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Blair Castle International Horse Trials Delighted At Continued Support
Blair, Atholl, Scotland
Photo: Camilla Walther
2006 Three Star Winner, Clea Phillipps and Lead The Way
The organisers of Scotland's leading equestrian event, The Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair have announced the continued support of a number of funding partners including the national events agency, EventScotland.

This is the fourth year of support for the Horse Trials and commenting on the event hosting the European Young Rider Eventing Championship this year, Paul Bush, Acting Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland said, "Our support for these Championships builds on the partnership we have developed over the last four years with the event. Our investment in the Blair Castle International Horse Trials has already helped the event develop through our Regional Events Programme, to a level worthy of international status and which is now supported through our programme for international events."

He continued, "Our vision at EventScotland is to enhance Scotland's international profile as one of the world's foremost event destinations by 2015, increasing visitor numbers to Scotland and maximising all tourism related business for the continued development of the Scottish economy."

Perth and Kinross Council, sportscotland and the Scottish Equestrian Association also support the Horse Trials which is the only three-star three-day event in Scotland and one of only three in the UK.

Councillor Alan Livingstone, Convenor Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee at Perth and Kinross Council said, "We are thrilled that the Blair Castle International Horse Trials has secured the 2007 European Eventing Championships for Young Riders. The event brings valuable ecomonic benefits to the rural economy in Highland Perthshire and the Council is delighted to be working in partnership with the event organizers, EventScotland and sportscotland to develop this international event.

"Perth and Kinross continues to build its reputation and capability to host major events and the Council is committed to playing its part in supporting the development of these events for the future."

Plans are already well under way for hosting this major championship from August 23rd to 26th and Horse Trials Director, Sarah Phillips said, "We are looking forward to welcoming around 65 young riders from up to 16 European nations. Atholl Estates is committed to running a top class international event with three, two and one star classes alongside the Championship.

"We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from EventScotland, Perth and Kinross Council, sportscotland and the SEA over the years which have allowed us to develop the Horse Trials into one of Scotland's leading international events." Four days of world class equestrian competition is complimented by a massive tented village of over 250 shops and the Bruadar Country Fair which takes place over the weekend and includes spectacular arena displays such as Jumpin' Jake's Farmer Ted Show - Jumpin' Jake is one of the UK's top quad bike stunt riders.

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