|World Number One Oliver Townend (Ellesmere – pictured above competing at Blair last year) has six horses listed in the four-star ‘short’ competition (where riders complete the showjumping before running cross country), including his Tokyo Olympics gold medal winning ride Ballaghmor Class. He has another one entered in the four-star ‘long’ (cross country before showjumping), two in the three-star ‘long’ and two in the two-star ‘long’. That’s a lot of dressage tests to remember.
Fellow Tokyo team gold medallist Tom McEwen (Gatcombe Park – pictured below competing at Blair last year) is also returning to Blair, with an impressive – albeit shorter – string of horses. Tom has one in the four-star ‘long’, two in the four star ‘short’ and one in the three-star ‘long’.
Multi-medal winner, and defending Burghley champion Pippa Funnell (Dorking) has entered two runners in the four-star ‘short’, a class where Harry Meade (Chippenham) has three horses entered. And let’s not forget former multiple Badminton winner and past Blair Castle cross-country designer Ian Stark (Selkirk) who will again be partnering Chatsworth Diamond, this year in the three-star.