories to a bottle of your favourite tipple and stylish country clothing.

Whisky lovers can book tickets to an exclusive whisky tasting with official drinks partner Bruadar, with all proceeds being donated to the chosen charity for this year’s International Horse Trials, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Andrew Bruce Wooton, general manager at Atholl Estates, said: ‘The Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials always prove to be an incredible few days, with a wealth of local and international visitors coming together to cheer on over 1,800 talented equestrians.

‘Blair Castle is the perfect setting for this prestigious event, with both the venue and the Horse Trials steeped in history. The perfect summer day out for families and individuals alike, we look forward to welcoming both participants and visitors to the Estate and would like to wish everyone taking part the best of luck.’

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s director of events, said: ‘The Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials is a key fixture in our annual calendar of events, helping drive Scotland’s visitor economy by attracting equestrian fans from across the world to our shores. EventScotland has been a long-term supporter of the event and we are delighted to be continuing our support in 2018.

‘With Blair Castle providing the perfect stage for Scotland’s biggest equestrian event, the packed programme of events and activities alongside the trials makes for a great day out.’

Tickets for the event are available to pre-purchase online and start from just £12. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day.

For more information on the event, or to book your ticket, visit www.blairhorsetrails.co.uk.

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