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Posted: 23/11/11

Local Riders Qualify for Petplan Area Festival at Vale View

Ten amateur dressage riders competing at novice through to Prix St George have qualified for next year's prestigious Petplan Equine Area festivals Championships after a great performance in the Petplan Equine Area Festival that took place at Vale View Equestrian, Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, 29th to 30th October, 2011.

The following horse and rider combinations won their respective classes with each posting scores high enough to earn them the chance to compete in the Championships, which takes place at Hartpury Arena in Gloucestershire in April next year.

Level Percentage Horse and Rider Town Country
Preliminary 68.18% Laura Humphrey (28) riding her own 6 year old, 16.2hh bay gelding, Jivetime Rules of Engagement Lichfield Staffordshire
Preliminary 67.50% Beverley Alger (32) riding Wumatin Burton on Trent Staffordshire
Novice Restricted 69.23% Kimberley Goodall (23) riding her own 8 year old, 16.2hh bay gelding, Master Dee Ashbourne Derbyshire
Novice Restricted 71.35% Jenny Briddon riding Black MacGregor, a 7 year old 16.2hh brown gelding, owned by Mrs S Carson Alfreton Derbyshire
Novice Open 70.96% Shelley Reeve-Smith riding her own 6 year old, 16hh bay gelding, Lord Nevis Ware Herefordshire
Elementary Restricted 66.62% Lorraine Sattin (59) riding her own 6 year old, 16.1hh liver chestnut gelding, Roario Royale Chipperfield Hertfordshire
Elementary Restricted 65.44% Louise Jenkinson-Dix (23) riding her own 11 year old, 16.2hh bay gelding, Cadifor Harry Uttoxeter Staffordshire
Elementary Open 66.91% Rose Hugh Smith (12) riding her own 14 year old, 14.1hh liver chestnut gelding, Campari W Henley on Thames Oxfordshire
Medium Restricted 66.21% Zoe Olivia Gullet (28) riding her own 9 year old, 16.2hh dark brown stallion, Challon Z High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
Medium Open 65.45% Sue Staines (64) riding Comte D'orsini, an 11year old 16.1hh black gelding, owned by Mrs M Holmes Peatling Magna Leicestershire
Advanced Medium Restricted 68.97% Elenor Dimant (38) riding her own 9 year old, 16.1hh bay gelding, Mr Kobayashi Ayot St Lawrence Hertfordshire
Advanced Medium Open 67.21% Tahley Reeve Smith (43) riding Rio Star, an 11 year old 16.3hh black gelding, owned by Ms E Dimant Ware Hertfordshire
Prix St Georges 65.00% Paula Cooke (42) riding Rosenthald, a 13 year old 16hh bay gelding, owned by Miss A C Parker Middleton Cheney Banbury

Advanced Medium Retricted Winner Lea Gray

The Petplan Equine Area festivals, or 'The Petplans' as they have become known, is a series of 15 dressage competitions that runs from August to October. Held at top dressage venues across the UK these events give riders the chance to compete in top class arenas and experience true championship conditions.

Isabella Von Mesterhazy, Petplan Equine's Head of Marketing said: "This is the 12th year in which Petplan Equine has been sponsoring this competition and over the years we have seen the standard improve significantly. It is vital in any sport to support the grass roots and never is this more important than in the UK's fastest growing equestrian discipline, dressage. Our aim with the Area festivals is to give riders the chance to compete on the 'big stage' and I would like to wish all those who have qualified here at Vale View the very best of luck in the Petplan Equine Area festivals Championship next April."

Further information about the Area festivals is available from the Petplan Equine website at www.petplanequine.co.uk/events.

Photo Caption: Novice Restricted winner Jenny Briddon, riding Black MacGregor

Source: Photograph with kind permission of Mark in Time Photography, www.markintimephotography.co.uk

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