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Posted: 16/07/10

Petplan Equine supports area festivals for 11th year

Petplan Equine, one of the UK’s leading equine insurance providers, is introducing special initiatives this year as it celebrates its 11th year as title sponsor of the British Dressage Area festivals. The company is looking for riders who have competed at previous Petplan Equine Area festivals and have interesting stories to tell - for example: how they manage to train and compete when they have a demanding job and family commitments; unusual circumstances under which they acquired their horse; how they travelled across the UK to qualify for the Area festivals; obstacles they overcame to compete at the Area festivals, or amusing anecdotes.

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 with the Finals held at Hartpury College alongside the British Dressage Winter Championships, which takes place the following April. Held at top dressage venues throughout the UK, the Area festivals, which attract around 3000 participants, give riders the chance to experience true championship conditions and compete in beautifully prepared arenas..

In addition to existing British Dressage members, the competition is open to non-members who may qualify for the Area festivals on ‘Class Tickets’. Any horse and rider combination that has achieved a minimum of two scores of 62% or above for Preliminary to Elementary level or 60% or above for Medium to Prix St Georges at any affiliated competition since 1st January 2010 can take part in one of the 15 Petplan Equine Area festivals that run from August to October this year.

Alison Andrew, Marketing Manager for Petplan said “We are truly proud to be supporting such a fantastic competition for another year. It really is a great opportunity for the amateur horses and riders to showcase their talents in championship conditions.”

The dates of the 2010 Area festivals are as follows:

Venue County Date
Norton Heath Essex 20 – 22 August
Burrows Court Gloucestershire 20 – 22 August
Rowallan Ayrshire 27 – 29 August
Moreton EC Dorset 28 – 30 August
Pachesham Surrey 28 – 30 August
REC North Yorkshire 3 – 5 September
Kingswood Staffordshire 2 – 5 September
Wellington Hampshire 13– 16 September
Willerby Hill East Yorkshire 17– 19 September
Hargate Arena Derbyshire 25 – 26 September
Patchetts Hertfordshire 25 – 26 September
Pencoed Glamorgan 1 – 3 October
Sheepgate Lincolnshire 2 – 3 October
Gordon Dressage Aberdeenshire 2 – 3 October
Myerscough Lancashire 29 – 31 October

Further information on how to enter for the Area festivals is available from the Petplan Equine website at or visit The Tack Room at If you have an interesting story to tell regarding a previous Petplan Equine Area Festival send an email to [email protected].

To enter an Area Festival or to purchase ‘Class Tickets’ contact British Dressage on 024 766 98830 or visit

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Tolu Akisanya 0208 580 8194 [email protected]
Carl Stephens 0208 707 8335 [email protected]

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