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Thousands of visitors expected to flock to Hopetoun Horse Trials
The east of Scotland is set for an economic boost this weekend as thousands of visitors flock to the 2016 Gillespie McAndrew Hopetoun Horse Trials in South Queensferry.
A number of top international equine sporting stars are expected to saddle up today for the third day of the trials, which will bring a welcome boost to Scottish tourism, with visitors from far and wide using local accommodation, dining out and checking out the nearby attractions.
They’ll help to bring an exciting taste of both town and country life to the four-day extravaganza – the highlight of the Scottish eventing calendar – which has been taking centre stage at the 6,500-acre Hopetoun House estate since Thursday (16 June).
Eventing, show jumping, dressage, and carriage driving are just some of the equestrian attractions lined up between today and tomorrow (Sunday, 19 June), when the event will culminate in the final prize-giving ceremony.
The event, which historically draws an eclectic mix of local and international visitors from both city and urban backgrounds, is open to the public and features a range of outdoor activities, food tents, champagne bars, fashion shows, stalls, and pop-up stands showcasing local businesses and attractions, grace the well-kept lawns of what is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes.
Highlights include British show jumping; carriage driving modelled on the FEI World Cup Series; dog agility; flyball; Pony Club show jumping, Pony Club mounted games, fun dog show, vaulting, Lammermuir Gun Dogs, and a fun dog show.