Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair has seen off competition from iconic sporting institutions such as the Scottish Football League to take the “Best Long-term Sponsorship Award” at this year’s Scottish Sport Sponsorship Awards.

Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials is Scotland’s leading equestrian event and one of only three international three-star horse trials in the UK. Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has sponsored it since 1996.

The event takes place in the grounds of Scotland’s most visited historic home, Blair Castle, and last year’s attendance figure showed a 267% increase during the past eight years.

Horse Trials director, Sarah Phillips, says: “We’re delighted to achieve this kind of recognition for a Scottish sporting event that is truly on the international map. The Bowmore Blair Castle International Horse Trials attracts competitors from around the world and 33,000 people came to watch last year.”

Mike Keiller, chief executive of Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited, says: “This is a win for an event that showcases Scotland at its best – it’s fitting that Bowmore is a part of that and we’re enormously proud of our partnership and its success.”

This year’s event takes place on 26-29 August. For more information visit: www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk