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Area Festivals


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. Area Festivals have a new format for 2017! 27 first round Area Festivals will be held all over the UK from May to September 2017 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 2017, from Prelim to Inter II level.

Read our handy How to qualify guide for the full lowdown.  Update issued 15 May - read here.


You can qualify from 1 October 2016 up until the closing date of the First Round Petplan Equine Area Festival you want to enter.


New for 2017 - Prelim to Medium levels will now feature a special section for Under 18 riders (up until the end of the year of their 18th birthday). To qualify for an Under 18 section scores may be gained in the Bronze or Silver section or a combination of both. 


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.

What scores are required to qualify for an Area Festival?

Level/Section Scores required Offshore Islands
Preliminary to Elementary Three affiliated scores at 62% and above  Two scores at 62%
Medium to Inter II Two affiliated scores at 60% and above  One score at 60%

For Silver sections from Prelim to Advanced Medium one score needs to be from a qualifying test. 

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 2017 first round dates:  The links take you directly to online entries for the shows.

Wellington Hampshire 11- 14 May
Rockrose East Lothian 13-14 May
Arena UK Lincolnshire 20-21 May 
Kingswood West Mids 2 - 4 June
Moreton Dorset 3-4 June
Pachesham email entry only Surrey 10-12 June
Codham Park Essex 17-18 June
Alnwick Ford Northumberland 17-18 June
Tushingham Cheshire 24 - 25 June
Muirmill Ayrshire 24-25 June
Allens Hill Worcestershire 30 June - 2 July
Brook Farm Essex 30 June - 2 July
Aintree Merseyside 5 - 9 July
Crofton Manor Hampshire 7-9 July
The Cabin Aberdeenshire 1-2 July
Sheepgate Lincolnshire 7-9 July 
Mount Ballan Monmouthshire 14-16 July 
Moreton Morrell Warwickshire 20-22 July
Myerscough Lancashire 27 - 30 July
Duchy Cornwall 11-13 Aug 
Chester Hall Kent 12-14 Aug
Beacons Carmarthenshire 12-13 Aug
Keysoe Bedfordshire 19-21 Aug
Day one
Day two
Day three
North Yorkshire 18-20 Aug
Sparsholt Hampshire 25-27 Aug
Hartpury Gloucestershire 27-28 Aug
Jersey Jersey 2 - 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 may have qualified for an Area Festival Final provided that you achieved the qualifying percentage of 62% for Prelim to Elementary or 60% for Medium to Inter II.

Fieldhouse Staffordshire 22-24 Sept
Oldencraig Surrey 23-24 Sept 
Codham Park Essex 22-23 Sept
Widmer Buckinghamshire 27 Sept - 1 Oct
Manor Grange West Yorkshire 20 - 22 Oct
Morris Renfrewshire 14-15 Oct
Bicton Arena Devon 21-22 Oct
Pencoed Glamorgan 28-30 Oct

Good luck!

Area Festival Championships

Combinations will qualify from the Area Festival Semi Finals on a proportional basis and will be invited to compete at the Area Festival Championships at Hartpury College, Glos. in 2018. 

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.