Horse Welfare Policy


Blair Castle Horse Trials is committed to the health and safety of equine athletes. It is very important to keep horse welfare at the forefront of our minds. Therefore, we would like to introduce the Blair Castle Horse Welfare Policy.

  • At all stages during the preparation and training of horses & ponies, welfare must take precedence over all other demands. This includes good horse management, training methods, farriery and tack, and transportation.
  • Horses and competitors must be fit, competent and in good health before, during and afterwards the competitions or shows. Horses should only be presented to compete in a healthy and fit condition.
  • Any action or intent of doping and illicit use of medication constitute a serious welfare issue and will not be tolerated. Please note, the horse might cause the danger also for the ridden judge.
  • Horses should be handled quietly, with care and patience to avoid injury. Dangerous and irresponsible riding or handling of the horse will not be tolerated.
  • Any horse acting in a dangerous or unruly manner will be required to leave the show ground.
  • Rider’s size and weight should be appropriate for the size and condition of the horse.
  • All tack and handling equipment must be suitable, correctly fitted, safe and in good functional condition.
  • All ridden animals must be four years old and over. The age of an animal shall be calculated from the 1st January in the year of its birth.
  • No excessive use of spurs, whip or bit.
  • All animals must be sound.

If, in the opinion of an event official or judge, any horse or pony is in an unsound condition, the judge may require the rider/handler to withdraw the animal from any class.

In showing classes, the judge reserves the right to refuse to ride any horse if in their sole opinion, it is unsafe to do so, or the horse’s welfare would be compromised by doing so.

Any Competitors who appear to be under the influence of excess alcohol or drugs will be immediately disqualified.

Any competitors riding in a manner that is dangerous to themselves, their horse, or other competitors will be immediately disqualified.

The Organisers reserve the right to eliminate competitors if in the opinion of an event official or vet a rider is an inappropriate weight for the horse or pony. This includes riding in the collecting rings and exercise areas.

Outside of a competition arena, any event official who has the concerns about the welfare of a horse will take raise the matter with one of the vets, who have the right to eliminate any animal.

Please note all horses and ponies on the showground may be subject to drug testing and such testing will be via blood or urine samples.

In the case of eliminations on welfare or behaviour grounds, all entry and stabling fees will be forfeit.


All competitors must bring their horse’s passport or ScotEquine card with them to Blair Castle. Random checks may be made by the Organisers or other regulatory bodies.

Passport Guidance

If you have not updated the keeper information on your horse’s passport since you aquired it, please do so before you bring your horse to Blair.

Passport Issuing Organisations

If your horse or pony has a passport which was issued overseas,  you will need to get the passport overstamped by a UK passport issuing organisation, provided the passport is compliant with the Minimum Operating Standards issued by DEFRA.

Passport Overstamping