Olympic eventing team bronze medalist, William Fox-Pitt is one of the quality international field heading to Scotland for Blair Castle Horse Trials this week (21-14 August).

Just back from recording the second fastest cross-country round at the Olympics, William has 3 horses in the 1-star (Bartley Mill, Carofin Flyer and Bay Tokay) and a single ride in the 2-star, Cool Mountain.

Riders from eight nations, including USA, New Zealand and Australia, will be taking part when the event kicks off tomorrow. These include eventing legend Lucinda Green, who will be contesting the 3-star class with Cry Freedom. The pair finished 9th last year.

Another rider familiar with Blair is Nicola Wilson, who was a team gold medalist and won individual silver in the European Young Rider Eventing Championships at Blair last year. She has horses in all 3 sections. Fellow GB team member Nicola Malcolm from Renfrewshire brings back her grey team horse, McFly, for the 3-star and a youngster for the 1-star.

Other rider sure to catch the eye is Olivia Haddow with her attractive ‘coloured cob’ Patris Filius in the three-star. Olivia was H&H’s rider diarist in the run up to Burghley last year and picked up many supporters along the way. Don’t miss this year’s Burghley diary updates from Sara Squires and Tracy Garside on Horseandhound.co.uk/burghley08.

As well as the thrills and spills of three-day eventing, Blair also plays host to top class showing and show jumping classes as well as it’s spectacular Country Fair, supported by Bruadar, and shopping in the vast tented village.

And make sure you stop off at the Horse & Hound stand, where you can get 35% discounts on subscriptions to H&H and our sister titles Horse and Eventing, plus a Masta rug (while stocks last).

For tickets, more details and a complete list of entries, visit www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk