The Horse Trials at Blenheim Palace began in 1990 and quickly became very popular for riders on the eventing circuit. Well-known faces like William Fox-Pitt have competed many times and hold the honour of having won the main event five times with Pippa Funnell and Piggy March just behind on four wins each. Lucinda Fredericks, Andrew Nicholson and Jonelle Price are also multiple winners – so the roll call is full of top international riders.

View the timetable here.

FEI competitions

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) governs international equestrian sports, ensuring fair play, welfare, and excellence. Founded in 1921, it regulates disciplines including dressage, show jumping, and eventing, setting standards for competitions, horsemanship, and horse welfare globally. The FEI fosters unity and development within the equestrian community worldwide.

Two FEI competitions take place between 19-22 September in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

1. The CCI4* L represents the pinnacle of eventing, testing horse and rider across dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Renowned for their demanding courses and elite competitors, these championships showcase the epitome of equestrian athleticism, skill, and partnership, captivating audiences worldwide with their thrilling displays of horsemanship. Peak horse and rider combinations will compete for the top prize.

2. The CCI4*-S  is a championship event for eight and nine-year-olds, giving spectators the opportunity to see the equine stars of the future. It is an esteemed eventing competition, demanding skill and courage from horse and rider. With dressage, show jumping and cross-country phases, it serves as a stepping stone to the elite CCI5* level, attracting top equestrian talent and thrilling spectators with its intensity and athleticism.

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