The Gillespie Macandrew Horse Trials will make a welcome return to Hopetoun House this summer for an exhilarating display of equestrian excellence in the grounds of Scotland’s finest stately home.

Covering a variety of disciplines including show jumping, dressage, and cross-country, the event will showcase some of the UK’s most renowned riding talent.  The event will also provide an exquisite balance of the finest shopping, locally sourced food and drink, country pursuits and entertainment with plenty to engage the younger audience.

With the course designed by Scottish Olympian, Ian Stark, the Horse Trials will naturally become a focus for the 2012 games with giant screens broadcasting live action from London. Al fresco dining will be a civilised occasion in the Hopetoun marquee.  Musical accompaniment will provide the backdrop food from the 5-star Hopetoun Farm Shop, champagne by Canard-Duchene, real ale and luxury picnic hampers available to pre-order.

Younger visitors will get the chance to ride a pony courtesy of the event’s charity partners, Riding for the Disabled, as well as a host of other attractions.

From the West End to the West Lawn, exclusive retailers will present their latest collections within the shopping arena alongside international brands such as Barbour, AGA and Hunter.

Stuart Buntine, organiser of The Gillespie Macandrew Horse Trials said: “This is a once a year chance to experience the thrill of this magnificent sport combined with some of life’s pleasures namely food, entertainment and shopping.  Set against the backdrop of Hopetoun House, The Horse Trials offer a unique day out which everyone will enjoy.”

Tom Murray, Partner from sponsors Gillespie Macandrew, added: “The Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials offer a tremendous day out for everyone, whether they are a casual spectator seeking an entertaining family trip or the enthusiast who enjoys equestrian sports of international calibre.

“As a law firm actively involved in Scotland’s rural sector, Gillespie Macandrew is very pleased to be part of this top quality equestrian event.”

Tickets available at www.hopetoun.co.uk/horse-trials.html  or from the Hopetoun Farm Shop.  Telephone 0131 331 1546 for more information.

Advance adult tickets cost £10 each per day,  £15 on the gate

Children under the age of 14 go free

£5 charge for car parking that is payable per day. Car parking passes can be bought in advance for £3.


But we have five pairs of tickets to give away! The question is this….

Name the famous Olympian involved in re-designing the Hopetoun Horse Trials course.

Send your entry by email to theedinburghreporter@gmail.com to arrive by Monday 23 July 2012 at 5 pm. Please put Hopetoun Horse Trials Competition in the subject line.