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Posted: 20/04/17

SOUTH WALES DRESSAGE RIDER
PETPLAN EQUINE AREA FESTIVALS CHAMPION

Vikki Pengilly from Sarn in Bridgend has won the Petplan Equine Advanced Medium Silver Championship at the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships on Zion E. After qualification in Autumn 2016 the pair spent the winter preparing for this prestigious event held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire from 12 - 16 April 2017.

Zion E is a 16.3hh, bay 13 year-old gelding, sired by Jazz and owned and ridden by Vikki Pengilly. They left long time leaders of the class in second place with a score of 69.02% just 0.27 of a percentage point ahead of them.

“He won his Petplan Equine Area Festival in Autumn last year, then started 2017 with a win in his Regional Advanced medium Freestyle and now he’s won this – we’re very happy to say the least!” exclaimed an ecstatic Vikki. “The test today actually felt a little hit-and-miss at times; there were a few not perfect moments but when we watched the video back and looked at the judge’s comments, he was lovely.”

Petplan Equine, one of the UK’s specialist horse insurance providers, has sponsored the Area Festivals for 18 years and is looking to the future with an even bigger competition for 2017/18. 27 Area Festivals will take place from which qualification for eight Area Festival Finals can be achieved. The top horse and rider combinations from the Finals will then go on to compete in the Area Festival Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire in April 2018. In addition there will be a dedicated competition for under-18 riders.

“Working with British Dressage to develop the new look Petplan Equine Area Festivals for 2017/18 has been very exciting,” commented Kate Hopkins, Marketing Executive at Petplan Equine. “The Area Festivals have been a huge success and we want as many riders as possible to experience the thrill of competing in championship-style conditions, so we are encouraging all grassroots riders to aim for the stars! We would especially like to congratulate Vikki and Zion E on their fantastic win and wish her the very best of luck for the future.”

British Dressage’s Chief Executive Jason Brautigam said: “I am so impressed with the level of participation in the Petplan Equine Area Festivals series. This amounts to an astounding almost 50% of all British Dressage members qualifying to take part in the series, which is something to be applauded. Next season will herald a new chapter for this dressage favourite .The new format is the result of a great deal of planning and member consultation to arrive at a series within reach for so many more riders.”

Further information about the Petplan Equine Area Festivals and how to qualify for next year’s finals is available from the Petplan Equine website at: www.petplanequine.co.uk/area-festivals/

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