Hopetoun 2012 Horse Trials
The Gillespie Macandrew Horse Trials will make a welcome return to Hopetoun House this summer for an exhilarating display of equestrian excellence in the grounds of Scotland’s finest stately home.
Covering a variety of disciplines including show jumping, dressage, and cross-country, the event will showcase some of the UK’s most renowned riding talent. The event will also provide an exquisite balance of the finest shopping, locally sourced food and drink, country pursuits and entertainment with plenty to engage the younger audience.
With the course designed by Scottish Olympian, Ian Stark, the Horse Trials will naturally become a focus for the 2012 games with giant screens broadcasting live action from London.
Al fresco dining will be a civilised occasion in the Hopetoun marquee. Musical accompaniment will provide the backdrop food from the Hopetoun Farm Shop, champagne by Canard-Duchene, real ale and luxury picnic hampers available to pre-order.
Younger visitors will get the chance to ride a pony courtesy of the event’s charity partners, Riding for the Disabled, as well as a host of other attractions.
From the West End to the West Lawn, exclusive retailers will present their latest collections within the shopping arena alongside international brands such as Barbour and Hunter.
Stuart Buntine, organiser of The Gillespie Macandrew Horse Trials said: “This is a once a year chance to experience the thrill of this magnificent sport combined with some of life’s pleasures namely food, entertainment and shopping. Set against the backdrop of Hopetoun House, The Horse Trials offer a unique day out which everyone will enjoy.”
Tickets available at www.hopetoun.co.uk/horse-trials.html or from the Hopetoun Farm Shop. Telephone 0131 331 1546 for more information.
Advance adult tickets cost £10 each per day, £15 on the gate
Children under the age of 14 go free
£5 charge for car parking that is payable per day. Car parking passes can be bought in advance for £3 .
As part of the Horse Trials, Hopetoun is also hosting the following events:
Friday evening (27th July) – an Olympic Garden Party – to celebrate the launch of the Olympic games. Giant screen relaying live action from London, pony club games, musical entertainment from Edinburgh Rock choir; plus shopping, fine food and drink. Tickets cost £6 per adult, £4 per child or £12 for a family ticket
Saturday evening (28th July) - The Gathering - a ceileidh on the grounds of Hopetoun House. Tickets cost £15 and include a drink and hog roast.