Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials has announced new dates for 2017 which will also see the event extended to five days of competition.
The Oxfordshire event will take place a week later than usual from 13th to 17th September, and the change to five days came 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 CCI3* and CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses. It made for an exceptionally tightly packed programme for competitors, visitors and Blenheim’s wonderful team of volunteers.
Event Director Mandy Hervieu comments: “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.
“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.”
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