Rising equine stars, advice from a legend and back at the palace: 8 stories you need to read about Thursday’s Blenheim dressage action

Blenheim Horse Trials dressage: Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir
Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir at Blenheim 2021.

The first day of Blenheim Horse Trials dressage is over – here are the eight things you need to know about today’s action in front of the majestic palace… 1. Ros Canter leads the young horse CCI4*-S on eight-year-old Izilot DHI, who she says is the most talented horse she’s ever sat on. Find out […]

‘The young horses will have to try hard’: riders react to Blenheim’s cross-country courses

Blenheim Horse Trials cross-country course

Riders have commented that the track for the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S is particularly strong this year, as they assess the Blenheim Horse Trials cross-country course, designed by David Evans. Izzy Taylor said after her CCI4*-L dressage test early this morning that she had had a quick look at both tracks yesterday. “It’s a lovely […]

Ros Canter’s ride Izilot DHI heads Blenheim young horse class: ‘He’s only at 70% of his ability; I’ve never sat on a horse so talented’

Blenheim Horse Trials dressage: Ros Canter and Izilot DHI have taken the lead in the young horse class
Ros Canter and Izilot DHI competing at Houghton.

Two horses who have already been British champions in age classes hold the top spots in the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S at the conclusion of today’s Blenheim Horse Trials dressage for this class. Ros Canter sits in first with Izilot DHI, who was the British six-year-old champion in 2019, on a mark of 26.6. Izilot […]

Yasmin Ingham leads Blenheim CCI4*-L on Paris 2024 prospect Banzai Du Loir: ‘You don’t want to let him down’

Blenheim Horse Trials dressage: Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir
Yasmin Ingham riding Banzai Du Loir in CCI 4*-L at Blenheim Horse Trials 2021.

Yasmin Ingham holds the CCI4*-L lead at the first lunchbreak in the Blenheim Horse Trials dressage, riding her Paris 2024 prospect Banzai Du Loir. “I came out thinking there was definitely more work to be done in certain areas – it’s still an experience for him with the crowds and atmosphere, so for him to […]

Flash Cooley impresses early in Blenheim’s young horse class for Gemma Tattersall: ‘He shows off in the arena’

Blenheim Horse Trials dressage: Gemma Tattersall and Flash Cooley have taken an early lead in the young horse class
Gemma Tattersall and Flash Cooley at Hartpury 2021.

Gemma Tattersall has taken an early lead in the Blenheim Horse Trials dressage for the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S, riding Flash Cooley. The recent Bicton Horse Trials five-star winner took over the ride on Pru Dawes’ smart grey this season because his former rider, Liz Halliday-Sharp, decided to base herself full time in the US […]

Emily King takes Blenheim CCI4*-L dressage lead: ‘My Mum is like a knowledgeable mirror before the test’

Blenheim Horse Trials dressage: Emily King and Valmy Biats have taken the lead
Emily King and Valmy Biats at Aston-le-Walls in July 2021.

Emily King has taken over the Blenheim Horse Trials dressage lead in the CCI4*-L class, riding Valmy Biats. The pair scored 27.2 for their excellent test. “I’ve had him for about a year and a half now and when he came to me, he had good movement but he was so tense and nervy and […]

Izzy Taylor holds early lead in Blenheim CCI4*-L: ‘Springpower was expressive but kept a lid on it’

Blenheim Horse Trials dressage: Izzy Taylor and Springpower have taken an early lead
Izzy Taylor and Springpower at Burghley 2019.

Izzy Taylor holds an early lead in the Blenheim Horse Trials dressage for the CCI4*-L, after scoring 27.9 on Springpower. “I’m very pleased,” said Izzy. “He loves, loves an atmosphere and is very excited to be at Blenheim – he was a lunatic yesterday at the trot-up, so I’m very pleased that he was expressive, […]

Olympic medal-winning horse’s next event delayed: ‘His health and well-being is our utmost priority’

Vassily De Lassos: foot abscess will keep the double Olympic medallist from competing at Aachen
Andrew Hoy and Vassily De Lassos at the Tokyo Olympics.

Vassily De Lassos, who won individual bronze and team silver medals at the Olympics with Australia’s Andrew Hoy, will miss competing at Aachen owing to a hoof abscess. Aachen would have been the chestnut’s first event since the Tokyo Games. “Vassily has developed a foot abscess, which has thankfully been located and also cleared by […]

How to watch the European Eventing Championships live

How to watch European Eventing Championships live – Kitty King and Vendredi Biats will compete for Britain
Kitty King and Vendredi Biats, who are on the British squad for the European Eventing Championships, at Bicton in June 2021.

Need to know how to watch the European Eventing Championships live from Avenches, Switzerland? We have the answers… How to watch: European Eventing Championships live The BBC will show the cross-country and showjumping live on red button, iPlayer and bbc.co.uk/sport, plus a highlights programme on BBC2 on Monday 27 September, from 3.30-5.15pm. The action will […]

Laura Collett to appear on Question of Sport: ‘It was a totally surreal experience’

Laura Collett Question of Sport – the Olympic eventer will appear on the iconic quiz programme
Laura Collett and London 52 at the Tokyo Olympics.

Olympic gold medal-winning event rider Laura Collett will appear on the BBC’s Question of Sport on Friday, 24 September. Laura admitted she was not brilliant at answering the questions on the iconic quiz programme, in an interview recorded at a preview day for Blenheim Horse Trials. “Which was a more terrifying experience, riding around the […]