The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are now firmly established in the eventing calendar. It has been running since 1990, attracting the world's best riders and the thousands of spectators who come each year to watch the event.
The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is known as a three-day event, even though the actual event is run over four days! This is because the event is made up of three phases: dressage, cross country and showjumping, with the dressage phase taking place over the first two days.
The start of the event is preceded on the Wednesday afternoon with the first official horse inspection in front of the Ground Jury Judges and the Veterinary Commission. This is followed by two days of dressage (Thursday and Friday), and then cross country and showjumping over the weekend.
There are two classes held at Blenheim over the four days of the event – CCI3* and a CIC3* class. The latter is for 8 and 9-year-old horses and has been specifically developed for younger horses to complete the dressage test followed by showjumping then cross country. The format for the CCI3* class, for older and more experienced horses, starts with dressage, followed by a longer and more technically demanding cross country phase, which provides a more exacting test and finishes with the showjumping.
In addition to the eventing action there are lots of other activities. These include the Dodson & Horrell sponsored Pony Club and Riding Club Team Competitions on the Thursday and Friday and the Tri-Zone sponsored BE100 Eventer Challenge on Sunday all in the Bladon Arena and the Eventers High Jump Challenge on Sunday in the Blenheim Attractions Arena.
There are also many equine and other displays throughout the event for all the family, including children's play areas, a food and drink hall, sports and classic car displays, and more than 200 outlets in the shopping village.
Come along and see the BHS Stand at Bleinheim Palace.