Sport and leisure on show at Hopetoun

260613 Hopetoun house pre pub pic for horse trials.
260613 Hopetoun house pre pub pic for horse trials.

Pupils from Echline Primary School in Queensferry came face to face with one of the equestrian jumps used at last year’s London Olympics.

The pupils were recently invited to Hopetoun House to see the fence, which was designed by Sue Benson and featured as the second jump on the Olympic course.

The pupils, who recently finished for the school summer break, were all given free tickets for the event, to be staged on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.

Headteacher Jim McColgan said: “Visiting the bench jump brought back great memories of last year’s Olympics and the pupils were very excited to be there.”

Following the final of the Olympics, the fences were offered to equestrian events around the country.

The fence will now be used at this month’s Gillespie McAndrew Hopetoun Town and Country Fair, which will showcase the best in inter-national equestrian talent with riders from across Europe.

As well as the thrilling displays of the horse trial, which will include showjumping, cross country and dressage, visitors to the event will be treated to the ultimate shopping experience with over 40 unique retailers set to attend.

These will include stunning fashions from big name brands and independent designers.

There will be something for all the family to enjoy, including clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and archery within the grounds whilst a range of quality produce from food outlets, including Scottish cheeses, fresh breads, chutneys and award-winning Aberdeen Angus steak burgers from the award-winning Hopetoun Farm Shop.

Event organiser Stuart Buntine said: “We are thrilled Hopetoun has been able to acquire such an astounding piece of memorabilia from one of the country’s most popopular events last year.

“Following months of organisation, work will now begin on getting the course ready for our hundreds of riders, exhibitors and visitors expected over the weekend.”

The Olympic jump will be positioned on the West Lawn for visitors to have their photographs taken on. And next year, the jump will form part of the Hopetoun Course, to be designed by Captain Mark Phillips.

Tickets for the event are available now online priced at £15 per day ticket with under 12’s admitted free.

For further information and to purchase tickets visit www.hopetountownand
countryfair.com