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Carriages at the castle make for stunning spectacle in Glamis sunshine

Vicky Largue tackles the course on her single carriage. Pic: Kenny Smith/ DCT Media
Vicky Largue tackles the course on her single carriage. Pic: Kenny Smith/ DCT Media

Historic Glamis Castle was at its summer best for the weekend return of a major equestrian event to the Angus landmark.

Carriages at the castle brought more than 20 teams to the county for the first Attelage de Tradition since the coronavirus outbreak.

The sun-kissed weekend allowed participants from across the UK the perfect platform to show off their immaculately turned out animals and decades-old carriages in Saturday’s opening presentation competition.

Gilly Chippendale and her solo carriage tackle the cones competition. Pic: Kenny Smith/ DCT Media

Following an evening black tie dinner in the castle, horses and drivers were up bright and early for a full day of Sunday competition to test their handling skills.

The morning comprised a routier phase through the Strathmore estate, before the teams tackled the challenge of a tight cones course in front of the Earl of Strathmore’s family seat.

Laura Chaffe and her miniature Shetland pony tackle the cones course at Glamis. Pic: Kenny Smith/ DCT Media

It represented a successful return to Glamis for an even first staged there in 2016.

The teams which caught the eye of castle tourists included a rare ‘unicorn’ combination – three black Friesian horses in a one-and-two formation.

The beautiful ‘unicorn’ team of John Stephenson about to tackle the cones section. Pic: Kenny Smith/ DCT Media

Carriages used in the competition are built more than 70 years ago.

The sport was a favourite of the late Duke of Edinburgh, who helped popularise it after taking up carriage driving in the 1970s when he retired from the polo field.

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