Scottish equestrian fans are celebrating today as Blair Castle in Perthshire has been announced as the host venue of the high profile FEI European Eventing Championships 2015. The British bid, backed by The Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, saw off competitive tenders from Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and Belgium to be granted the competition rights by the Bureau of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on Friday 8 June 2012.
Identifying a desire to capitalise on the Olympic legacy, Robertson declared the bid a ‘top priority’ for the UK Government and described eventing as ‘an integral part of our sporting culture’. He commented: “The 2015 European Eventing Championships is one of the most prestigious international sports events to be staged by the UK as part of the 2012 major events sports legacy. Having been part of the presentation team, I am delighted that we have been successful and sure we will deliver a fantastic event.”
Led by British Equestrian Federation Chief Executive, Andrew Finding, the five strong bid team also included the expertise of Stuart Turner, Events Director for EventScotland; Rebecca Edser, Events Consultant at UK Sport and Alec Lochore, Event Director of the Blair Castle International Horse Trials.
The Blair Castle Horse Trials is Scotland's leading equestrian event and each year welcomes over 40,000 visitors over four days in August each year. The Atholl Estate has played host to the FEI Young Rider European Championships twice in the last five years but this is the first time a senior equestrian Championship has been awarded north of the border.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Securing the 2015 European Eventing Championships is a fantastic achievement, and in Blair Castle we have a stunning venue which is familiar to the eventing community. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and with the addition of the European Eventing Championships to our upcoming portfolio; our international pedigree continues to go from strength to strength.”
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