“I am not sure whether it is the weather, the post Olympic ‘halo’ effect, the fact that (with many earlier events cancelled) people are missing their eventing ‘fix’, or the extra efforts we have put into marketing the event,” says Event Director Mandy Hervieu, “but we are delighted to have welcomed so many people- lots of old familiar faces and lots of new ones too. Everyone seemed to have a lovely time and we have once again been overwhelmed with masses of thank you letters, emails and card. It makes all the hard work worthwhile!”
Spectators enjoyed four fantastic days of competition topped by William Fox Pitt (pictured) winning the CCI*** on the lovely Seacookie (owned by Catherine Witt) making this his 50th three day event win. In addition, they were also able to see: the up and coming horses of the future in our 8 and 9 year old class (won by Andrew Nicholson on Quimbo, owned by Deborah Sellar), some great displays and demonstrations and hundreds of amateur riders enjoying the chance to ride alongside their heroes; as well as having the opportunity to snap up some bargains at the Blenheim trade stalls.
Riders were unanimous in their praise for the new course and improved ground work undertaken by course builders D.E.R.T and designed by Eric Winter. Many commented on how beautifully built it was and how it presented challenges every step of the way and was a true three star test.
“Not since the European Championships have we seen crowds like this,” exclaimed an excited volunteer who was stewarding the arena where a bare back show jumping class was taking place.
“It is great to be part of this and get to see the riders so close up. The public have been great and the organisers are really friendly and efficient, so my job is a breeze! I will definitely be volunteering to help at next year’s Blenheim”. For full results for all classes see www.Blenheim-horse.co.uk/results