After a quick turn around after Burghley Horse Trials, I jumped into my trusty Audi and headed up to Blair Castle in Scotland. Working alongside Pol Roger again, who were once again the official champagne of the event, I arrived at Blair to have a walk around the grounds and get my first look at Pol Roger’s Lodge. The lodge had been built next to the entrance to the main ring, the lodge was an impressive 50ft x 40ft structure and housed Pol Roger’s iconic Polly the Land Rover. The canvas tent was transformed into an African safari lodge. The perfect location for settling nerves of family and friends of competitors at the Champagne bar.
The lodge was also used to host the launch party for the Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 which attracted a vibrant crowd of owners, riders, press and VIP guests.
This 3* Event saw many of the world’s top eventer’s competing through the most horrendous weather, especially on Cross Country Day, I can say that I have never been so wet on a photo shoot and it took quite a while for all of us photographers to dry off after 5hrs of walking the course and photographing the action.
On Show Jumping day a VERY special guest arrived to watch the tense jumping. HM The Queen with Prince Philip watched from the Royal box and HM The Queen also presented the medals to the winners.
After spending a very full on 4 days at the event and getting to be closer to HM The Queen than I ever thought I would here are a few of my favourite images.
Thank you to my amazing clients, Pol Roger.