Blenheim Horse Trials to bid for 2011 European Eventing Championships

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09 May 2009 09:58

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will be bidding to host the 2011 FEI European Eventing Championships and has been awarded National Lottery funding through UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme to assist it in its efforts.

With some of the best equestrian facilities in the world located on British soil, Great Britain is planning to host a number of Major Equestrian Championships in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond. The British Equestrian Federation hopes that this will further raise the profile of equestrian sport in Britain and showcase the outstanding event circuit that Britain has to offer, for both competitors and spectators alike. Blenheim has been nominated by British Eventing and the BEF as the best candidate to bid for the 2011 Championships. Additional funding from UK Sport and SEEDA has been earmarked for Blenheim to host the Championships, should it win.

If the bid is successful, this Championship is expected to be a critical qualification tournament for the 2012 Olympic Games, giving British riders a fantastic opportunity to perform in front of a home crowd and generating excitement amongst the British public in the lead up to 2012.

Mike Etherington-Smith, Director of Sport for British Eventing, comments: “This award reflects the faith that UK Sport has in both British Eventing and Blenheim Horse Trials to successfully hold such a prestigious event in a year when sport will be very much under the spotlight in Great Britain. I think this reflects the overall status of Eventing in the UK as an Olympic sport and the British Eventing circuit as one of the best in the World.”

The FEI European Eventing Championships are a biennial event, attracting riders from more than 20 nations.