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Piggy French DHI Topper Blenheim CCI3* winner 2011 21 Mar 12

New-look course and schedule for Blenheim

Fidelity Worldwide Investments has extended its title sponsorship of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for the next three years (2012-15); allowing the organisers to re-invest in some new fences, improve the going and introduce other enhancements for this year’s running (6-9 September 2012).

“2012 is going to be an exciting year for Blenheim’s cross country course as several new fences and changes of route will come into play, giving a new feel to parts of the course. David Evans is busy interpreting my designs and there will certainly be some new questions this year,” explains course designer, Eric Winter.

‘”Having the support of Fidelity and our other loyal sponsors is what has enabled us to invest, not only in the course, but also in the facilities and support systems for the whole event, adds Event Director Mandy Hervieu.

”We are introducing these changes following a comprehensive event review which consulted with both opinion leaders and professionals within the sport and all of our stakeholder groups to see how we can enhance the event further,” ends Mandy.

In addition to the cross country course improvements, and in line with the Review findings, the 2012 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will also be introducing:

• some changes in layout and to the main event timetable, including a later start (approx 11am) to the cross country on both days of the weekend*

• later start and finish times for the displays and demonstrations in the attractions arena

• more opportunities for grass roots riders to participate

• more opportunities for the CCI/CIC Eventers to take part in a new bareback jumping class, in addition to the extremely popular Amtrust High jump Challenge.

Visitors are advised to book tickets early to guarantee limited availability tickets such as grandstand seats or Members passes. For tickets and new schedule details, visit www.blenheim-horse.co.uk