The 2016 Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (8 - 11 September) entries are now in with riders coming from 14 nations including Europe, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Japan, Brazil and South Africa.
“What an event we have in prospect! We look forward to welcoming many Rio Olympians to Blenheim Palace, and a particularly high amount of very exciting young horses. The next Olympic cycle starts this autumn, and spectators are bound to see the heroes of the future at Blenheim in September,” said Event Director Mandy Hervieu.
The main CCI3* class will feature William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell, both veterans of many British championship teams. William, who has five Blenheim wins to his name, brings Secret Night, while Pippa, with four previous successes at this venue, has entered Billy Cuckoo and Majas Hope. New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson, a double Blenheim Palace winner, rides Teseo in this class, while his compatriot Sir Mark Todd has entered OBOS Colombos.
Aoife Clark, who took the CCI3* in 2014 for Ireland, brings Wasting Light, while Britain’s Oliver Townend will be aiming for his first Blenheim Palace triumph with Dunbeau and Noteworthy.
The CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses has attracted major entries including Laura Collett (Pamero 4 and Mr Bass), Tina Cook (Billy The Red), William Fox-Pitt (Top Biats), Tom McEwen (Toledo De Kerser) and Pippa Funnell (MGH Grafton Street).
Also new for this year at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is the final leg of the Event Rider Masters series.