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12.02.12 - Petplan Equine Area Festival Champions to be crowned at Hartpury

Over 400 horse and rider combinations have qualified for this year's Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships, which take place at Gloucestershire's Hartpury College from 18th – 22nd April, 2012 during the British Dressage Winter Championships.

This is the 12th running of 'The Petplans' as they have become known and around 3,000 horse and rider combinations took part in the Petplan Equine Area festivals around the UK last autumn. The competition is designed to provide amateur dressage riders with the chance to compete under championships conditions in top class arenas.

There are 10 Finals from Preliminary level through to Prix St Georges and the winner of each will earn the coveted title of Petplan Equine Area festivals Champion 2012.

Riders competing in the Championships will also have the opportunity to scoop the special Petplan Equine High Achiever Award designed to give special recognition to the rider who achieves the highest overall percentage score. The winner will win a five day intensive training course at AM Dressage with leading trainers Adam Kemp FBHS and Matt Frost.

Isabella Von Mesterhazy, Head of Marketing for Petplan Equine, said: "The Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships always proves to be very competitive and it is exciting to see riders of all ages enjoying the experience of competing in a championship atmosphere. We are looking forward to another great competition at Hartpury in April and perhaps discovering some stars of the future."

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  • Petplan Equine was founded in 1988.
  • It is part of Allianz Animal Health, the largest provider of animal health insurance in the world and part of Allianz – one of the largest general insurers in the UK.
  • In addition to horse and pony insurance options, Petplan Equine provides dedicated products for veteran horses and rider only insurance cover.
  • It is the sister brand of Petplan, the largest provider of small animal insurance in the UK.
  • Petplan Equine believes in supporting the equine community and provides more financial support to equestrian sports and activities than any equine insurance provider in the UK.
  • The Pet Plan Charitable Trust was founded in 1994 to raise much needed funds for animal welfare and veterinary projects. Money is raised by Petplan and Petplan Equine customers giving an optional £1.50 to the Trust when they take out or renew their policy. To date, almost £5 million has been awarded by the Trust.
  • Petplan and Petplan Equine are specialist insurers. As such, the company employs more horse riders and owners than any other and more former veterinary practice staff than any other to ensure the provision of specialist knowledge.
  • Petplan Equine is the only insurer to offer illness and accident cover for older horses, up to the age of 25 as long as the policy is taken before your horse reaches the age of 20.

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