Monday, November 22, 2010

Eventing: New International Horse Trials for Scotland

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PLANS are now well underway for Scotland’s new International Horse Trials which will take place at Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh, on July 30-31 2011.

Situated on the banks of the Firth of Forth, Hopetoun’s 6,500 acre estate will provide the setting for the new CIC** and CIC*** classes as well as BE90, BE100 and Novice sections.

Olympic Silver medallist Ian Stark OBE has been appointed course designer. Following his first visit to the estate, he said :“The Park at Hopetoun offers great scope for a very exciting course. This is a magnificent setting and we plan to bring the cross-country course through the garden and across the front of the house. This will give sponsors and spectators some great views.”

The Earl of Hopetoun who lives with his family at the House, is at the centre of the new venture. “We are delighted to be staging this new and prestigious International Horse Trials,” said Lord Hopetoun. “It provides an opportunity to build on the very popular and successful event run here for 15 years by Peter Dale and his volunteer committee, to whom we are extremely grateful.”

Alongside the equestrian classes, a whole host of attractions and entertainment is planned to take place on the extensive West Lawn adjacent to Hopetoun House and in the adjoining Deer Park.

Stuart Buntine, former international event rider and well known equestrian event organiser, has been appointed Event Director. “ This is a magnificent location for an international event,” he said. “The fabulous setting in the grounds of this beautiful stately home will provide a unique day out.” He hoped the addition of the CIC** and CIC*** classes would bring many of the leading international riders from the south, as well as from all over Scotland. “The opportunity for riders to compete at all levels during the weekend should be a distinct attraction,” he said.

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