The final touches are being put on the grounds for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship in Scotland, with fewer than 100 days to go to the landmark event.
Held at Blair Castle on the Atholl Estates in the Scottish Highlands from September 10 to 13, the important championship forms part of UK Sport’s major events programme, which is investing about £40 million of National Lottery funding to bring up to 100 world-class events to Great Britain to help build a strong legacy from London 2012 and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Championship is also supported by EventScotland, which has a longstanding relationship with the team at Blair Castle.
“The team at Blair Castle are ready to welcome all competitors, visitors and volunteers to one of the most prestigious equestrian events in this year’s eventing calendar,” said Event Director Alec Lochore.
“We have been building up to this landmark date and are incredibly lucky to be working with some fantastic sponsors and event partners, who like us, are looking forward to the months ahead and the final preparations for this major championship in September.
“It will be a privilege to welcome some of the best riders in Europe who will assemble at Blair Castle to contend for the top honour of Individual and Team European Champions,” Lochore said.
As well as the eventing competition, Blair Castle will host an additional four arenas of competition and family entertainment, including Pony Club Mounted Games, Highland Pony showing and British Showjumping competitions, plus the unique Bruadar Country Fair. In addition, the extensive shopping village will cater for all tastes, with culinary delights, fashion accessories and country gifts being just some of the things on offer.
Ticket sales are strong and ahead of expectations, and those looking to attend are urged to book early.