Set among the lovely grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the home of the Duke of Marlborough, the SsangYong Blenheim Horse Trials is one of the most prestigious four-star (formerly three-star) three-day events in the world. The main arena, where the dressage and showjumping takes place, is set in front of beautiful Blenheim Palace.
The event hosts both a CCI4*-L and an eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S class, alongside a host of supporting competitions.
The 2020 running of Blenheim Horse Trials was a victim of the Coronavirus pandemic, with the event’s cancellation confirmed in April. In August, British Eventing announced it would no longer be involved in running the fixture and asked for expressions of interest to take over the organisation. In December, the trustees of Blenheim announced that a five-year contract had been awarded to the Jockey Club following a competitive tender process.
Blenheim is scheduled to take place 16-19 September in 2021.
History of Blenheim Horse Trials
The CCI4*-L (formerly CCI3*) has been running at Blenheim since 1990. The first event was won by Lucinda Fredericks (née Murray) on Just Jeremy.
The young horse CCI4*-S (formerly CIC3*) was added in 2009, with Piggy French’s ride Flying Machine taking the title in that first year. This class has become a strong pointer to stars of the future, with former victors including Mark Todd’s ride NZB Land Vision, who went on to win Badminton, and London 52, who won Pau two years after his Blenheim triumph with Laura Collett.
Blenheim ran the young rider European Championships in 1994 and the senior Europeans in 2005, when Britain took the team title and Zara Tindall (née Phillips) was the individual gold medallist on Toytown.