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Ground care day launched

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 13:15

Ground conditions and how best to use the machines available to improve the going underfoot for horses and riders are one of the hottest topics in equestrian sport. 

The organisers of SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials are holding a "Ground Care Day" on the opening day of this year's horse trials (13 September) to help participants in all forms of horse sport - officials, organisers, riders, owners and the general public - understand the methods used to produce the best possible footing in a variety of different circumstances.

The day includes a presentation from the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), a nutrition and management of turf surfaces presentation by Aquatrols, ground care equipment displays and presentations, and a ground care panel discussion sponsored by Suregrow, hosted by technical delegate and course-designer Adrian Ditcham and featuring experts in ground care from Badminton, Burghley and Blenheim.

Coffee and tea will be provided. Tickets are free for British Eventing-accredited officials, or cost £20 for other interested parties.

SsangYong Blenheim Palace's Event Director Mandy Hervieu said: "The equestrian community is becoming ever more aware of the significance of the right ground preparation, and we think this will be a very interesting and valuable day."

As well as the two international eventing classes, the CCI3* and the CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-olds, SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials features a range of popular classes for amateur riders, including a new Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) dressage championship and eventer challenge competitions. There is a new combined training class at CCI2* level for 16-21-year-old riders, a Sport Horse Breeding (GB) stallion parade, a RoR parade of ex-racehorses, including the brilliant former champion Big Buck’s, a hound parade and a packed schedule of demonstrations and masterclasses in the Attractions Arena.

SsangYong Blenheim Palace offers superb children’s entertainment – including Tractor Ted – excellent shopping and a wide range of food and drink options, including an expanded food-walk. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit