Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will take place a week later than usual next year and will be held over five days instead of four.
The trials will now run from the 13-17 September. The change to five days results from visitor, competitor and volunteer feedback from last year when Blenheim was asked to run the final of the Event Rider Masters series in addition to the long-established CCI3* and ever-popular CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses.
Event Director Mandy Hervieu explains: “The date change is due to the fact that for many years three of the bigger international horse trials (Blair Castle, Burghley and Blenheim Palace) have been on consecutive weekends, which puts pressure on many of the events’ stakeholders, in addition to there being a very busy event programme at Blenheim Palace itself in the weeks before.
“It was therefore decided that falling back a week would allow exhibitors to restock their stands and visitors, volunteers, owners and competitors to recharge their batteries and enjoy this great ‘end of year party’ just that little bit more.”
She continued: “Saturday will be a feast of cross-country, with both the CCI3* and the Event Rider Masters cross-country phases taking place. We are also planning some very exciting course changes and new fences, which will really freshen up Blenheim’s track.”
The box office opens for ticket sales on December 27th with an offer of 50% savings off Wednesday tickets, and early bird discounts for all bookings made in January.
Vist www.blenheimhorse.co.uk for more details