Chris Bartle chats to BETV about the relevance of the CIC eight and nine year old class at Blenheim, how it compares with other young horse classes and what he looks for in new horse talent for British riders.
About the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials
The SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials have been running since 1990, attracting the world's best riders and the thousands of spectators.
There are three classes held at Blenheim over the five days of the event – the showcase CCI3*, a CIC3* for eight and nine year old horses and the final leg of the Event Rider Masters series.
The CIC3* for eight and nine year old horses has been specifically developed for younger horses to complete the dressage test followed by show jumping then cross country.
The format for the CCI3* class, for older and more experienced horses, starts with dressage, followed by a longer and more technically demanding cross country phase, which provides a more exacting test and finishes with the show jumping.
The Event Rider Masters CIC3* takes place with dressage on Friday, followed by show jumping and finally the cross country, both on Saturday.
In addition to world class eventing action, there are lots of other activities on offer at the event each year. There are displays and attractions throughout the event for all the family, including children's play areas, a food and drink hall, sports and classic car displays, and more than 200 outlets in the shopping village.