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Blenheim Horse Trials

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British rider and 1996 Blenheim-winner Mary King at the 2007 Blenheim Horse Trials

The Blenheim Horse Trials is an annual international three day event held in the park of Blenheim Palace, at Woodstock, England. It is rated CCI*** (the second highest level of eventing). The 2009 dates for Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are 10th - 13th September

Blenheim began in 1990, after the three-day event held at Chatsworth was ended. The venue has since become popular both for national and international events, beginning in 1994 with the FEI European Young Rider Championships.

In 2003, Blenheim hosted the Asia-Pacific Championships as a qualifier for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Sixteen nations were represented and several European, World, and Olympic Champions competed. The winner, Pippa Funnell, became the first rider to win three times at the venue. Pippa Funnell won yet again at the 2004 Blenheim Horse Trials, on her stallion, Viceroy.

In 2005, Blemheim hosted the European Eventing Championship.

Past Winners of Blenheim

  • 1990 Lucinda Murray (now Mrs Fredericks)/Just Jeremy (GBR)
  • 1991 Andrew Nicholson/Park Grove (NZL)
  • 1992 Rodney Powell/Limmy’s Comet (GBR)
  • 1994 Bruce Davidson/Squelch (USA)
    • Young Rider European Champion: Nina Melkonian/Westphalia/GER
    • Young Rider European Championships Team: GBR
  • 1997 Paddy Muir/Archie Brown (GBR)
  • 1998 Polly Clark (now Mrs Stockton)/Westlord (GBR)
  • 1999 Franck Bourny/Mallard’s Treat (FRA)
  • 2002 Lucinda Fredericks/Headley Britannia (AUS)
  • 2003 Pippa Funnell/Jurassic Rising (GBR) (also 3rd on Viceroy ll)
    • Asia-Pacific Champion: Phillip Dutton/Nova Top (AUS)
    • Asia-Pacific Winning Team: Australia
    • Great Britain Team Gold
  • 2007 Chris King/The Secret Weapon
  • 2008 Cancelled after dressage phase due to poor weather

External links

Blenheim Official Site


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