A Bit on the Side are a renowned group of side saddle riders who are all members of the Side Saddle Association. Each of the ladies rides side saddle regularly and will entertain you with their presentation and skilful riding in this ancient form of equestrianism. The display will guide you through the art of side saddle riding, the history surrounding it and the elegance and beauty within it. The team are ever popular at Blenheim, so be sure to find a seat early!
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There’s more to Blenheim than just world class riders and their horses…
The event offers a marvellous selection of trade stands, a sumptuous food hall and a well-stocked craft pavilion, plus a series of thrilling demonstrations and displays in the Attractions Arena which are entirely free of charge to watch.
This year we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the 'Attractions Arena'.
We are so pleased that ' A Bit on the Side' will be joining us again in 2017.
"On behalf of The SSA Display team, A Bit on the Side, I cannot express how pleased and proud we are to be invited back to The Attractions Arena this year. This will be our 10th year at Blenheim so it seems fitting that we are going to be able to embrace the 10 year anniversary of this amazing and informative display arena. No matter what the weather throws at us, the show will go on and there will be smiles and laughter all round at this wonderful event in such a beautiful location."
Ginny Oakley Pope SSA Area Chairman and Manager of A Bit on the Side
If you are interested in exhibiting in this years attractions arena, please send an email.
A Bit on the Side
British Eventing Jump Training Demo
Highly respected and experienced BE Accredited Coaches Nick Gauntlett and Jonathan Chapman deliver a jump training competition. The two coaches kick it all off with a course walk to which audience members are invited to participate, and then warm up the riders before putting them through their paces over the jump training course. Riders receive feedback from one of the coaches before jumping the course again, using the coach’s feedback to improve technique and style.
Dog Agility with Abingdon & Witney College
Watch the students demonstrate their dog training skills developed as part of a course at Common Leys Farm Campus. Have you ever wondered how to train your dog to climb an A-frame or run through tunnels? They invite you to bring your dog along and have a go - a must do!
Get Ready For Hunting with the Heythrop Hunt
Heart Of England Pony Club Musical Ride
Heart of England Pony Club are located in the centre of the country near Coventry. They are a small urban branch with just over 40 members. They participate in most disciplines including dressage, show jumping and eventing, with members ranging from four years old to 24! They enjoy doing musical display rides at local agricultural shows and at the Pony Club Championships. Some of members are also competing in the team eventer challenge on Friday. The members enjoy practicing for the display and it takes a lot of skill and precision to get all the moves on time to the music.
The High Jump Challenge
The rules are simple - he who jumps highest wins! Click here to find out more about this thrilling and ever popular competition.
Looking After Your Horse's Spine
An interactive demonstration that highlights the importance of balance with both rider and horse and demonstrates exercises to prevent joint restrictions, create suppleness and encourage muscular balance. Winston Williams and Emma Phillips aim to share their chiropractic knowledge and their every day experiences and encourage people from all kinds of equine backgrounds that the joints and nervous system of both people and horses have a massive role in optimal function!
Medieval Falconry on Horseback
Jacky Knightley, Bob Edwards and Scotty the horse – medieval falconry on horseback, are returning for the first time since 2014 to show their wonderful birds of prey. This popular team will be doing a display everyday.
Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Pammy Hutton - Dressage Masterclass
In association with the British Horse Society, world renowed dressage competitor and trainer Pammy Hutton joins us for a dressage masterclass!
Retraining of Racehorses with Louise Robson
Thoroughbred Dressage is a stable dedicated to the re training of ex-racehorses from the track into the dressage arena. 'From flying past to flying change!'
Established in 2011, Thoroughbred Dressage has had ex-racers competing, winning and placing at regional and national level, talent spotting finals, U21 Search for a Star finals, YH classes and Riding Club national championships. Their most noted owner is HRH The Queen who owns Quadrille and Princes Trust. Both horses took part in HM's 90th birthday celebrations.
Richard Baldwin - Dressage Masterclass
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is delighted to be welcoming Richard Baldwin again this year for another of his brilliant dressage masterclasses. Richard is a dressage judge, rider and trainer who has competed up to advanced level.
Richard Waygood - Cross Country Skills Masterclass
Richard Waygood, former Riding Master of the Household Cavalry, international event rider, Chef d’Equipe of Great Britain's senior dressage squad, Chef d’Equipe and team trainer of Team GBR's CIC2* European eventing team and renowned trainer of riders from grassroots to international level, joins us for a cross country skills masterclass.
RideSmart with Jon Pitts
RideSmart is a new way of getting the most out of you and your horse. It considers the traditional methods of training horses but looks outside of the box and introduces a new, better way to form a partnership with your horse. Developed by human performance expert Jon Pitts, it takes into account new scientific research into what makes an elite rider and delivers this information in an innovative, clear and easy to understand way. RideSmart will make you think differently and engage with your horse, offering a comprehensive journey of development to help fulfill every rider’s goals. RideSmart… become the rider you want to be.
Thames Valley Mounted Police
Meet these gentle giants and find out about the wonderful job they do in and around the Thames Valley area.
Western v Dressage Pas de Deux
Tammy Greaves has won numerous national and international titles in many Western disciplines. Tammy first represented Great Britain as a 13 year old youth rider then the senior team at 17. She was a Team GBR bronze medallist at the FEI European Reining Championships in 2009 and has won eight European Championships including four in reining. Tammy won many reining championships on the stunning palomino quarter horse stallion ‘Jac Wonders Who’ who she rode on the 2010 Team GBR reining team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Jac Wonders Who is a German Futurity Champion and was ranked 5th in the world during 2010.