Scotland’s premier equestrian event is under way in highland Perthshire.
More than 45,000 visitors from across the globe are expected to descend on Blair Atholl for the prestigious Blair Castle International Horse Trials.
Around 1,800 horses will compete in this year’s event.
The four-day show began with a packed programme of dressage competitions, show jumping and a Highland pony show.
Riders also competed in a cross-country race.
Organisers have also lined-up a vast range of events and side-attractions within the historic castle grounds. Those looking for a break from the competition action can enjoy Bruadar Country Fair, which features pig racing, tractors and the Quack Commandos – sheepdogs guiding ducks around an obstacle course.
A pop-up shopping village will be created in the grounds, offering everything from home accessories to clothing and drinks.
All proceeds of a whisky tasting at the trials will be donated to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up by Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir to support research into motor neuron disease.
Sarah Troughton, Head Trustee of Blair Castle, said: “Doddie Weir has long been an inspiration to so many.
“First as an outstanding sportsman, and now as he tackles his illness head on – motivated by a desire to help others.
“I hope that this year’s Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials will raise awareness of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and help Doddie and the Trustees make a difference to the lives of those coping and battling with Motor Neurone Disease.”
Paul Bush, VisitScotland’s director of events, welcomed the economic boost the event will bring to Perthshire.
“The Blair Castle International Horse Trials is a key fixture in our annual calendar of events, helping drive Scotland’s visitor economy by attracting equestrian fans from across the world to our shores.”
There were delays for some visitors heading to Thursday’s event, after a horse box breakdown on the A9 at Kindallachan just before 3pm.