Get ready to ride at Land Rover Floors Castle Horse Trials

May 8th, 2018

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This weekend, 11 – 13th May 2018, the Scottish Borders will play host to one of the largest equestrian events in Scotland. The Land Rover Floors Castle Horse Trials will welcome a number of the UK’s top eventers including Oliver Townend who is currently ranked No1 in the world and the UK’s top female rider Izzy Taylor. Local competitors Henny Cooper and Rosa Onslow will be among those taking on these high ranking athletes for the top title.

There will be ten different classes of varying difficulties and jumping heights from 90cm right up to the CIC** which has a fence height of 1.20metres.

Alongside the eventing there will be many other competitions include National Schools Equestrian Association Show Jumping. The Scottish Borders are well represented in these classes with teams representing Morebattle Primary, Kelso High School, Peebles High School and Earlston High among many others. In previous years winners from this event have gone on to perform exceptionally well with a number of wins and placings in the Championships which are held in Buckinghamshire in October.

Retraining of Racehorse and thoroughbred class also feature in the programme. Designed to showcase the versatility of the thoroughbred, these classes provide racehorses with a competition life after their racing careers have finished. The popular Bughley Young Event Horse competition returns and gives those that win at Floors an opportunity to compete at the world renowned Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford.

The not for profit event has been run at Floors Castle for over 25 years and this year received title sponsorship from Land Rover; an honour only reserved for a select few events per year.

Her Grace the Duchess of Roxburghe, co-organiser of the international event, said: “We are all excited to welcome Land Rover as our title sponsor and to join their stable of prestigious international equestrian events including the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Royal Windsor Horse Show. We are grateful to Land Rover and all our existing sponsors for supporting us as a major event in the Scottish equestrian calendar.”

The horse trials receives sponsorship from a number of local firms including A. Hume Country Clothing, Thomas Sheriffs and MKM Building Supplies Galashiels. Sponsorship Manager Debbie Whalley said “We’re very lucky at Floors to receive fantastic support from local companies like Kyowa Kirin and Eskdale Shooting Services who have all been with us for a number of years now. As well as receiving brand exposure, our sponsors enjoy lots of benefits including a delicious lunch in the hospitality marquee which is catered for by the Castle Kitchens.”

Spectators are welcome to attend the event to watch the action unfold with family entertainment throughout the weekend as well as a shopping village with various catering outlets. Tickets are available daily at the Front Gates.

The Land Rover Floors Castle Horse Trials will be held from the 11 – 13th May 2018 at Floors Castle in Kelso. Spectators can enjoy dressage, show jumping and cross country on each day with tickets available to purchase on the gate.


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