Scotland's sporting hearts will be beating in the Scottish Highlands next September when the FEI European Eventing Championships come to Atholl Estates. The estate’s fairytale Blair Castle, situated between Perth and Inverness, is preparing to welcome Europe's best event riders to Scotland where they will battle for medal glory on its magnificent estate.
With the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup still fresh in the public imagination, there can be no doubting the Scottish love of top level sport, and three day eventing is the most challenging of all equestrian sports. The riders at Blair Castle next September will be among the best in the world.
The FEI European Eventing Championships form part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded Gold Event Series, an ambitious programme to bring up to 70 world class sporting events to the UK by 2019. The Championships is also supported by EventScotland, who have a longstanding relationship with the team at Blair Castle.
Eventing combines the elegance and precision of the dressage with the thrill and excitement of the adrenalin-charged cross country jumping, where horse and rider gallop over imposing fences, up and down the side of Blair's infamous hillside, and where trust, courage and bravery are paramount; and finally the show jumping, where the tiniest rub of a hoof on a rail can dash dreams in an instant.
Christmas is just around the corner, and tickets to the Blair Castle 2015 FEI European Eventing Championships are a must have for all equestrian and sporting enthusiasts. Truly an opportunity not to be missed.
The Bruadar Country Fair will provide non-horsey visitors with plenty of entertainment while the shopping village, housing over 200 trade stands, will offer a plethora of goodies including a fabulous food hall full of deliciousness. Then in the evenings the air will be filled with sounds of the Ceilidh and live bands.
Visitors to this prestigious event will also have the opportunity to experience the enchanting Blair Castle. Dating back to 1269, the castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to the Atholl Highlanders, the last remaining private army in Europe. Blair houses countless fascinating historical artefacts detailing 700 years of Scottish history and is the perfect place to start a tour of as-yet-undiscovered parts of the country.
The Championships run from 10-13 September 2015. Germany is the current European Champion nation but Great Britain is sure to pull out all the stops on home soil to regain the team title that she held through a remarkable eight consecutive championships, from 1995-2009. So come to Blair Castle next September, immerse yourself in this extraordinary country, and watch world class sport in a truly enchanting setting. Tickets are selling fast – don't be the ones to miss out.
Tickets can be bought or online through the dedicated website, www.blair2015.com