HORSE-RIDING wedding guests of Zara Phillips and rugby star Mike Tindall are to be given early slots at the Hopetoun International Horse Trials to ensure they make it to the church on time. By Gareth Rose - http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/
The inaugural trials, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, are taking place this weekend, with dressage on Saturday and cross-country and show jumping on Sunday. Yesterday, organisers of the event announced that they have arranged for competitors with royal wedding invitations to ride in the morning, allowing them time for a swift change of clothes before heading to Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh for the afternoon marriage ceremony.
Miss Phillips, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter and 13th in line to the throne, is herself an eventing world champion, and several of her invited guests are due to ride at the Hopetoun event.
William Fox-Pitt, the world No 2 in eventing, and Irish showjumpers Elizabeth Power and Jayne Doherty, got to know the bride through competing together and all received invites to the big day.
“I was always intending to come to Hopetoun, but it is great to be able to come to these two events on the same weekend,” Ms Power, 26, said. “I will do the dressage early on Saturday before heading to the hotel in Edinburgh to get ready for the wedding.”
Event director Stuart Buntine said: “We have deliberately given wedding guests early dressage times so they can do their test before the celebrations and then come back on Sunday to complete the show jumping and cross country phases.”
Few details have been released about Saturday’s wedding.
The ceremony will take place at Canongate Kirk in the Royal Mile, and is expected to be at 3pm, although that has not been confirmed, with the reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.