Entries are now open for all the very popular amateur classes at SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (19-22 September), which run alongside the international eventing action.
The Dodson & Horrell Eventer Challenge classes – Derby-style competitions featuring a mix of showjumps and cross-country fences in a grass arena – are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.
The Dodson & Horrell Riding Club Team Eventer Challenge classes at both 90cm and 100cm take place on Thursday, 19 September, while on Friday, 20 September it is the turn of the Pony Club teams, again at 90cm and 100cm.
The individual Eventer Challenge classes happen on Sunday, 22 September, at 90cm and 100cm level. All Eventer Challenge competitions take place in the Bladon and Hensington Arenas.
The KBIS Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) dressage championships were a big hit on their debut last year, and this year will take place on both Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September in the Attractions Arena. Classes are held at prelim, novice, elementary and medium level.
On Sunday, 22 September, the famous Fun Ride allows riders who would like a less competitive outing with their horses the once-a-year chance to ride round the beautiful Blenheim Palace estate.
Mandy Hervieu, SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials’ Event Director, said: “We love seeing our amateur competitors thoroughly enjoying themselves in the very special atmosphere of one of Britain’s biggest horse trials. The Dodson & Horrell Eventer Challenge classes always fill up very quickly, so don’t delay in sending in your entries! And we are excited to welcome KBIS as sponsors of the expanded RoR Dressage Championships, which were so well received last year.”
As well as top-class eventing at CCI4*-S and CCI4*-L level and the busy schedule of grassroots classes, SsangYong Blenheim Palace features a host of arena attractions, great children’s entertainment, outstanding shopping opportunities, a Food Walk packed with delicious goodies and a Dog Arena hosting have-a-go dog agility on all four days of the event.
For more information and to make entries, please visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk.