Blenheim to support Riding for the Disabled

The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (8-11 September 2011) is delighted to announce that the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), will be the official charity for this year’s event.

The RDA is dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of people through education, therapy, and fun and will stage a number of displays at the event, in Blenheim’s Attractions arena. These will include riders with various disabilities, demonstrating their equestrian skills and showcasing the Charity’s work. Visitors will be able to purchase a range of RDA gifts and donate to this worthy cause at their trade stand which will be located close to the Attractions arena.

Ed Bracher, Chief Executive for Riding for the Disabled says: “We are grateful to the organisers of the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for making RDA the chosen charity for this year’s event. RDA is reliant on voluntary donations and legacies to deliver its services and, although we already work with over 28,000 people with disabilities across the UK, there are many more in need of our help. On behalf of everyone at RDA, I would like to thank the teams at Blenheim and Fidelity and of course urge visitors to show their support for us in any way they can.”

Mandy Hervieu, Event Director added: “Over the last few years we have witnessed some amazing displays from disabled riders at Blenheim – not least last year when we saw Alicia Griffiths, who is severely visually impaired, perform an amazing dressage test which wowed our international judges. We are very pleased to be able to support the good work the RDA does by making them our official charity.”

The 2011 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will feature some of the world’s top riders competing in dressage, showjumping and cross country in a bid to take a coveted Blenheim title. This year, as well as the Event’s flagship (CCI***) competition and British Championship (CIC***) specifically for 8 and 9 year old horses; Blenheim will also host a 2012 Olympic Qualifier class for top overseas riders from Oceania, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, who will be battling it out to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, set in the parkland of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock (Oxon), has become an established family event. This year it will offer: over 150 trade stands, a wide range of children’s entertainments, the Anthony Nolan Fun Run and a Sporting Bears classic car display; as well as four days of demonstrations and attractions included in the admission price. To book advance tickets at discount prices and for further details www.blenheim-horse.co.uk.

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