Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials


Blenheim Palace – 2014 will be the 24th annual running of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. The competition is now firmly established in the eventing calendar, attracting the world’s best riders and thousands of spectators who come each year to watch the event. There are two international classes held at Blenheim over the four days of the event – a 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 Show Jumping 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 Show Jumping. Event dates: September 11th to 14th

With the magnificent backdrop of Blenheim Palace, the first phase of the competition is Dressage. Dressage takes place across two days (Thursday and Friday), in which a series of pre-set movements are judged subjectively by three of the sport’s leading judges. Cross Country and Show Jumping run over the weekend. The Cross Country course runs around the stunning Capability Cutting designed parkland and includes big solid fences and the famous water jumps across the River Glyme, with each competitor being timed against an optimum speed. The Show Jumping test takes place in front of the South face of the Palace over fences that can be knocked down; penalties are added for each fence that falls. The overall winner is the combination of horse and rider which completes the three phases on the least number of penalties. Visit for more information

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