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Posted: 20/04/17

BERKSHIRE DRESSAGE RIDER
PETPLAN EQUINE AREA FESTIVALS CHAMPION

Dylan Deutrom, 19, from Reading in Berkshire has won the Petplan Equine Medium Bronze Championship at the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships on Balance. 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.

Balance is a 16.2hh, 11 year-old gelding sired by Flemmingh, owned by Matt Hicks and ridden by Dylan Deutrom. The partnership clearly impressed the judges earning a score of 70.59% and the Championship title.

After exciting the crowd with an enthusiastic lap of honour Dylan said, “It feels good. It’s a really good feeling to be here. We competed earlier in the week and he was a bit tense, so today I was very pleased with how he relaxed.” Dylan has worked for two and half years as a stable rider at Hicks Equestrian in Hampshire. having the ride on ‘Bolly’ for two years’ of this time and credits a lot of his development as a rider to the gelding; “He’s a really nice horse though he can be quirky. He’s really taught me a lot.”

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 Dylan and Balance 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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