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Andy Griffiths takes over at Blenheim Horse Trials

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Blenheim International Horse Trials has a new director following Mike Etherington-Smith’s promotion to sports director at British Eventing.

Andy Griffiths, who has been Mr Etherington-Smith’s assistant director since the inaugural running of Blenheim 17 years ago, is a former international event rider who now sits on the eventing committee of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). He owns insurance company Equestrian Direct.

Mr Griffiths, who has lived near to Blenheim for most of his life, said he was looking forward to the challenge.

“I have a special affection for Blenheim and am really looking forward to being more fully involved,” he said. “These are exciting times for Blenheim, which is the third biggest horse trials in Britain, and hugely popular with riders and the public alike.”

Mr Griffiths has been contracted to run this year’s trials (September 6-9), but is hoping to stay on for future years.

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