Date: June 2017

NEW TITLE SPONSOR FOR BLENHEIM PALACE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS

SsangYong Motor UK has been announced as the title sponsor of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for the next three years.

New SsangYong Rexton 4x4
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David Doel (GBR) & Chap - Dressage - CCI3* - The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
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View of Blenheim Palace across the south lawn
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Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, the event owned by the sport’s governing body, British Eventing, takes place in Oxfordshire from 13-17 September 2017.  With the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, it has one of the most beautiful settings of any sporting event in the country.

“Blenheim is one of the top international horse trials held in the UK, and perfectly complements the SsangYong brand focus on four-wheel drive and SUVs, vehicles particularly suited to those living in the country or who tow a horse box, caravan or trailer,” says Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK Ltd.

“As we prepare to launch our all-new Rexton 4x4 later this year, the timing couldn’t be better; Blenheim will feature prominently in our launch plans,” added Paul.

Mandy Hervieu, Blenheim’s event director, said:  “SsangYong joining us as title sponsor is brilliant news.  We will be increasing the prize-money and enhancing our facilities for competitors, owners and visitors.”

There are three international classes this year at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials: the CCI3*, the prestigious CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses, and the final of the exciting Event Rider Masters series, also held at CIC3* level.

Blenheim also offers grassroots riders the chance to compete alongside their heroes with a wide range of amateur classes and a popular fun ride.

New course-designer David Evans is making exciting changes to the cross-country courses, utilising new areas of the park including the south lawn of Blenheim Palace, with new fences and fresh challenges built into the course.

Visit www.ssangyonggb.co.uk for more information about SsangYong UK.

Full information about the event and tickets are available at www.blenheimhorse.co.uk

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Notes to Editors

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is one of the UK’s leading and largest three-star events and attracts over 60,000 visitors each year, as well as the world’s leading event riders and many keen amateur competitors.  It takes place annually in September (13-17 2017) and is the largest sporting event in Oxfordshire.  Five days of demonstrations, displays and lectures, over 200 trade stands and ancillary competitions and activities support and add further value to one of the world’s leading CCI3*s and the British championship CIC3* for 8/9yo horses.  The event also hosts the final of the Event Rider Masters competition, run at CIC3* level.

Further information is available via www.blenheimhorse.co.uk

SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK.  Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer.  There are currently some 60 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

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