Petplan Equine, the UK’s specialist equine insurance provider, and British Dressage are pleased to announce its continued support for the hugely popular Petplan Equine Area Festivals series now entering its 16th year.
Among UK equestrian sport’s longest running sponsorships, The Petplan Equine Area Festivals are constantly evolving to ensure they remain the country’s foremost competition series for amateur dressage riders and this year, has seen two exciting new developments; the introduction of an Intermediate 1 class and that of a Senior Horse Award at the Area Festival Championships.
The qualifiers, which run from August to November (visit www.petplanequine.co.uk/events/dressage) culminate in a final held alongside the British Dressage Winter Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire the following April. Held at 19 venues throughout the UK from Frys in East Yorkshire on the 9th and 10th August to Lincolnshire’s Arena UK on 8th and 9th November The Petplan Equine Area Festivals attract around 2,800 amateur dressage riders providing them with a rare opportunity to compete in top class arenas and experience true championship conditions.
Participation, in a Petplan Equine Area Festival is open to any horse and rider combination that has achieved a minimum of three scores of 62% or above for Preliminary to Elementary level or two scores of 60% or above for Medium to Intermediate I at any affiliated competition since 1st January 2014.
The 2015 series which kicks off with Frys Equestrian Centre from 9th-10th August will see horse and rider combinations aiming to qualify for one of eleven Petplan Equine Area Festival Championship titles ranging from Petplan Equine Area Festival Preliminary Champion to the Petplan Equine Area Festival Intermediare 1 Champion. There is an open and restricted class at each level except Prelim, Prix St Georges and Inter 1.
The competition is also open to non-members of British Dressage, who may qualify for the Area Festivals on class tickets. However, once the scores have been obtained the rider must become a full member of British Dressage in order to take part in an Area Festival itself. Also all horses must be registered before entering the Area Festival.
Charlotte Collyer, Senior Marketing Executive for Petplan Equine said: “Once again it is with a sense of pride that we find ourselves supporting this fantastic competition for a 16th year. I am delighted to see that last year more than 500 horse and rider combinations qualified for the finals. This along with the introduction of the Inter 1 class testifies to just how popular dressage is becoming as a sport and how the Area Festivals themselves are going from strength to strength.”
Maggie Jackman, British Dressage Sponsorship Manager, commented; “The Petplan Equine Area Festivals literally give thousands of riders the chance to participate in a really special competition series held at first class competition venues through which they gain invaluable experience. The series is among the most popular competitions on the British Dressage calendar. For many, competing in the Championship will be the pinnacle of their careers but for some it may be an important step on the road to even greater success.”
The dates of the 2015 Area Festivals are as follows:
PETPLAN EQUINE AREA FESTIVALS 2015
Venue: County: Date:
Frys East Yorkshire 9 – 10 August
Burrows Court Gloucestershire 15 – 18 August
Kingston Maurward Dorset 23 – 24 August
Pachesham Surrey 22 – 25 August
Rowallan (1/2) Renfrew 29 - 31 August
Wellington Hampshire 2- 5 September
Northallerton Equestrian Centre North Yorkshire 5 - 7 September
Ceredigion Celaeron (1/2) 5 – 7 September
Field House Staffordshire 12 – 14 September
Jersey (1/2) Jersey 13 - 14 September
Patchetts Hertfordshire 13 – 15 September
Warren Farm Merseyside 26 - 28 September
Houghton Hall Cambridgeshire 26 - 28 September
Kings Equestrian Centre Hereford 10 – 12 October
Fountain (1/2) Aberdeen 18 – 19 October
Brook farm Essex 24 - 26 October
Duchy Cornwall 24 – 26 October
Moreton Morrell Warwickshire 31 October – 2 November
Arena UK Lincolnshire 8 - 9 November
Further information on how to enter for the Area Festivals is available from the Petplan Equine website at http://www.petplanequine.co.uk/events/events-list.asp#area-festivals
To enter an Area Festival or to purchase ‘Class Tickets’ contact British Dressage on 024 766 98830 or visit www.britishdressage.co.uk