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There’s more to Blenheim than just world class riders and their horses…

The event offers a marvelous selection of trade stands, a sumptuous food walk and a well-stocked craft pavilion, plus a series of thrilling demonstrations and displays in the Blenheim Arena which are entirely free of charge to watch.

Above: The JPL Shetland Racing Display Team © HFP Photography

The timetable for 2018 will be out soon. See below attractions of 2017. 

A Bit on the Side

 The team are ever popular at Blenheim, so be sure to find a seat early!

A Bit on the Side will guide you through the magic and mystery of side saddle riding: the history, the etiquette and even how to jump on these wonderful vintage saddles.
The displays will vary each day and are informative as well as being amusing to watch.The team this year are Sharon Garley, Emma Brown, mother and daughter duo, Hazel and Lauren Allin and Chloe Gunn. We will be welcoming two junior riders on Saturday and Sunday, Jessica and Annabelle Ross who will, as always, show the adults how it is done! Commented by the lovely Ginny Oakley Pope who also manages this highly acclaimed team of gifted side saddle riders. 

Dog Agility with Abingdon & Witney College

Watch the students demonstrate their dog training skills developed as part of a course at Common Leys Farm Campus. Abingdon & Witney college have always been a great addition to our horse trials and never fail to get the crowding cheering during their dog agility. If you have you ever wondered how to train your dog to climb an A-frame or run through tunnels then you can have a go in our dog agility arena! They invite you to bring your dog along and have a go - a must do this year! 

Heart Of England Pony Club Musical Ride

Join us as we close the event with the ever popular Musical Ride led by the Heart of England Pony Club. They are located in the centre of the country near Coventry and are a small urban branch with just over 40 members. They participate in most disciplines including dressage, show jumping and eventing, with members ranging from four years old to 24! They enjoy doing musical display rides at local agricultural shows and at the Pony Club Championships. Some of members are also competing in the team eventer challenge on Friday. The members enjoy practicing for the display and it takes a lot of skill and precision to get all the moves on time to the music. They are joining us to close the attractions arena as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. 

The High Jump Challenge

The rules are simple with our High Jump Challenge - he who jumps highest wins! 

This class is hugely popular with spectators; a ‘knockout’ style jumping class in which there is just one fence which goes higher and higher! Previously heights of over 1m85 have been cleared! Jockeys Sam Twiston Davies and Andrew Tinkler show off the height they cleared in 2014! 

in 2016, joint Winner Vicky Laing (pictured) clears the high jump at 178cm!

Click here to find out more about this thrilling and ever popular competition. 

Dan & Dandi - One Trick Pony

New for 2017!

Dan & Dandi are sure to entertain the crowd with their talents this year. Watch the many tricks that duo can present as well as heating up the crowd with their fire finale!

Dan's trick horse Dandi is only 6 years old and is already a superstar! Don't miss out on the opportunity to watch this dynamic duo in action during the horse trials this year. 

 

 

Bitless not Brainless

 
Bitless not brainless are the team that do it in pink and are joining us in the attractions arena this year! Watch Mark and his team show you how easy it can be to ride a horse bitless through many obstacles and jumps including a quadrille ride, jumping skinny fences and of course hedge-hopping! In aid of Breast Cancer Awareness, we are pleased that Mark and his team are joining us this year to celebrate our 10th anniversary in the attractions arena and course to entertain the crowd! 

 

Richard Baldwin - Dressage Masterclass

SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are delighted to be welcoming Richard Baldwin again this year for another one of his brilliant dressage masterclasses. Richard is a dressage judge, rider and trainer who has competed up to advanced level. Richard will be discussing the judging of dressage tests and what theylook out for during a test! It's a great chance to get into a judges head to see how they work to progess as well as getting some top tips on how to ace your test! 

Darrell Scaife- Jumping Masterclass

Watch Darrell Scaife, British Eventing Accredited Coach and members of the Junior European Squad as they are put through their paces for this jumping masterclass.  His philosophy is whatever level a rider wishes to attain, they must firstly gain a thorough grounding, a correct position and a correctly trained, happy horse.

Thames Valley Mounted Police

The Mounted Section plays an important role in public order by attending planned and spontaneous public disorder. This can include policing football matches and helping to maintain public order at demonstrations, marches and events. We are offering a great opportunity to meet these gentle giants and find out about the wonderful job they do in and around the Thames Valley area. Watch the fearless team and see how police horses are trained to be as brave and bold as they are!  

Western v Dressage Pas de Deux

Tammy Greaves has won numerous national and international titles in many Western disciplines. Tammy first represented Great Britain as a 13 year old youth rider then the senior team at 17. She was a Team GBR bronze medallist at the FEI European Reining Championships in 2009 and has won eight European Championships including four in reining. Tammy won many reining championships on the stunning palomino quarter horse stallion ‘Jac Wonders Who’ who she rode on the 2010 Team GBR reining team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Jac Wonders Who is a German Futurity Champion and was ranked 5th in the world during 2010.

Mounted Games Association of Great Britain

Who doesn't love watching mounted games? Watch the ever thrilling mounted games hosted by The Mounted Games Association of Great Britain.  Founded by Norman Patrick on 21st January 1984, the association continues to grow and develop as more and more county teams joined the Association. 

Alison Kenward - Dressage to music

Enjoy a fresh, fun and upbeat dressage to music masterclass by Alison Kenward. See how music is selected to match a horse’s pace and personality from Novice to Elementary as well as a Team GB Para rider. It’s sure to capture the imagination of dressage and music fans alike.

 

Box Clever Flyball Club

Watch the fastest growing dog sport in the U.K when they join us in the attractions arena this year! Watch the dogs race over jumps to trigger a spring loaded “box” that releases the tennis ball. Cheer them on as they quickly catch the ball & return with it over the jumps to the handler! First team to get all their dogs back error-free winning the heat. The best of 5 heats wins!! 

ERM and CIC3* showjumping warm-up

Get behind the scenes on and watch the thrills and the spills as the competitors of the ERM and CCI3* warm up their horse’s in the attractions arena ready to compete in the main arena on Saturday 16th September. Click here for what's on guide. 

 

Looking After Your Horse's Spine

An interactive demonstration that highlights the importance of training the brain to optimise body function. As experienced Chiropractors, Winston and Emma treat many joint problems that reoccur due to training for specific disciplines.
ProprioFlex is designed to reboot areas of the body that have become compromised. This session is aimed to provide knowledge and tools that people can incorporate into their training regime to enhance optimum performance.

Cobs Can Dance with Caroline Fletcher

Anyone can enjoy riding their horse to music. At home, at an unaffiliated dressage comp or in an affiliated british dressage class.
Carol Fletcher riding 17 yo Ranmore Rascal a piebald cob will explain how to go about choosing the music to suit your horse’s paces and temperament in order to design a floor plan that covers all the compulsory movements required for BD Nov to Medium. It is important that you and your horse enjoys the music and has fun!

JPL Shetland Pony Racing Display Team

Enjoy a steeplechase in miniature as you watch the tiny team dash past you ridden by young jockeys in silks. The ponies may be petite, but the skill and excitement of this race is immense and a real crowd pleaser!

Retraining of Racehorses with Louise Robson

Thoroughbred Dressage, are joining us in the Attractions Arena again this year to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Dedicated to the re training of ex racehorses from the track into the dressage arena, her team welcome all horses from varying backgrounds and levels of training. Enjoy her insight to how she has re trained racehorses to where they are now with her "From Flying Past to Flying Change" mantra