Entries have been open for just two weeks, but already the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, which runs 8th-11th September 2011, has attracted record interest.
Entries have been received to date from many of the top British-based riders including William Fox-Pitt, Mark Todd and Zara Phillips; as well as some overseas riders from nations such as Australia, Japan and South Africa who will be fighting for the winning slot in Blenheim’s Olympic team qualifier (from regions F and G), the only 2012 qualifier to take place on British soil this year.
In many cases, spectators will have the opportunity to see this stellar cast of riders in action twice over, with cross country scheduled on both the Saturday (10th September) in the CCI***and the Sunday (11thSeptember) in the eight and nine year old CIC***. The latter has become a marker for up and coming talent as shown with Mark Todd’s, NZB Land Vision who emerged the victor of this class at Blenheim last year, en-route to winning Badminton this Spring.
“ We will try to accommodate as many combinations as we can within the restrictions of the site and schedule,” says Event Director Mandy Hervieu, “however it is possible that the event will have to ballot for the first time in many years.”
The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, set in the parkland of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock (Oxon) has become an established family event, for more information please visit www.blenheim-horse.co.uk