Sunday Horse Inspection

In rather less clement conditions than at the first horse inspection, the remaining international competitors presented their horses in front of the relevant Ground Juries. CCI1* Three horses were withdrawn overnight, most notably Nicola Wilson’s Elite Jaguar who was lying in third place. Iona Campbell’s Edelwijs II and Jess Bell’s Ballybrack Dakota also failed to … Continue reading “Sunday Horse Inspection”

Saturday round up from Land Rover Blair Castle

Saturday at the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials was action packed. There were nine hours of CCI3*, CCI2* and CCI1* cross-country, CIC3* show jumping and cross-country, and ERM dressage, all of which took place in nigh on perfect conditions. CIC3* While Oliver Townend had dominated yesterday’s dressage phase to hold first, second, third, … Continue reading “Saturday round up from Land Rover Blair Castle”

Event Rider Masters CIC3* Dressage

Having filled the top three placings in the CIC3* dressage yesterday, Oliver Townend’s domination continued today in the Event Rider Masters class. He rode in to the top spot on short format specialist Cillnabradden Evo, on whom he won here at Blair two years ago. “It felt pretty disasterous to be honest,” Oliver admitted, “but … Continue reading “Event Rider Masters CIC3* Dressage”

Showing News – Friday roundup

Friday saw the running of the 2018 NPS Scotland Finals and Silver Medal Championships. The climax of the NPS season, the show attracted a record 415 entries. Katrina Of Strathmore, recently bought from breeder Charlie McQuattie by Shona Halford and ridden by Jo Jack, was crowned NPS Scotland/Kilmannan Stud Mountain and Moorland Novice Ridden Champion … Continue reading “Showing News – Friday roundup”

Friday Roundup from Land Rover Blair Castle

The dressage phase for all but the Event Rider Master (ERM) competitors has now been completed – ERM combinations are inside the white dressage boards from 9am tomorrow morning. Heading in to the jumping phases tomorrow, our leaders are: Tom McEwen (CCI3*), Oliver Townend (CIC3*), Piggy French (CCI2*) and James Avery (CCI1*). CCI3* Tom McEwen’s … Continue reading “Friday Roundup from Land Rover Blair Castle”

Showing News – Thursday Roundup

Thursday’s Highland Pony Silver Medal and Hunter shows took place over four arenas and attracted a healthy crowd of spectators. We spoke to a handful of the winners: Marita Dobson-Barr could not have been more delighted with her 12-year-old mare Oatcake Of Whitefield (pictured) when she was crowned Highland In-Hand Champion. “This means everything,” she … Continue reading “Showing News – Thursday Roundup”

Stable Minded

Vicky Dewar has been Stable Manager here for 13 years. We caught up with her to find out more about what this role actually involves…. “Essentially my team and I are the ‘go-to girls’ and first point of contact for questions from any Horse Trials competitors who are stabling overnight,” explained Vicky. A Chartered Accountant … Continue reading “Stable Minded”

Scottish Grassroots Eventing Festival round up

Land Rover Blair Castle International is proud to have hosted the Scottish Grassroots Championships for the first time, for competitors riding at BE90 and BE100 levels [where fences are no bigger than 90cm and 100cm respectively]. The addition of this Festival to the international horse trials means that five Scottish Champions will be crowned by … Continue reading “Scottish Grassroots Eventing Festival round up”

Hannah is hoping for a touch of Magic

Hannah Norvill is quietly excited. And rightly so. The 26-year-old Kiwi will be contesting her first CCI2* this weekend with her eight-year-old gelding Magic Roundabout IV, her equine partner of two years, having bought him from Laurence Hunt who had taken him to Novice level. Hannah also finds herself in the slightly unusual position of … Continue reading “Hannah is hoping for a touch of Magic”