The British Eventing Board has announced that it has made a decision that it will no longer be organising the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials going forward.
This follows from the previous announcement by the board about the cancellation of the 2020 SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blenheim Palace Horse Trials has, for a long time, been the only horse trials managed by British Eventing. The break caused by the cancellation of the event this year has allowed the British Eventing Board to reassess the organisation structure of the event, and the decision has been made that British Eventing will focus on the delivery of core sport.
The fixture, which holds a CCI4*-L and the CCI4*-S competition for eight and nine year old horses remains a pinnacle in the eventing calendar. British Eventing, Blenheim Palace and SsangYong Motors remain committed to the event being held from 2021.
With that aim, British Eventing is interested in hearing from any party interested in taking on the organisation of the event from 2021 onwards.
Jude Matthews, British Eventing CEO commented "It is with regret that we have made the decision to cease organising the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials, and it marks the end of an era for British Eventing. The event team, led by Mandy Hervieu, have done a fantastic job over the years, and the Organising Committee have provided a vast amount of time and knowledge to support the running of the event. I would also like to thank all those who have volunteered over the years for their support of the event, we could not have done it without you.
"We would welcome hearing from any interested parties in the first instance, with a tender process due to be concluded by the end of this year. Further information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org."