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Posted: 28/10/11

Local Riders qualify for Petplan Equine area festivals championship

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 Sheepgate Equestrian, Leverton in Lincolnshire, 30th September to 2nd 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 68.41% Kitty Hamilton (31) riding her own 6 year old, 17hh bay gelding, The Explorer Alford Lincolnshire
Novice Restricted 70.96% Kelly Simpson (34) riding her own 8 year old, 16.2hh brown gelding, Watch Me! March Cambridgeshire
Novice Open 69.42% Sean Burgess (40) riding Arabella II, a 6 year old 16.1hh bright bay mare, owned by Mr M Ruddock & rider South Godstone Surrey
Elementary Restricted 67.35% Rachel Gillard (32) riding Almost A Rainbow, a 10 year old 15hh bay gelding, owned by Mrs S Robertson Witham St Hughs Lincoln
Elementary Open 67.79% Tammy Ruffles (29) riding her own 9 year old, 16.2hh skewbald gelding, CrackerIII Woodbridge Suffolk
Medium Restricted 70.00% Teresa Swift (45) riding her own 22 year old, 16.2hh bay gelding, Proud Ginger Felbrigg Norfolk
Medium Open 67.58% Louise Clark (37) riding her own 10 year old, 16.2hh chestnut gelding, Feiner Pino Sawbridgeworth Hertfordshire
Advanced Medium Restricted 64.12% Jacquie Mutch (42) riding her own 9 year old, 15.3hh black gelding, Vigo Chelmsford Essex
Advanced Medium Open 63.53% Kathryn Brace (57) riding her own 8 yearold, 16hh chestnut gelding, GDH Firecracker Much Hadham Hertfordshire
Prix St Georges 66.45% Alison Woulds (41) riding her own 19 year old, 16.3hh brown gelding, Kornuit Bourne Lincolnshire

Prix-St-George Winner Alison Woulds

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 Sheepgate 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

Photo Caption: Prix St Georges winner Alison Woulds (41) riding her own 19 year old gelding, Kornuit

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