SCOTLAND'S largest equestrian event, hosted at The Royal Highland Show, has strengthened its commitment to show jumping with a 25% increase in prize money for the winner of the Grand Prix, up to £7500 from the £6000 awarded in 2017.

Show organisers have also announced a partnership with Spire Edinburgh Hospitals for the 2018 Show, which will see the Grand Prix change its name to ‘Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Grand Prix'.

Taking place on Saturday June 23, the event is the one of the true highlights of the RHS. International course designer Mark McGowan will once again challenge competitors with his trademark course design. In 2017, winner Keith Shore was the only rider to achieve a round one clear with Mystic Hurricane.

"The Royal Highland Show is a premier event for the equestrian world," said show manager David Jackson. "It is truly inspiring to witness the skill and dedication that the competitors bring to the competition.

"We continue to invest in the Showground and, in particular, the show jumping facilities. The Olympic standard all-weather jumping ring has proved a great success and assures competitors of a perfect jumping surface. I look forward to enjoying the outstanding ability on show at this year's event."

Supported by RBS, the 178th Royal Highland Show will take place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, on 21-24 June 2018.

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