Amateur & young horse competitors on show at Blenheim Horse Trials

Written on September 11, 2017 at 10:07 am

Blenheim is famous for its fabulous CIC3* class, but there’s more on show at this year’s event than just the pros. Career Grooms will be there checking out the action, and here are some of the events that shouldn’t be missed:

For the younger horses… there’s a chance to shine in the 8 and 9 Year Old Horse CIC3*, as the top eventers of tomorrow compete across a shortened version of the standard event. Past winners include Mark Todd’s 2011 Badminton champion NZB Land Vision (who won this event just the year before in 2010), and Andrew Nicholson’s 2012 victor Quimbo, won won the 2013 Kentucky 4* event. The event runs over four days, culminating in Sunday’s final cross-country leg.

For the amateurs… there’s Wednesday’s 90cm & 100cm Eventer Challenge, which is being extended to BE90 level for the first time this year. The mix of arena cross-country fences and show jumps, with a final challenge fence, provides a testing (but not impossible) challenge for amateurs of all shapes and sizes.

For the teams… there are the Riding Club and Pony Club Team Eventer Challenges. Like the individual Eventer Challenge, these classes run at both 90cm & 100cm over a mixed course of arena jumps. Teams of four combinations compete to achieve the fastest average time.

For the happy hackers… there’s the Sunday Blenheim Palace Fun Ride. With up to 300 participants and amazing views around the estate, the ride covers 10 miles and a range of fences up to 2’9”. Great for those who want to be a part of the event without the pressure of competition!

And for those with springs in their heels… there’s the High Jump Challenge (Chase Me Charlie), with some fun rules thrown in. Not to be missed at 2pm on Sunday in the main arena.


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