Entries for the highly popular amateur classes at SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (13-16 September) are now open.

SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials has led the way in providing opportunities for amateur and grassroots riders to compete alongside the best in the world in the special atmosphere of one of Britain’s most important equestrian events.

The Dodson & Horrell-sponsored Eventer Challenge team classes, which combine showjumps withportable cross-country fences in a “derby-style” competition at both 100cm and 90cm level, take place on Thursday 13th September (riding club teams) and Friday 14th September (Pony Club teams). Please visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk/RCPEC to find out more information and to enter. On Sunday 16th September, there are Eventer Challenge classes for individual riders at 100cm and 90cm level. Please visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk/EC to find out more and to enter.

New for 2018 is a Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) dressage championships, which takes place in the Attractions Arena on Thursday 13thSeptember. Please visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk/ror-dressage-championships for information on how to qualify and entry forms.

And the legendary fun ride round the beautiful farmland of the Blenheim Palace estate – and the park itself – takes place on Sunday 16thSeptember. Places always sell out quickly, so visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk/funride to book your slot.

Mandy Hervieu, SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials’ Event Director, said: “The amateur classes are now such an integral part of the event, and we are delighted to be able to introduce the RoR dressage championships this year. We always receive great feedback from those who take part in our grassroots classes and activities and they contribute greatly to the competitive spirit of SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials.”

As well as the sporting action from the equestrian events, the highlights of which are the prestigious CCI3* competition and the CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses, SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials features excellent, carefully selected, shopping opportunities. There is a full and varied programme in the Attractions Arena every day, superb children’s entertainment and great food, ranging from locally produced outlets to a range of dining packages.

Visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk to book tickets and for further information.

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