Bareback jumping contest for Blenheim Horse Trials

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Laura Collett jumping bareback
Laura Collett jumping bareback in the AmTrust High Jump event at the 2011 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. © Julie Badrick

A bareback jumping competition is to be held at Blenheim Horse Trials later this year.

Organisers added the class after its AmTrust Eventers High Jump proved popular – in this some riders choose to jump bareback to gain an extra chande to stay in the competition – and riders suggested a separate class.

Sponsored by Saffery Champness and with a prize pot of £1000, the competition will be held on the Sunday of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, held from September 6 to 9 in the parkland of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. 

In the new class, all the competitors will ride bareback and will be jumping 1.05m against the clock, with an optional joker fence at the end, standing at 1.15m.

Both the AmTrust Eventers High Jump and Saffery Champness Bareback Showjumping competitions will run in the lunchtime break between Blenheim’s two feature eventing classes.  They will form part of a packed Sunday programme which also includes:  cross country (CIC3*), showjumping (CCI3*), displays, demonstrations, kids’ attractions and shopping.

“We welcome and listen to feedback and thought the bareback competition was a really ‘fun’ idea.  It may sound corny but Sunday is really shaping up into our ‘Fun Day’ – one for all the family and representing great value at only £14 for advance adult admission, free parking and free admission for under 12s,” said Event Director, Mandy Hervieu.

“Word is spreading fast and the new class has already attracted significant interest especially from our young riders – with Tom McEwen, Dani Evans and David Doel amongst those who have threatened to ‘show the older riders how it’s done’.  But, with seniors such as Laura Collett also declaring their interest, it is sure to be hotly contested,” she said.

Event riders can put their names down for the event by emailing entries@blenheim-horse.co.uk 

 

 

 

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