Set among the beautiful leafy grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough, Blenheim Horse Trials (13-17 September, 2017) is one of the most prestigious CCI3* three-day events in the world.
The event has signed a three-year title sponsorship agreement with SsangYong Motors, so the event will be called the SsangYong Blenheim International Horse Trials.
The event will once again hosted the final leg of the exciting new Event Rider Masters (ERM) CIC3* series, which it held for the first time in 2016, as well as its popular eight- and nine-year-old CIC3* class. The 2017 ERM series has been won by the ultra-consistent Gemma Tattersall, who will be crowned series winner at Blenheim.
Often used by top international riders to test out their up-and-coming horses before they move up to four-star level, the 2016 title went to Bettina Hoy riding Seigneur Medicott, while Willa Newton and Caja 20 took the young horse CIC class.
We can’t wait to see which horse and rider adds their name to the winner’s trophy this time.
This year’s shopping promises to be as fabulous as ever, with a great selection of trade stands, a food hall brimming with delicious goodies, and a craft pavilion. Other displays and demos on offer include dog agility, side saddle, the popular high jump competition, falconry on horseback, masterclasses and much more.
If you’d like to ride at Blenheim yourself, you’re in luck! In addition to the three-star eventing, there are arena-based eventer challenge competitions for Pony Club and Riding Club teams, plus Blenheim’s own 100cm eventer challenge and British Eventing’s arena eventing championship for qualified individual riders.
Or, if you’d prefer something a little more relaxed, the popular Blenheim Fun Ride takes place on the afternoon of 17 September, covering approximately 10 miles with optional fences of 2’3” to 2’9”. Check the Blenheim website for more information on all of these competitions.