Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 2015
They have to remove their shirts if they knock the fence down!
It’s 25 years since Blenheim Palace ran the first international three star horse trials in 1990 in the spectacular grounds of Blenheim Palace and since then the event has grown from strength to strength and today offers a really amazing day out with lots to do for all of the family.
As a sport horse trials are seen as the’ ultimate equestrian challenge’ since the horse and rider combination have to be excellent at Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country – the latter is often the most popular phase with spectators as it involves horses travelling at speed and jumping what seem enormous solid objects.
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials take place over four days (this year 17-20 September) with 2 days of dressage followed by a weekend of Cross Country and Show Jumping.
At Blenheim there are two main professional rider classes. A CCI3* one of the most difficult and a CIC3* for 8 & 9 year old horses which is slightly less taxing for the slightly less experienced horses.
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is actually one of the most highly regarded in the Eventing calendar, since it provides an extremely challenging competition at one of the highest level in the sport and attract in some of the world’s most well know riders such as William Fox Pitt, Pippa Funnell, Andrew Nicholson, and Zara Philipps to name a few!
The action in an iconic venue renown for its inspiring cross country course with spectacular water crossings across the River Glyme, undulating ground conditions and of course amazing main arena backdrop of Blenheim Palace for the show jumping finale of this three phase sport where only the best all rounder is crowned ‘champion’.
More to do for all!
As well as the professional classes the event has hundreds of shopping opportunities, food, drink and craft halls, bars and catering outlets, a cookery theatre, children’s attractions, lots of displays, demonstrations and meet the stars opportunities, plus fun horse jumping classes including bareback without saddles!, highest jumper and a field masters gate jump class, where they have to remove their shirts if they knock the fence down!
Plus there are championship and challenge classes for amateur riders aspiring to reach the top and even a fun ride for those who just like to ride through beautiful countryside.
Whether you are an equine fan or not, the competition is action packed and very exciting and there is lots to see throughout the four days. There are lots of different ticket types to meet a wide variety of needs from simple admission through to luxury full day hospitality.
Take a picnic
One of the most popular of ticket types is the course view picnic pass which enables a whole car full of people admission* into the event to see the cross country and a larger space to park their car near to the cross country course ( and spread your picnic blanket!) to watch the rider go by cross country
Children go free
Under 12 year olds are allowed free admittance to the horse trials (they do require a ticket but this is a no fee ticket) when accompanied by a fee paying adult.
*Admission ticket include access to view what’s on in the attractions arena, learning zone, cookery theatre, shops, food hall, craft marquees etc is also all included for free but tickets for the grandstands to watch show jumping are an additional fee.
Cook up a storm!
In 2015 not only is there a great choice of catering outlets, bars and a fabulous food and drink hall but also a great cookery theatre with lots of interesting displays and demonstrations (including some by riders who cook!) and on Thursday and Friday a cookery school where you can learn some great tips and recipes from the experts.
For more information about the horse trials and all that’s going on or to book tickets go online at blenheimhorse.co.uk
Top Image - Pippa Funnell & Second Supreme
Middle Image - William Fox Pitt & Seacookie
Bottom Image - Julie Tew