‘It’s the end of an era for everyone involved’, much-loved horse trials loses venue

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Blair Castle International Horse Trials organizers have announced that the 2024 event will be the last to be held on the Scottish grounds.

While the future remains uncertain, this year’s event, August 22nd—25th, promises a spectacular celebration marking its final farewell on the grounds.

In accordance with renewed environmental aims, regenerative agriculture looks set to shape the future of the farmland where the event first event took place in 1989.

The event, which has been hosted at Blair for 35 years, is yet another blow to the British eventing community, who only a matter of weeks ago heard about the cancellation of Gatcombe.


Alec Lochore, Event Director, commented: “This event became a phenomenal international success and has had unstinting support from the Blair Castle team. 

“Of course, it is the end of an era for everyone involved – sponsors, competitors, volunteers, spectators and many more – and we are determined to sign off with a tremendous celebration at this year’s event in August.

“At this stage it is too early to say what the future holds. There are a significant number of equestrian bodies involved, and discussions to explore options will have to take place.

“The equestrian community is extremely grateful to the Blair Castle team for its outstanding commitment over so many years.”

Bertie Troughton, Resident Trustee of Blair Castle, said: “It has been a great pleasure and privilege being at the centre of Scottish equestrianism for so many years. We are bowing out after this year with huge gratitude to everyone who made the event so special. We are looking forward to hosting a fantastic event later this year, which will be a fitting tribute to hosting the event for 35 years.”

All arrangements for entries and competitors for the Defender Blair Castle International Horse Trials 2024 remain unchanged. Full details are available on the horse trials website: Blair Horse Trials.

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