The stage is Nicola Wilson Blair Annie Clover now set for the 2017 Blair Castle Horse Trials, sponsored by Equi-Trek, which will take place on 24-27 August in a beautiful natural bowl located between the Perthshire mountains.

A record number of horses and ponies are due to compete in the grounds of Blair Castle across a raft of classes – from international eventing to showing, showjumping and Pony Club Games – so there will be plenty of action to enjoy. The event is also hosting the sixth leg of the Event Rider Masters series, with a live stream of the action available to watch online.

The first horse inspection takes place at 3.30pm on Wednesday 23 August in the main arena. The calibre of competitor at this year’s international Blair Castle Horse Trials is exceptional, and includes British number one Oliver Townend, the legendary Sir Mark Todd and a double handful of Olympians, including Christopher Burton, Yoshi Oiwa, Gemma Tattersall and Ludwig Svennerstall.

The main action kicks off on Thursday 24 August when the hunter and Highland pony showing classes, plus arena eventing take place, along with international dressage. British Showjumping classes opens Friday’s action, which also hosts more dressage and the NPS Scotland showing finals.

Spectators will be spoilt for choice during the weekend: dressage, showjumping and cross-country, the hugely competitive Pony Club mounted games, plus Bruadar Country Fair demonstrations will provide entertainment from 8.30am until late afternoon.

Also over the weekend, Blair Castle Horse Trials’ official charity, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, will be hosting its abseil challenge. Adventurers are invited to drop nearly 100ft off the castle’s 13th century tower, whilst raising money for this essential lifesaving service.

For four days the showground will be home to more than 200 trade stands, offering something for all tastes and budgets, while Blair will also offer its usual array of Scottish hospitality each evening; charity whisky tasting, a ceilidh, live band and disco as well as the on-site bar where friends can meet up to discuss the day’s events.