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Fidelity International Blenheim Horse Trials | CIC*** SJ and CCI*** XC | Event Report

CIC*** Show Jumping CIC*** Show jumping kicked off the day, today, at a very misty and atmospheric Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials.   The top ten after dressage remains largely unchanged. Piggy French and West Side added 3 time penalties to their dressage score leaving them on 39.3 to stay in second place behind Andrew Nicholson on Quimbo. Bettina Hoy on Designer 10 and William Fox-Pitt on Bay My Hero remain on their dressage scores in 3rd and 4th. Gemma Tattersall on Chico Bella P moved up one from 6th to 5th when ... Read More

Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials | CCI*** and CIC*** | Dressage Report

At the end of a glorious day at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, we have an international top 10; Christopher Burton and his Aachen winner Under Discussion lead the CCI*** on an impressive score of 31.8. Christopher comments: "This is my first time riding at Blenheim and I had a fantastic ride.  He's a lovely horse on the flat, he started out as a dressage horse with Christine Weal who is still a co-owner.   With cross country tomorrow, he added: Read More


Spectators who didn’t make it to Greenwich will have an opportunity to celebrate and mark the successes of the British Equestrian Eventing Team who won team silver at the 2012 Olympic Games. Members of the Team will be competing and parading at The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (6-9 September 2012). Zara Philips, William Fox Pitt, Nicola Wilson and Tina Cook all have entries at Blenheim as do Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Jonelle Richards and Caroline Powell ... Read More

 (6-9 September 2012)

Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (6-9 September 2012) will see many of the world’s top riders competing in both the CCI and CIC  classes.  These include many of the Olympic riders, looking to test their up-and-coming horses at 3 star level, as well as many other well known names who will be competing alongside a host of exciting up and coming young riders.   More entries accommodated “We were obviously delighted to have so many applicants”, says Event Director Mandy Hervieu  “but we ... Read More

Day two: a fence judge’s view

Another 8a.m. start but despite the autumn chill in the air, about 80 volunteer Fence Judges arrived at the Fidelity Hospitality Marquee to be issued again with the usual stop watches, flags, scorebooks, whistles, etc. As always, this amazing team chatted and swapped stories which all begin “I remember when I was a Fence Judge at ...........” and they always end with everyone in fits of laughter!   Unfortunately, none of these stories can be repeated here!   Refreshed by a cup of really good coffee and another (calorie free) Danish pastry we all set off to ... Read More

Japan qualify for London 2012 at Blenheim

  The final much-coverted spot for automatic qualification for London 2012 for  group F and G went to underdogs Japan after a nail biting and somewhat controversial show jumping phase.   The New Zealand team actually won the three—way team completion on a score of 171.8 but, as they have already qualified, it was a two way fight between Australia and Japan. The Australians were the bookie’s favourite to secure qualification but it was not to be. Behind the Japanese after cross-country, their challenge evaporated in ... Read More

Piggy takes Blenheim CCI 3*** title

The omens for Olympic success continue to bode well for Piggy French. She took home the £8,000 CCI*** winners cheque at the Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials courtesy of a win with her father Wally and Michael Underwood’s Greenwich Test Event winner DHI Topper W.   ‘I’m so proud of him,’ she said of the 11-year-old which was bought from the Woodhead's last year. ‘Its taken a while for us to get to know each other and I’m so glad that I’ve been able to play around with him for the last year as he’s a ... Read More

Fox-Pitt takes Blenheim CIC3* 8 and 9 year old title

  William Fox-Pitt and the Fox-Pitt Eventing Partnership’s Oslo led from start to finish to win the increasingly popular and prestigious 8/9 year-old CIC*** at the Fidelity Blenheim Place International Horse Trials on a score of 43.5. He also demonstrated the strength of his string for 2012 and beyond by finishing third with Jeremy and Judy Skinner’s Lionheart. The latter had held equal third place after the first two phases with Sarah Cohen and Treason but a fantastic clear round inside the optimum time from Sarah and Preci Spark Ltd’s nine-year-old by Hand In Glove and out ... Read More

Blenheim CCI 3*** Update: All change after trot up

It was all change at the top of the leaderboard in the CCI before the show jumping had even begun with neither Piggy French’s leading horse, Judy Bradwall’s Lemington Lett Dance, nor Pippa Funnell’s ride Billy Landretti, who had been in third place overnight, being presented at the final trot up. Although obviously disappointed, Piggy did still have the consolation of going into the show jumping in the lead with DHI Topper W. On a score of 43.1, the pair has a fence in hand over runners-up America’s Tiana Coudray with Ringwood Magister. A truly international field, Germany’s ... Read More

Blenheim: A fence judges’ view

Join fence judges Steph Freeman and Mike Bain, as they give EWW readers a "behind the scenes" look at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.   The army of volunteers! Is it the love of early morning starts and late afternoon finishes that make hundreds of volunteers turn out every weekend of the Eventing season? Maybe it’s the thought of getting yet another sponsor’s T-shirt? Perhaps they just love the sport of Eventing ... Read More