The Blair Castle Horse TrialsÂ has grown into one of the most important dates in the equestrian calendar in Scotland. Running over four days at the amazing location of Blair Castle in Perthshire, the event sees Olympic medallists rub shoulders with amateurs in jumping and showing classes. This year will be the 26th year the trials have been held at Blair.
TheÂ BruadarÂ Country fair runs alongside the Trials, with over 200 trade stands selling food and drink to 4x4s and Agas!
Prices range from Â£11 per adult per day in advance, while accompanied kids under 10 go free. Thereâ€™s a caravan site if you want to stay over â€“ seeÂ hereÂ for more information. Or maybe glamping is more your style! Weekend tickets are available.
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Yes, you heard us â€“ man versus horse. We know it sounds like a foregone conclusion, and for the last three years, this 26km race involving runners and riders, a horse has won. However, last year, there was only 10 minutes in it, so we’re looking forward to a thrilling finish! This year, horses across the finish line will be held until their heart rate slows to 64bpm, so it is feasible that a human could win.
The terrain does involve some steep climbs, affording magnificent views, and this also helps to even things out between horses and runners. There’s a feast of sandwiches and cakes at the finish line in Dores to spur competitors on. Hopefully some oats are on offer too.