A competition for all - The Petplan Equine Area Festivals


Are you a dressage enthusiast looking to take the next step?

The Petplan Equine Area Festivals could be the perfect opportunity for you!

The Petplan Equine Area Festivals are the most participated in British Dressage series with more than 4,000 horse and rider combinations taking part.

The Area Festivals give amateur riders from Prelim to Inter II the opportunity to experience the thrill of taking part in a prestigious championship competition.

High profile, yet relaxed and friendly; they are the perfect introduction to the thrill of competing at championship level.

In the series there's the opportunity to compete at 24 Petplan Equine Area Festivals and eight Petplan Equine Festival Finals across the regions. 

The top competitors from the Finals can then qualify for the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships which run at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury College, in Gloucestershire in April 2019.

Want to know more?

Dressage rider and trainer Charlie Hutton gives you hints and tips to help you improve your test riding

Dressage rider and trainer Charlie Hutton gives you hints and tips to help you improve your test riding

Then, take a look at the ultimate guide to the Area Festivals. Here you'll find all you need to know about this British Dressage series - including the beginners guide to the Area Festivals. This explains how you can qualify for the Area Festivals and answers all your burning questions about competing in an affiliated British Dressage series.

There's also top tips from International dressage rider and trainer Charlie Hutton. He offers practical and valuable help and advice to help you perfect your schooling and maximise your marks for your next test.

You will also find plenty of clear, easy to understand information on insuring your horse.  Whatever level you ride at, you can find out what your insurance covers and the benefits of insuring with Petplan Equine.




Still need more convincing?

Even if you've never thought about competing in a British Dressage event you're sure to be inspired by competitors in the video below sharing their stories. 

A word from the sponsor – Petplan Equine

Petplan Equine is one of the UK’s leading providers of horse insurance and has supported the Area Festivals for almost 20 years.

“We see the Petplan Equine Area Festivals as an opportunity for greassroots riders to showcase the immense talent out ther,” said Kate Hopkins from Petplan Equine. “We are so proud to sponsore a series that has become so important to amateur and aspiring dressage riders around the country.”

Alice Collins riding Belcanto Des Anges   Pic credit Kevin Sparrow

Alice Collins riding Belcanto Des Anges

Pic credit Kevin Sparrow

From the competitors

“I’m looking forward to having the chance to compete alongside some great riders, who have no doubt all worked hard to get to this level. Hopefully we can inspire others with their own hairy cob or unusual dressage horse to grasp this opportunity and get out ther and compete!” Competitor, Area Festival Championships 2018

“The Petplan Equine Area Festivals have given us a great opportunity to compete at various venues allowing us to gain confidence and big competition experience.” Competitor, Area Festival Championships 2018


And finally from British Dressage

"The Petplan Equine Area Festivals is our longest standing competition and continues to go from strength to strength," says Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive at British Dressage.  "The positive feedback we receive every year from participants is overwhelming.  Our members have certainly taken this championship to heart and support it in great numbers.  It is a very valuable series which encourages people to get involved and see what they can achieve with a little focus and dedication.” 

For more information www.yourhorse.co.uk/areafestivals