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Area Festivals

Now in their 20th year, the Petplan Equine Area Festivals are the perfect target for many BD riders looking to have a taste of the big time at a Championship–feel event. 24 first round Area Festivals will be held all over the UK from May to September 2019 with the top ten combinations from each section going on to one of the eight Area Festival Semi Finals, taking place in September and October 2019, from Prelim to Inter II level.     

Read our handy How to qualify guide for the full lowdown. 

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You can qualify from 1 October up until 14 days before the closing date of the First Round Petplan Equine Area Festival you want to enter.

We've had some teething troubles with the sending of the Area Festival qualification emails - if you're eagerly awaitng yours, you can still enter without it. All the entries are checked and validated before the competitions start so just make your entry as normal.


For the 2019/2020 Petplan Equine Area Festival season Under 21 riders will enter the first rounds in either the Bronze or Silver section depending on their qualification level. There will be a designated section for Under 21 riders at the Area Festival Finals. Under 21 sections are open to riders until the end of their 21st year. 


You can ride in Prelim Bronze sections to get your scores for an Area Festival as a Club member on a Club horse. If you do qualify for a Petplan Equine Area Festival, you and your horse will need to become fully registered with BD to take part.

For Prelim Silver and Novice level and above both you and your horse need to be fully registered to gain your scores. Click here to join/renew online today. 

What scores are required to qualify for an Area Festival?

Level/Section Scores required Offshore
Prelim to Elementary (Bronze) Three affiliated scores at 62% and above  Two scores at 62%
Prelim to Elementary (Silver) Three affiliated scores at 62% and above  - one must be a qualifier  Two scores at 62%
Medium and Advanced Medium (Bronze) Two affiliated scores at 60% and above  One score at 60%
Medium and Advanced Medium (Silver) Two affiliated scores at 60% and above - one must be a qualifier One score at 60%
PSG to Inter II Two affiliated scores at 60% and above One score at 60%

Prelim to Advanced Medium riders go to first round competitions. Competitors riding at Prix St Georges and above DO NOT attend first rounds, all qualified riders qualify in direct for the Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals. 

Once you have your scores, you’ll get an email from BD to say you might be eligible to go to a Petplan Equine Area Festival. You can qualify for and compete in as many Area Festivals as you wish as long as you have enough qualifying sheets.

You can choose any one of our 2019 first round dates: 

Finished in the top ten of your Area Festival section at Prelim to Advanced Medium? You may have qualified for an Area Festival Final provided that you achieved the qualifying percentage of 60%. If a class is split because of number of entries, the top five from each section will qualify.

Please complete your biography form here and return to the Organiser along with your entry 

Venue Date
Wellington Riding, Hampshire 23 - 25 May
Kingswood Equestrian Centre, Staffordshire 31 May - 2 June
Arena UK, Lincolnshire 8 - 9 June
Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Surrey 8 - 10 June
Tushingham Equestrian Centre, Cheshire 15 - 16 June
Moreton EC, Dorset 15 - 16 June
Brook Farm Training Centre, Essex 28 - 30 June
Alnwick Ford Equestrian, Northumberland 29 - 30 June
Aintree International Equestrian Centre, Merseyside 4 - 7 July
Allens Hill Competition & Livery Centre, Worcestershire 4 - 7 July
Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre, Hampshire 5 - 7 July
Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire 18 - 21 July
Myerscough College, Lancashire 25 - 28 July
Rockrose Equestrian Sports Centre, Midlothian 27 - 28 July
Sheepgate Equestrian, Lincolnshire 1 - 2 August
Forest Farm, Guernsey 2 - 4 August
Northallerton Equestrian Centre, North Yorkshire 9 - 11 August
Beacons Equestrian, Carmarthenshire 10 - 11 August
Chester Hall Events, Kent 10 - 12 August
Keysoe, Bedfordshire 16 - 18 August
Duchy College, Cornwall 16 - 18 August
The Cabin Equestrian Riding Club, Inverurie 24 - 25 August
Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucestershire 25 - 26 August
Sparsholt College, Hampshire 30 August - 1 September

Area Festival Finals

Venue Date
Manor Grange, Yorkshire 6 - 8 September
Fieldhouse, Staffordshire 19 - 22 September
Widmer, Buckinghamshire 26 - 29 September
Bicton Arena, Devon 2 - 4 October
Parwood Equestrian Centre, Surrey 4 - 6 October
Codham Park, Essex 4 - 6 October
Morris, Ayrshire 12 - 13 October
Beacons, Carmarthenshire 26 - 29 October 

Combinations will qualify from the Area Festival Finals on a proportional basis and will be invited to compete at the Area Festival Championships at Hartpury College, Glos. in 2020. 

20th Anniversary Area Festival Championships 2019/2020

Date coming soon.

Visit the Area Festival sponsors Petplan Equine for great insurance cover for you horse.  And visit their dedicated Petplan Equine Area Festival web pages for further information.

Horse of the Month

Have you and your horse been busy competing at a Petplan Equine Area Festival? Could your horse be our Horse of the Month?

Head over to our Facebook page to enter, simply tell us why he deserves five minutes of fame and we’ll choose our favourite to win a prize! Click here for T&Cs.