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Blenheim office besieged by Pony Clubs!

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 by Heather Dodd

Once again the Blenheim Horse Trials office has been swamped with entries for the Eventer Challenge Competitions for Riding and Pony Clubs which are sponsored by one of its long term sponsors, Dodson & Horrell.

“The class is incredibly popular” says Event Director Mandy Hervieu.

“We have been having calls for weeks from team captains itching to get their entries in, lots of emails and even one lady who wanted to drive for three hours each way to make sure her team got a place!”

So popular is this class that there is already a wait list for the Pony Club Class and the Riding Club entries are coming in thick and fast.

“We love sponsoring these classes” said Dodson & Horrell Marketing Director Sam Horrell.

“It’s fiercely competitive but the riders are so happy to be able to take part in a great competition especially in such a prestigious setting and so we make sure they all get a goody bag to go away with and for the top teams there are lovely rosettes, rugs and prizes too.

“Plus, our judge Kay Graves kindly donates a rug and rosettes to the most stylish individuals.”

The classes are arena-based competitions where teams of four compete against one another trying to get four clear rounds within the optimal time over a cleverly designed course of cross country and show jumps of 90cm to 1m designed by Eric Winter and Di Boddy.

In 2012 the fence that caught many out was the wavy planks zebra designed by local school girl Ellen Coles and it is planned that the zebra will appear again in 2013 but with some new challenges for the ultra competitive pony clubs to tackle.

This year the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will be held on 12th – 15th of September with a packed programme which not only includes the CCI*** and 8 and 9 year old CIC*** international eventing classes but also the Eventer Challenge Classes for Pony Clubs, Riding Clubs and BE 100 competitors plus a full schedule of demonstrations and displays, a wide range of shopping opportunities and children’s attractions, craft marquee and a food and drink hall.

Tickets start at just £10* per adult with children under 12 getting in free and a complimentary parking pass for all who book in advance (car parking fees apply for on the gate sales).

More information on the event can be found and advance tickets purchased online from   

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