Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials has been named the Best Equine Event of the year by the British Equestrian Trade Association.
Blenheim received the Joules award at the BETA awards gala in Birmingham, on February 16. British Eventing Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith said the recognition was excellent news and “a feather in the cap” for the event.
“Staging an event requires a huge team effort with enthusiasm and goodwill on the part of all involved and so well done to the team at Blenheim.”
Mandy Hervieu, who has been Event Director of the horse trials at Blenheim for eight years, said the organisers appreciated being nominated for the award by exhibitors. “They are such an important part of our event and we appreciate everything they put into Blenheim to help make it a success.
“It is lovely to hear that they also appreciate what we do behind the scenes to make it as successful for them as possible”.
Sean Whiting from Houghton Equestrian was one of the 200 businesses that traded at the event in 2013: “It was a tough decision this year because all of the finalists are so good. This one just topped them all with their service to us in 2013!”
Last year about 60,000 spectators and fans of the sport visited the event including spectator Dai Jones from Hampshire who attended Blenheim for the first time in 2013: “There was a fantastic range of shops with something for everyone, there was a lovely range of art, furniture and clothing for my wife and children; I went home laden with shopping for everybody.”
This year Blenheim’s trade stand village will be open to the public from September 11 to 14, with free entry for shoppers visiting after 4pm on Thursday and Friday.