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Everything you need to know about Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

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Taking place between 19 – 22 September 2024, Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (BPIHT) is one of the most exciting and prestigious dates in the eventing calendar.

The tranquil grounds of Blenheim Palace transform into a stage for exhilarating equestrian action during the horse trials. The event is a showcase of some of the best talents in the world of eventing. From dressage to show jumping and the thrilling cross-country phase, the event promises a display of skill, bravery and the deep bond between horse and rider. Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or new to the sport, the trials offer an unparalleled viewing experience with the Palace as a backdrop.

Not only is there top-class eventing in the CCI4*-L and CCI4*-S (8 & 9 year old Championships), but the grassroots riders also get the opportunity to compete on one of the biggest stages alongside the best horses and riders in the world. Pony Club and Riding Club members take part in the fiercely competitive and much-loved Eventer Challenge on Thursday and Friday, plus Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) hold its Southern Regional Dressage Championships at the event too.

Things to do at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

With a plethora of activities and attractions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Blenheim. Families can wander through the bustling trade stands, offering everything from sustainable fashion, jewellery, technical clothing, artisanal crafts to delectable food and drink, beautiful homeware, skincare and equestrian gear.

Exciting demonstrations and masterclasses will be on in the Blenheim Arena – from dog agility and the Shetland Pony Grand National to Hawk Eye Falconry, spectacular demonstrations by Freddy Steele and Holly Barber, plus A Bit On The Side, look forward to a packed schedule of entertainment each day.

If ringside seating in the member’s garden tickles your fancy, then why not purchase members tickets or upgrade to the VIP Palace Pavilion. With the member’s enclosure starting from just £25, you could secure yourself one of the best seats in the house from the member’s café and garden which is right by the side of the main arena – don’t miss a second of the action! If you fancy treating yourself to a breakfast and lunch in style, then the VIP Palace Pavilion is for you. You’ll even get access to exclusive rider meet and greets, expert commentary and live streaming of the event.

Attending the horse trials also provides an opportunity to explore one of the UK’s most significant historical landmarks. The Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its sprawling gardens offer a serene escape, blending natural beauty with historical intrigue. Whether you’re wandering through the formal gardens or exploring the Palace interiors, it’s a perfect opportunity to delve into our rich heritage.

BPIHT offers a unique blend of world-class athletes in action and fun-filled family entertainment against the backdrop of one of England’s most iconic landmarks. Whether you’re a horse enthusiast, a family looking for a fun day out, or simply seeking to soak up the atmosphere, this event is not to be missed. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and gallop towards the Box Office, using code VTC20 for 20% off the gate price.

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