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Competitions

The 2018 SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials offers competitors at all levels. Find out more below. 

CCI3*

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The leading three star CCI (Concourse Complete International) in the world. Blenheim has been hosting this class since 1990 and it is well established in the international calendar. In 2018 we will accept 100 entries in this show case class. 

CIC3*

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90 of the very best eight and nine-year-old horses will contest this special three star CIC (Concourse International Combine) class in 2018. This class was introduced in 2009 and has since become extremely popular and hotly contested.

Combined training

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A new class for 2018 which is kindly supported by Saffery Champness. Taking place in the main Marlborough Arena on Saturday 15th September, Young Riders now have the opportunity to compete at Blenheim and gain some valuable experience on the 'big stage'. 

Fun ride

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The ride on Sunday 16th September offers some amazing views of the estate and palace and unique photo opportunities, as well as the opportunity to see secret areas of the park on horseback - something which is normally not accessible to everyday riders!

The ride is kindly officiated by the Bicester and Warden Hill Pony Club.

 

The Masters' challenge

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Back by popular demand, the Masters' gate jumping challenge is returning to the Blenheim Arena on Sunday 16th September. Riders take it in turns to jump the gate in this thrilling competition. If you have a fault, to buy a life an item of clothing must be lost.

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RoR dressage championships

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Retraining of Racehorses and the Ssangyong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials are excited to announce this new competition for 2018. It will take place throughout the day on Thursday 13th September and will run at prelim, novice and elementary levels. 

90cm & 100cm Riding Club & Pony Club team eventer challenges

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The 90cm and 100cm Riding Club and Pony Club Team Eventer Challenges are kindly sponsored by Dodson & Horrell. These very popular events are grass-arena-based competitions, held in the Bladon and Hensington Arenas, over a testing course of show jumps and cross-country fences with an optimum time for completion. The team with the lowest cumulative score are the winners, and there is also an award for the most stylish rider.

90cm & 100cm individual eventer challenges

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This popular competition, supported by Dodson & Horrell, is aimed at grassroots competitors and will run for the ninth consecutive year in 2018. This exciting class now includes both 90cm and 100cm sections, offering BE90 and BE100 riders the chance to compete on Blenheim's hallowed ground. The ‘derby style’ competition is a grass-arena-based challenge involving a testing course of show jumps and cross-country fences with a 5cm higher show jump to finish.