If you’re planning to attend this year’s exciting event, you’ll want to know the best spots to catch all the action on the cross country course. We’ve got you covered with exclusive insight straight from this year’s Course Designer, David Evans.
Here are the top three places to watch the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI4*-L Cross Country:
The Palace Arena offers a picturesque setting with a stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace. This is the perfect spot to witness the course in between looking round the bustling shopping village. From here, you can catch a glimpse of the fence combination situated in the palace arena (fence 7A+B), along with the Noonan’s Treasure Chest (fence 8) and the Noonan’s Treasure Chest Combination (fence 9 A+B), all set against the beautiful Palace backdrop. It’s a truly magnificent place to take in the event.
Between Fences 4 and 12:
Position yourself between fences 4 and 12 for a prime vantage point. Here, you’ll have a clear view of the first water jump, which always adds an element of excitement to the course. From this spot, you can also see the first combination, the Brookfield Bold Question (fence 4A, B+C), and the Sporting Saint Flyer (fence 5). Keep an eye on the fences before and after the water; the roll top (fence 12) and the Horse Rail Question (fence 13A+B) as the competitors navigate these challenges.
Top of the hill near fences 15-19:
For a front row seat of some of the most exhilarating sections of the course, head up to the top of the hill near fences 15-19. Here, you’ll be treated to the sight of the new water jump combination, complete with an impressive log drop (fence 15ABC). This area also offers a view of two other thrilling combinations, fence 17ABCDE and fence 19ABC, that will surely test the horse and rider’s partnership. Additionally, you can see single fences, including the British Horse Society Canal Turn (fence 16) and the Bedmax Table (fence 17).
Whether you prefer the elegance of the Palace Arena, the excitement near the water, or the panoramic views from the top of the hill, you’re guaranteed a thrilling day of eventing action at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.
Don’t miss this chance to witness world-class riders and horses take on this challenging cross country course in a stunning setting. Enjoy the event!