New fences for Blenheim horse trials

2011 Blenheim winners Piggy French and DHI Topper
2011 Blenheim winners Piggy French and DHI Topper. © Fiona Scott Maxwell.

New fences and a track change will feature at this year’s Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, as its title sponsor renews its support for another three years.

The extended sponsorship by Fidelity Worldwide Investments is allowing organisers to invest in some new fences, improve the going and introduce other enhancements for this year’s running, from September 6 to 9.

Course designer Eric Winter said several new fences and changes of route will come into play, giving a new feel to parts of the course. “David Evans is busy interpreting my designs and there will certainly be some new questions this year, Winter said.

Event Director Mandy Hervieu said that with the support of Fidelity and other loyal sponsors, the event’s facilities and support systems have also been enhanced.

“We are introducing these changes following a comprehensive event review which consulted with both opinion leaders and professionals within the sport and all of our stakeholder groups to see how we can enhance the event further,” she said.

In addition to the cross country course improvements, and in line with the Review findings, the 2012 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will also be introducing:

  • some changes in layout and to the main event timetable, including a later start (approx 11am) to the cross country on both days of the weekend
  • later start and finish times for the displays and demonstrations in the attractions arena
  • more opportunities for grass-roots riders to participate
  • more opportunities for the CCI/CIC event riders to take part in a new bareback jumping class, in addition to the extremely popular AmTrust High jump Challenge.

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