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Bowmore Blair Castle Horse Trials The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair

Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th August 2001


Blair Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl, is set in wonderful parklands in the heart of Perthshire providing a stunning backdrop to this major equestrian event and Country Fair.

The Event first ran as a Three Day Event in 1989 and since then it has grown in popularity both with competitors and spectators. In 1996 Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials hosted the European Junior Championships. This achievement recognised the standard of excellence for which Blair has become internationally renowned. The Event is not confined to horses and their devotees, there is a large tented village with shopping opportunities for all, and an action-packed Country Fair.

What's On

Four days of action packed fun including top class Showjumping, Highland ponies, Hunters, Native breeds and Carriage rides. For the non equestrian in the family we can offer a vast array of attractions. The Country Fair boasts a wealth of entertainment from falconry to duck herding, and there are a selection of 'have a go' activities to bring out the child in you! There is go-karting, archery and even a miniature steam train. In the tented village you will find over 170 shops with something for everyone, whether it's clothes, jewellery, crafts or garden equipment, even a new yard of stables!! You can buy it all here.

Championship Ridden and Working Hunter Show
Highland Pony Showing

Celebration of the Horse in Scotland
BSJA Showjumping

Cross Country
Country Fair
BSJA Showjumping
Scotland's Pony Club Games Championship

Event Show jumping
Arena Displays
Country Fair
BSJA Showjumping

Facts & Figures

In 2000 over 22,000 people flocked through the gates to experience at first hand the thrill of Blair Castle International Horse Trials whilst 29,000 were keeping up to date with all the excitement via our live web link. Over 4 million tuned in to watch the event on a variety of networks across the globe from Europe to Australia, South Africa and even Japan. These figures alone show how known and respected Blair Castle Horse Trials are as one of the world's premier International events.

The Event

The Three Day Event is a comprehensive test of all-round ability of both horse and rider. It evolved from the requirements for a top class military charger - steadiness on parade, the ability to cross the countryside in battle, and then to continue with duties after a strenuous day.

Bowmore Blair Castle Horse Trials

The sport of eventing has significant roots in Perthshire, and we are indeed proud to carry on the tradition at Blair. The Blair Three Day Event began in 1989 as a CCN** and has been run at CCI** level since 1991. The event has gained a reputation for its beautiful scenery and for a course that has always been challenging whilst being solid, fair and not too technical. All the jumps are constructed from home grown timber for which Atholl Estates are famous.

Internationally there are four levels of competition. These are rated by 'Stars'. The event at Blair plays host to competition on two levels. The CCI* caters for those, equine or human, entering their first Three Day Event, while the CCI**, a higher grade, is entered by those wishing to take younger horses on to more advanced levels of competition. In addition, Blair is staging an International Team Competition within the CCI**. Each team consists of four riders, from which the best three scores are taken to determine the winners.

The scoring system is based on penalty marks, the winner therefore being the horse and rider with the lowest number of penalties at the end of the competition.

Nowadays the skill of the rider is at least as important as the ability of the horse. With today's standards, in order to win, both horse and rider must excel at all three phases of the competition.

  1. Dressage
  2. Cross Country:
    • Phase A - Roads Tracks
    • Phase B - Steeplechase
    • Phase C - Roads Tracks
    • Phase D - Cross Country Obstacles
  3. Show Jumping
Bowmore Blair Castle Horse Trials

If you have never been to a horse trials before, don't be misled into thinking it is only about horses.

You will find the Country Fair in full swing and you can try your hand at a variety of country pursuits.

Bowmore Blair Castle Horse Trials Country Fair

So don't miss the chance to come to this most beautiful part of Scotland and participate in a very special event!

For more information on admission, our membership packages and any other aspect of the event, please contact us:

Horse Trials Office
Blair Atholl
Tel. 01796 481543 Fax. 01796 481455

For further details please visit the Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair website - click here
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