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Posted: 22/09/11

Riders qualify for Petplan Equine area festivals championships at Wellington

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 Wellington Riding, Hook in Hampshire, 5th to 8th September, 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 67.27% Chloe Spencer (30) riding her own 12 year old, 17hh bay gelding, Nightjar Old Windsor Berkshire
Novice Restricted 66.35% Laura Wright (29) riding her own 9 year old, 14.2hh appaloosa gelding, Carbon Copy Wokingham Berkshire
Novice Restricted 68.85% Kerrie Wallace (31) riding her own 14 year old, 16hh bay gelding, Cayman Storm Redhill Surrey
Novice Open 70.58% Kim Moloney (46) riding her own 10 year old, 17.3hh chestnut gelding, Donnergold Grendon Underwood Buckinghamshire
Elementary Restricted 67.06% Laura Holt (26) riding her own 7 year old, 16.2hh chestnut gelding, Credit Crunch Hook Hampshire
Elementary Restricted 67.79% Beverley Brown riding her own 8 year old, 16.1hh bay gelding, DHI Fernando Tonbridge Kent
Elementary Open 67.79% Matilda Stent (17) riding her own 11 year old, 16.1hh bay gelding, Late Night Jazz Winchester Hampshire
Medium Restricted 71.36% Gabrielle Zajacka (47) riding Mundham Demon Dancer, an 8 year old 16.1hh dark bay gelding, owned by Mrs D J Evans Chichester West Sussex
Medium Open 68.94% Olivia Faith (20) riding Watson II, an 10 year old 16.2hh chestnut gelding, owned by Mrs C Faith Salisbury Wiltshire
Advanced Medium Restricted 69.26% Becky Edwards (15) riding her own 13 year old, 16.3hh black gelding, Le Papillon Reading Berkshire
Advanced Medium Open 67.35% Megan Rigg (45) riding her own 9 year old, 16hh bay gelding, Rock D.J Shipston on Stour Warwickshire
Prix St Georges 63.82% Sally Barnes (45) riding Keystone Diaz, a 10 year old 15.1hh grey mare, owned by Mrs J Larner Andover Hampshire

Elementary Restricted winner, Laura Holt (26) riding her own 7year old gelding, Credit Crunch

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 Wellington 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

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