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12 things to look forward to at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 2018

With the announcement that SsangYong are extending their sponsorship for a further five years, there’s even more of a buzz than ever surrounding this year’s Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (13-16 September). Here's what you can look forward to...

  • Live streaming of the World Equestrian Games. Come and watch WEG at SsangYong Blenheim Palace in a party atmosphere with all your friends!

  • A more spectator-, owner- and competitor-friendly schedule. The show jumping for the eight and nine year old CIC3* will take place first thing in the morning on Saturday 15 September and the highlight of the weekend, the CCI3* cross country, will start later than in recent years at approximately 11am. On Sunday 16 September, the CIC3* cross country will start at around 9.30am and all the CCI3* competitors will show jump after lunch in the main Marlborough Arena. These timetable changes will allow more horses to take part in both three star classes.

  • New for 2018 are a Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) dressage championship on Thursday 13 September and a Young Rider combined training class in the Marlborough Arena on Saturday 15 September, showcasing the best of British young talent.

  • There will be a SHB (GB) stallion parade and a Horse Trials Support Group scholar demonstration of training on Sunday 16 September.

  • The British Eventing Pavilion returns for 2018 and there is a special discount on tickets for BE members! Receive £5 off your Blenheim ticket order with all BE memberships. Book via the Blenheim website and enter code BEMEMBER at the checkout. All types of membership are valid and the code can only be used once per member. Offer runs from 1 June 2018 until 15 July 2018. 

  • As well as top-class professional sport, don’t forget SsangYong Blenheim Palace’s brilliant opportunities for amateur riders, such as the Dodson & Horrell Eventer Challenges for individuals, Pony Club teams and riding club teams at 90cm and 100cm level. There’s also the fun ride round the stunning Blenheim Palace estate, with optional jumps, on Sunday 16 September.

  • The new foodwalk was a great success last year, and it has been expanded and improved this year. It offers fresh, delicious artisan products, so wander around the market-type stalls and shop to your heart’s content.

  • First-class shopping opportunities. The shopping village offers everything from essential tack, kit and clothing for horse and rider to jewellery, fashion, furniture, books, art, and original and quirky gift ideas.

  • SsangYong Blenheim Palace’s Attractions Arena has a packed schedule for all four days of the event. Highlights include tent-pegging, BMX trick-riding, the Cherwell Riding Club quadrille team, gate-jumping, side-saddle displays, ‘spook-busting’ and trailer-training, dressage to music, a British Eventing masterclass, the Thames Valley Police, flyball and dog agility.

  • Tractor Ted! The range of children’s entertainment has been enhanced and includes an interactive display from the incredibly popular Tractor Ted, as well as fairground rides, face painting, a climbing wall and lots more.

  • Tickets for the Marlborough Pavilion, which offers ringside viewing and delicious food options in comfortable surroundings, are now better value for money as they are inclusive of entry into the event, forward parking and admission into the Pavilion.

  • Camping for the duration of the event has always been very popular and sells out. In order to optimise space and improve the experience for campers, two options are now offered – a larger, premier site and the standard-sized camping pitch.