William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk jump their way to victory at Blenheim in 2010. © Lulu Kyriacou
"RDA is reliant on voluntary donations and legacies to deliver its services and, although we already work with over 28,000 people with disabilities across the UK, there are many more in need of our help. On behalf of everyone at RDA, I would like to thank the teams at Blenheim and Fidelity and of course urge visitors to show their support for us in any way they can," he said.
This year's event, sponsored by Fidelity, will feature some of the world's top riders, and as well as the flagship CCI3* competition, there is also the British Championship (CIC3*) for 8 and 9 year old horses, and a 2012 Olympic Qualifier class for riders from Oceania, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Event Director Mandy Hervieu said some amazing displays had been perfomed by disabled riders over the years at Blenheim. "Not least last year when we saw Alicia Griffiths, who is severely visually impaired, perform an amazing dressage test, which wowed our international judges. We are very pleased to be able to support the good work the RDA does by making them our official charity."
The RDA is dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of people through education, therapy, and fun and will stage a number of displays at the event, in Blenheim's Attractions arena. These will include riders with various disabilities, demonstrating their equestrian skills and showcasing the Charity's work. Visitors will be able to purchase a range of RDA gifts and donate to this worthy cause at their trade stand which will be located close to the Attractions arena.
The horse trials are set in the parkland of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire, and has become an established family event.