Sunday 19 September 2021Editor's Choice
Saddle up and get ready for four days of equestrian excellence, when the International Horse Trials at Blenheim Palace returns to the Cotswolds in 2021.
The anticipated equestrian event was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it is back this September 2021 and, for the first time ever, is being organised by The Jockey Club – which is determined to make it better than ever.
The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is considered the pinnacle of eventing calendar and despite taking place over four days, it is known as a ‘three-day-event’ because it is made up of three phases: dressage; cross-country and show-jumping.
Getting underway on Thursday 16 September 2021 and running until Sunday 19 September 2021, the trials will see the dressage phase take place on the first two days, followed by cross country on the third day and show jumping on the fourth.
Dressage, which Team GB competed so well in at the Tokyo Olympics, will see an elegant series of pre-set movements judged subjectively.
The thrilling cross-country phase sees riders take on the challenge of big solid fences and unique water complexes on a timed course around Blenheim’s beautiful parkland.
Before the show-jumping phase on the last day of the trials will take place in the Marlborough Arena in front of Blenheim Palace.
What’s more, as well as the equestrian prowess on display, there is so much to do every single day of the trials including displays and demonstrations, a Family Arena, as well as shops to explore and food outlets and bars to treat your tastebuds too.
Littles ones will be pleased to hear that children’s TV character Hey Duggee will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day on Saturday; while Peppa Pig will appear on the Sunday; in addition to a range of inflatables, facepainters and fairground rides – to ensure an action-packed day out in the Cotswolds is in store for every member of the family.
For more information and to book tickets, visit bphit.co.uk.
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