The BHS Scotland stand at the Longines Blair Castle 2015 European eventing championships was a busy destination for those wanting to sample the best tea and cakes at the event, and with Blair TV on tap – it would be fair to say our tearoom was the most popular spot at Blair on the Saturday as the rain forced many to seek shelter.
A few highlights included;
Selling all our umbrellas on XCountry day, along with selling quantities of second hand books in a fund raising effort.
We were so privileged to have visits from Claire Balding and Ian Stark , not to mention the team riders and supporters from all nations who popped in during the week. It was all very exciting.
Our stand hosted the F&I association events for the week including an amazing Russell Guire biomechanics presentation. A a Horseman’s Sunday service was held on the Stand, which was very well received.
Having Claire Aldridge our UK chairman and Derek Knottenbelt our Scottish chairman on the stand, and having a visit from our CEO Lynn Petersen – Derek also give two public lectures on the Sunday.
Being an XCountry jump sponsor and as a result having our big red BHS banner in the main ring.
We ran the finals of our three competition series; the Stewarts, the Courier and the Fingask and seeing a trio of great champions in hotly contested competition. For the second year running our Tornado sponsored Best Riding Club Horse class, even if it did finish in the dark
How our tearoom team kept up with the demand of warm drinks. Our tearoom volunteers managed to keep the gutters running and bailed us out during the deluge on the Saturday. Many of our members sat and watched the xcountry on our television from the shetler of the BHS Stand.
Hosting, judging and presenting the best dressed trade stand competition and seeing the smiley and delighted Araminta Campbell, hand weaver and designer - walk off with the trophy.
Having a birthday cake to celebrate the start of BHS Scotland’s 50th anniversary year- and a good party too!
And of course welcoming 65 new members in to BHS and meeting and looking after our existing membership
Helene Mauchlen, BHS Director in Scotland said: “Over 25 volunteers helped during the week between tearoom staff, competition writing and stewarding, and during build up and breakdown, as well as manning the stand. BHS Scotland has just the greatest team of dedicated and enthusiastic people who help us and their positivity and energy just gives us a huge buzz from dawn to dusk. A very big thank you to everyone who helped, you know who you are!”