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Zara Tindall to star at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 16:30

Zara Tindall is just one of the top riders entered for the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (13-17 September).

The entries are, once again, outstanding and feature the majority of the stars of the eventing world.

There are three international classes at SsangYong Blenheim Palace, and Zara has entered a horse in each. All three horses are relatively new rides to Zara, underlining her renewed commitment to the sport in which she has been a World and European champion.

Blenheim Palace is a happy hunting ground for Zara – she won the individual gold medal at the European Championships here in 2005.

She will face tough opposition from the likes of Olympic gold medallists Sir Mark Todd, Blyth Tait and Andrew Hoy – and several members of the British team who won gold at the recent European  Championships in Poland: Tina Cook, Oliver Townend, Ros Canter and Gemma Tattersall.

Two of Britain’s most popular and successful event riders, William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell, already have five and six wins apiece at SsangYong Blenheim Palace to their credit. William returns with two young horses this year, while Pippa has four horses entered.

In total, 15 different nations will be represented at SsangYong Blenheim Palace, ranging all through Europe to Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and South Africa.

Event Director Mandy Hervieu said: “We have absolutely outstanding entries this year, proving what a world-class event SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is. The stage is set for three very exciting competitions – and, with two days of cross-country (Saturday, 16th and Sunday, 17th September), it should be a real feast of top-class sport for spectators.”

As well as the sporting action, SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials features excellent shopping opportunities that you won’t find on the high street, and a “shop and drop” facility which means visitors don’t have to carry their purchases around all day. There is a full programme in the Attractions Arena every day – including Joey, the much-loved puppet from the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse – children’s entertainment, and great food, ranging from locally produced outlets to a variety of dining packages.

Image c. Sarah Farnsworth.