On 10th September 16 nations will line up at Scotland’s Blair Castle for four days of world class competition at the European Championships, we can’t wait and here’s why…
1. It’s on home turf
So they’ll be no getting on a plane or frantically calling upon that GCSE language qualification we got ten years ago, we don’t even have to change any currency. Plus the Blair Castle grounds are definitely worth taking an extra day off work for.
2. Next year is Rio
This is the final true championship test before the big one next year. Who will bag a plane ticket to Rio? Which of the championship first timers will impress?
3. Geeking out
You probably know this about us by now but we love eventing. We love talking, watching, having an opinion and living eventing and that is exactly what we will be doing in Scotland.
4. Social media
We like to think we have the knack of keeping you up to the minute with top level eventing as it happens. If you can’t make it to Blair you really must make sure you follow us online for rider updates on all three phases.
5. It’s not just horses
The team at Blair have put on an entire fair for championship-goers. The Bruadar country fair will be onsite and they aim to give people a taste of country life offering everything from Phoenix falconry to guide dog displays and a vintage tractor display. Plenty to keep the non-horsey other halves entertained!
6. We can dig out our British flags
It’s time to get patriotic. Don’t forget to fly those British flags, dye your hair and paint that face. Let’s cheer those medals home! For more subtle ideas check out the new Team GB range at Toggi here ADD LINK TO THE TOGGI STUFF.
7. Ian Stark Gets to design XC!
We can’t wait to see what Ian Stark has planned for the Europeans, with a reputation for being big and bold, tough but rewarding committed riding throw in the British weather and Scottish terrain and anything really could happen.
8. Shopping – aka Retail Therapy
Start saving now because we all know how tempting those trade stands are and Blair boasts over 200. If you’re heading to Burghley the weekend before don’t fear, you’ll have paid it off by the time Badminton comes back around!
9. Team GB
80 competitors will start at Blair and twelve of those will be British. The British team is full of up and coming talent and first timers, we can’t wait to see how they get on at a championship.
10. It will probably rain
Bear with us on this one. Remember at the Blenheim Europeans when you could barely see the string fencing off the cross country course when Zara Philips was on course let alone Toytown’s shiny chestnut coat. Remember how proud we were when team GB stormed home and brought back medals regardless? Let’s hope for more of that in Scotland… and we will always be having a taste of Scottish hospitality to keep the spirits high!
Let us know why you are excited for the Europeans!