The Organisers of Hopetoun Horse Trials (2), regretfully have had to make the decision to withdraw their grassroots level competition from the BE calendar in 2015 onwards. However, British Eventing is extremely grateful to the Organisers of Central Scotland Horse Trials who have very kindly agreed to step in to the space on Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 July 2015 as a replacement opportunity in the region, to be held at Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian.
Stuart Buntine of Bede Events Ltd explained the change: “Further to a meeting with Hopetoun Estate it became increasingly apparent that the grassroots level competition was no longer a viable option for the Estate and Bede Events to run.
“Unfortunately the increased requirement to keep the park free from stock for the extra five weeks makes a significant impact on logistics, this plus the challenge of taking the Bede Ltd team north makes the event increasingly difficult to run. We would like to thank everyone who came to this fixture previously for their support.”
Dalkeith Organiser Bruce Edward commented: “Central Scotland has always traditionally had two fixtures each season, so it is great to be able to utilise this fantastic site twice this year. Sadly the downside is that this news comes because of the loss of another event in the region, ideally we would have liked to have a new one added for members in Scotland.
“We are hoping to introduce some interesting changes to the cross country course for the July Event so watch this space for further news.”