Forty-four horses presented at the Final Horse Inspection this morning at Blair Castle after Team GBR combinations Wills Oakden and Greystone Midnight Melody withdrew beforehand.
Three horses were sent to the holding box – Oliver Townend’s Fenya’s Elegance who was then accepted on re-inspection, the Russian combination Boris Vasilev and Nabludatel, and the Spanish pair Albert Hermoso Farras and Mirla CP 27 59 who both subsequently withdrew.
The remaining Team GBR horses all looked fabulous and passed to loud applause. Izzy Taylor’s KBIS Briarlands Matilda was a cool customer while Gemma Tattersall’s Arctic Soul and Sarah Bullimore’s Lilly Corrinne were both still very fresh.
The German team looked like they were just starting the event, and once again FischerTakinou was trotted up by groom Julia Harsch.
Props to the girls who wore short skirts on this chilly Scottish morning, and to the men who wore kilts.
Show-jumping begins at 11:30 for the first session and then the final group at 2:05. We’ll be back later with much more from Blair Castle hopefully.
In the meantime, Go the European Championships and Go Eventing!