RECORD ENTRIES FOR BLAIR HORSE TRIALS
Entries for this years Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials from August 24th to 27th have exceeded all expectations, and the organisers have had to ballot out a number of horses for the first time.
Co-director and organiser, Tim Hadaway said, "We are delighted at the popularity of the event and did consider the possibility of running three days of dressage followed by two days of speed and endurance, but the logistics of such an exercise were not possible at this late stage."
A total of 200 horses have been accepted, 110 in the two star and 90 in the one star class, and about 180 are expected to run even this will mean a long day on Saturday.
The truly international field with 16 countries represented includes Rodney Powell, who has been selected to ride as an individual at the Sydney Olympics. William Fox-Pitt fresh from his win at Gatcombe has entered Just a Sovereign and Wallow. New Zealanders, Blyth Tait and Andrew Nicholson have both entered horses with Blyth getting the ride on Ronnie Bartletts Ironic, which won the Scottish Novice Championships at Thirlestane last year.
The local flag will be flown by Sarah England from Methven, with White Chief, Alexi Mackinnon from Blair Atholl with Lenamore and Veyatie Archibald from Kinfauns with Staffa, while other Scots include Alec Lochore, Tom Clark and Louisa Milne-Home.
The popularity of the Bowmore Blair Castle event is not just confined to the three day event. There has also been a massive 900 BSJA entries (100 have been turned away) over the three days, 150 working and ridden hunters, 150 Highland Ponies and 125 for the Pony Club Games on Saturday.
For further details please visit the Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair website - click here