This weekend was possibly the last blast of summer, and I felt I deserved a weekend off to enjoy it, so I finally managed to go to an event I’ve been trying to visit for many years, but never quite found the time: Blair International Horse Trials.
One of the premier equine events in Scotland, it takes place in the glorious grounds of Blair Castle, where, along with other rich historical events, Queen Victoria fell in love with the Scottish Highlands.
Blair presents one of the most testing Horse Trials in the country, courtesy of its steep inclines, and we saw more than one horse wisely retired as a result of lack of fitness, but there was also much quality competition, including UK Olympic team gold medallist and individual silver medallist, Tom McEwen.
Here’s a flavour of the events:
Such a glorious setting, and the sun was high, one of the hottest days of summer 2021.
That’s a brief flavour of a fantastic day out. Several friends camped on site for the entire 4 days, its that popular.
For me, my last bit of exercise (hiking up that hill) for a couple of weeks – this morning I had steroid injections into both my hips to try to improve my comfort, and my ability to sleep, which has been almost non-existent for several months. I have to sit around for 48 hours and not do any serious exercise for 10 days – very odd in my life – so planning to try wrapping up The Prince’s Heir first draft before getting stuck into the equestrian book – working title ‘100 Exercises for Dressage’.