Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th August 2002
Top Riders For Bowmore Blair Castle Horse Trials
from as far afield as New Zealand and South Africa are descending
on Blair Castle next week to take part in the Bowmore Blair Castle
International Horse Trials from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August.
is the 14th year of what Ian Stark once described as "The best
three-day event in the world," and each year a number of new
competitors find their way to Highland Perthshire to ride in this
most popular, friendly but challenging event.
years winner, and one of Britains furthest travelled
riders is Lucy Wiegersma from Penzance in Cornwall. She has Friday
Morning in the two star and will be hoping for better luck with
Friday Feeling in the one star section this year, as in 2001 she
failed to complete after leading the dressage stage.
Zealands Caroline Powell has a horse in each section as does
Swedish rider, Linda Algotsson, who is competing at Blair for the
first time. Veteran Irish rider, Eric Smiley will be one of the
favourites for the two star with Breeze, with top riders from south
of the border such as Terry Boon and Darrell Scaife hot on his heels.
girl, Louisa Milne Home from Kinross was a member of the victorious
Scottish team last year and will be hoping for individual honours
next weekend. She has both Melody River and Stronacroibh running
in the one star class.
Hynd and Suzanne Lumgair, both hail from Angus and have successfully
completed Blair in the past. Kirsty has Welton Maximillion in the
one star while also in that class is Suzanne with her new ride,
there are 123 competitors in the one star and 68 starters in the
two star. Riders from both sections will have dressage on either
Thursday or Friday, before the challenge of speed and endurance
on Saturday which involves four phases including roads and tracks,
cross country and a steeplechase. Sunday sees the exciting climax
of the three-day event, when riders showjump in reverse order of
on Thursday a top class Highland Pony show and a full programme
of hunter and working hunter classes take place, while Friday, Saturday
and Sunday sees one of the biggest showjumping competitions in the
country with well over 1000 entries over the three days.
Bowmore Blair Castle event has become increasingly popular with
families in recent years thanks to the variety of activities and
entertainment on offer at the Country Fair. Smokey Gray and his
duck-herding dog is returning this year by popular request, as are
the RAF Police Northern Area Voluntary Dog Display Team.
woodland area includes a steam train and fascinating displays and
demonstrations by lumberjacks, tree-surgeons and wood carvers.
organisers thought they had their hands full last year with around
170 trade stands, but this year the grounds of Blair Castle are
choc-a-bloc with 220 shopping opportunities. The range of goods
is vast, from fine clothes and jewellery to garden furniture and
saddlery. New trade exhibitors include The Silk Route, which sells
designer special occasion wear, Corporate Shooting Scotland, which
has laser shooting simulaters and Simpson Marine which sells fishing
Craft Fair marquee has been extended by 40 feet to allow 11 new
exhibitors in to bring the total to 41, while the best of Scottish
produce will be available in the Festival of Food.
those who get tired shopping, the answer is a quick dram in the
Bowmore Tasting tent and then relax around one of the four arenas
to watch anything from Pony Club Games to showjumping to falconry.
is only £6 on Thursday and Friday, £10 on Saturday and
£8 on Sunday. Children under 14 years of age are £2
if accompanied by an adult, while children under 5 are free and
car parking is free.
For further details please
visit the Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country
Fair website - click here