Area Festivals

Heading to an Area Festival? Find out the commonly asked questions below.

Do Area Festivals run twice a year now?

Yes - there's now the chance to take part in Petplan Area Festivals biannually! The summer season runs 1 January to 30 June which qualifies for a championship in October while the winter season runs 1 July to 31 December with a championship the following April. Find out more on the Area Festival page. 

Can I use class ticket or HC sheets for Area Festivals?

No, sadly you can't. Sheets can only be used from Bronze and Silver sections when competing as full members on fully registered horses. In Prelim Bronze, sheets can be earned by club members on a club horse, but you'll both need full membership to go to an Area Festival.

What do I need to qualify?

Area Festival qualification follows a percentage based method, to achieve your required number of scores within the designated qualification periods detailed below. Scores can be gained at regular BD shows at your local venues. Take a look at the table below to choose your level and find out how many scores you need to take part. For multiple Area Festival qualifications a combination requires a further set of three or two scores depending on the level.

Level Qualification
Prelim to Advanced Medium Three scores at 63% or above (scores to be from one section)
Prix St Georges and Inter I Two scores at 60% or above (scores to be from one section)


Relevant for Summer qualifications only.

Level Qualification
Prelim to Advanced Medium Two scores at 63% or above (scores to be from one section
Prix St Georges and Inter I Two scores at 60% or above (scores to be from one section)

When do I need to get my scores for an Area Festival?

Qualification for Summer Area Festivals starts on 1 January until 30 June so you need to have your scores before then. The winter qualification period is 1 July to 31 December.

Will I receive a qualification notice?

Yes - you'll receive a qualification via email when the result which gains you the qualification is entered on the system. Please make sure we have an up to date email address for the rider or you may not get your notification (and check your junk folders too).  

I don't have/didn't receive my qualification notice - what can I do?

Check your junk/trash folder in your emails as they have a habit of ending up in there.

Can I ride at more than one Area Festival?

You can ride in up to two Area Festivals each season.

I've qualified - what happens if I upgrade?

Once you've qualified, even if you subsequently upgrade you may compete.

Do I need to be registered to compete in Area Festivals?

At Prelim Bronze level, you and your horse can qualify with Club membership but you must become a full member (and fully registered horse) to take part in the Area Festival. At novice or higher, the combination must be fully registered to do the Area Festival.

I've bought a horse which has qualified for an Area Festival - can I take part?

Sadly not, the qualification is for horse and rider combination only. If there's time, you can get out and qualify before the closing date of your chosen Area Festival. 

Can I compete in Area Festivals and Regionals?

You can't do an Area Festival and Regional (including music) at the same level and section in the same season. Your Area Festival must be at a higher level if you wish to do both.