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Posted: 14/09/11

Competition winners have the ride of a lifetime

Petplan Equine customer Hellen McGowy and Caroline Snow enjoyed the ride of a lifetime round Blenheim Park with the World's number one event rider William Fox-Pitt thanks to a competition run by the UK's specialist insurance provider, Petplan Equine.

In the glow of the evening sun on Thursday 8th September at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials Caroline and Hellen were joined by Horse & Hound's Editor, Lucy Higginson and Petplan Equine's Head of Marketing Isabella von Mesterhazy for a 90 minute hack on their own horses led by William through the spectacular surroundings of Blenheim Palace. Of the ride that circumnavigated the park over ancient bridges, through woods, and across open countryside, Caroline commented;

"It was an incredible prize from Petplan Equine and I still can't believe I was lucky enough to win and I now have some incredible memories that will stay with me forever."

William took Lucinda Green's place on the ride due to an earlier injury which prevented her from riding, however Caroline and Hellen had the opportunity to meet the six times Badminton winner when they returned to Blenheim the next day for her highlights course walk with Blenheim sponsor, Petplan Equine. Caroline added, "Meeting William and Lucinda was amazing as they are both so inspirational."

Caroline Snow, Lucy Higginson, Isabella von Mesterhazy, William Fox-Pitt and Hellen McGoeyCompetition winner Caroline Snow, Lucy Higginson Editor at Horse & Hound, Petplan Marketing Manager Isabella von Mesterhazy, Equestrian Champion William Fox-Pitt and Competition winner Hellen McGoey.
Caroline Snow, Lucy Higginson, Isabella von Mesterhazy, William Fox-Pitt and Hellen McGoeyWilliam Fox-Pitt leads the course walk at Blenheim with competition winners.

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  • Petplan Equine was founded in 1988
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