A very special past winner of the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is returning to lead the Parade of Champions at the 25th anniversary of the event next month.
Toytown, who won the European eventing championship title at Blenheim in 2005, will lead the parade with rider Zara Phillips.
The big chestnut is a worthy leader for the Parade of Champions – he also carried Zara to triumph in the World Equestrian Games the year following their European Championship win.
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials run from September 17 to 20, and the Parade of Champions and former winners of the event is on the afternoon of Sunday, September 20.
Mandy Hervieu, Event Director of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, said: “We are delighted to have Toytown and Zara at Blenheim this year. Toytown is one of the most famous, best-loved event horses of all time and we hope that spectators will enjoy the chance to see him once more.”Toytown, now 22, lives in happy retirement at Zara's Gloucestershire home.
Zara, who is hoping to be part of Britain’s team at the Rio Olympics in 2016, is also competing a new horse in Blenheim’s prestigious CIC3* class for eight-and-nine-year-old horses, she will be riding Watkins, a nine-year-old thoroughbred gelding, who started his career in New Zealand and joined her team this year. The pair finished eighth in their first CCI2* at Camphire in Ireland recently; this will be their first attempt at three-star level.
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