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Posted: 08/05/17


The 2017/18 series of twenty-seven Petplan Equine Area Festivals, eight Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals and the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships at Hartpury College, in Gloucestershire in April 2018 will expand the potential number of competitor places from 9,600 to over 27,000 in 2017/18 making it the most participated in British Dressage series ever.

The new look Petplan Equine Area Festivals will begin at Wellington Riding in Hampshire and Rockrose Equestrian Centre in East Lothian, Scotland this weekend.

The Area Festivals take place from Aberdeenshire to the Channel Islands and celebrate dressage at all levels from Preliminary to Intermediate II. There is also a new under-18 section in response to British Dressage members asking for an age limited competition for young riders.

“We can’t wait for the Petplan Equine Area Festival season to get started,” commented Kate Hopkins, Marketing Executive at Petplan Equine. “The Area Festivals have always been a great success and provide grassroots horse and rider combinations with the perfect start to affiliated competition. Open to all riders who want to experience the thrill of competing in championship-style conditions, the Petplan Equine Area Festivals have a relaxed, friendly and encouraging atmosphere. The new style Area Festivals will allow even more competitors to get involved and be part of a very special competition.”

Petplan Equine Area Festivals – 2017

WellingtonHampshire11 - 14 May
RockroseEast Lothian13 - 14 May
Arena UKLincolnshire20 - 21 May
KingswoodWest Mids2 - 4 June
MoretonDorset3 - 4 June
PacheshamSurrey10 - 12 June
Codham ParkEssex17 - 18 June
Alnwick fordNorthumberland17 - 18 June
TushinghamCheshire24 - 25 June
MuirmillAyrshire24 - 25 June
Allens HillWorcestershire30 June - 2 July
Brook FarmEssex30 June - 2 July
AintreeMerseyside5 - 9 July
Crofton ManorHampshire7 - 9 July
The CabinAberdeenshire1 - 2 July
SheepgateLincolnshire7 - 9 July
Mount BallanMonmouthshire14 - 16 July
Moreton MorrellWarwickshire20 - 22 July
MyerscoughLancashire27 - 30 July
Chester HallKent12 - 14 Aug
DuchyCornwall11 - 13 Aug
BeaconsCarmarthenshire12 - 13 Aug
KeysoeBedfordshire19 - 21 Aug
NorthallertonNorth Yorkshire18 - 20 Aug
SparsholtHampshire25 - 27 Aug
HartpuryGloucestershire27 - 28 Aug
JerseyJersey2 - 3 Sept

Finished in the top ten of your Area Festival section at Prelim to Advanced Medium or the top five at PSG to Inter II? You've qualified for an Area Festival Final!

FieldhouseStaffordshire22 - 24 Sept
OldencraigSurrey23 - 24 Sept
Houghton HallCambs23 - 24 Sept
WidmerBuckinghamshire27 Sept - 1 Oct
Manor GrangeWest Yorkshire7 - 8 Oct
MorrisRenfrewshire14 - 15 Oct
Bicton ArenaDevon21 - 22 Oct
PencoedGlamorgan28 - 30 Oct

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