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Posted: 20/04/17


Rachel Clark from Grandborough, Buckinghamshire has won the Petplan Equine Prix St Georges Silver Championship at the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships on Wilhemina II. 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.

Wilhemina II is a 16.1hh, 13 year-old mare sired by Weltissimo owned by Carolyn Alston and Rachel Clark and ridden by Rachel Clark. The partnership clearly impressed the judges achieving a combination winning score of 70.18%, the only score to break the barrier.

This was the second time Grandborough-based rider Rachel Clark has won this Championship, previously claiming the title three years ago with Urionetta. Rachel said, “It’s all a bit of a blur – just amazing! She felt confident, her canter work wasn’t the best it could be but she was super. This is my favourite show of the year; I love it here so a second title is fantastic!” Talking about the mare whom she clearly adores Rachel commented, “She works well – she’s just that sort of horse. I let her think she’s in charge and sometimes I feel she lets me think I’m in charge! She certainly trusts me a lot!” Rachel is hoping to sport the Union flag later this year if selected for her first international which she is hoping for at Compiegne in France or Hickstead.

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 Rachel and Wilhemina II 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:


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