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Posted: 03/10/11

Local Riders qualify for Petplan Equine area festivals championship at Gordon Dressage in Aberdeenshire

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 Gordon Dressage, Fountain Equestrian in Aberdeenshire, 1st 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 68.64% Sarah Cooper (41) riding her own 6 year old, 16.2hh bay gelding, Afrika Ellon Aberdeenshire
Novice Restricted 69.23% Zoe Archer (36) riding her own 8 year old, 17hh chestnut mare, Witkop Auchenblae Aberdeenshire
Novice Open 68.08% Annabel Sall (31) riding her own 6 year old, 17hh grey gelding, Nordic Diamond Dan Aberdeen Aberdeenshire
Elementary Restricted 67.65% Kyla McLeod (32 riding her own 8 year old, 16hh bay gelding, Wervelwind B Witham St Hughs Aberdeenshire
Elementary Open 64.71% Alice Pullem (47) riding her own 5 year old, 16.2hh skewbald gelding, Gods Gift Rothienorman Aberdeenshire
Medium Restricted 63.94% Megan Kilmurry (16) riding her own 20 year old, 16.1hh bay mare, By Chance Inverurie Aberdeenshire
Advanced Medium Restricted 63.53% Lea Gray (42) riding her own 11 year old, 16.2hh skewbald gelding, Tiger Feet II Westhill Aberdeenshire
Advanced Medium Open 59.12% Victoria Gladwyn (33) riding her own 14 year old, 16.2hh steel grey gelding, Granite III Ellon Aberdeenshire
Prix St Georges 60.79% Dorren Duffin (44) riding her own 15 year old, 15.3hh chestnut mare, Linka S Ellon Aberdeenshire

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 Gordon Dressage 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: Advanced Medium Open winner Louise Clark (37) riding her own horse Feiner Pino

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