Petplan Equine Area Festivals

The Petplan Equine Area Festivals are the perfect target for BD riders looking to have a taste of the big time at a championship-feel event!

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The series, which was launched in 2000 and is aimed at grassroots riders, has grown from 15 Area Festivals around the country with 555 tests completed in its’ first year to over 6,300 dressage tests ridden in the 2018/19 series.

Split into two seasons, summer and winter, the Petplan Equine Area Festivals offer a year round competition pathway with riders qualifying and competing at one of the regional Area Festivals, before going on to the Area Festival Championships taking place in April and September each year.

Key facts

  Winter 2021 Summer 2021
Qualification period 1 July - 31 December 2020 1 January - 30 June 2021
Levels Prelim to Inter I Prelim to Inter I (including Freestyle to Music)
Sections Bronze and Silver Bronze and Silver
Area Festivals Mid January - mid February July - end of August
Championships Held at NAF Five Star Winter Championships in April Arena UK in September
Dressage tests Prelim 19, Novice 23, Elementary 53, Medium 73, Advanced Medium 91 and Inter I 2009  Prelim 19, Novice 23, Elementary 53, Medium 73, Advanced Medium 91 and Inter I 2009 


Area Festival qualification follows the same points based method as other major BD championships, including the summer and winter regionals. Achieve your required number of points within the designated qualification periods detailed below. Points 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 points you need to take part.

Level Bronze Silver
Prelim 7 9
Novice 7 9
Elementary 7 9
Medium 4 6
Advanced Medium 4 6
PSG 2 4
Inter I 2 4

At least one of the points in the total above should be gained in a qualifying section - marked with a 'Q' on the show schedule.

How points are scored

Percentage scored Points awarded
60.00 - 61.99% 1
62.00 - 63.99% 2
64.00 - 65.99% 3
66.00 - 67.99% 4
68.00 - 69.99% 5
70.00 - 71.99% 6
72.00 - 73.99% 7
74.00 - 75.99% 8
76.00 - 77.99% 9
78.00 - 79.99% 10
80.00% and above 11

Area Festival Summer Music

All you need to qualify is two scores over 63% for Prelim to Advanced Medium and two at 60% or over for PSG and Inter I - why not find a fixture near you and give it a go from 1 January 2021! New to music classes? We can help with what's required to get your music and floorplan together. 

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Winter 2021 Area Festivals

Get ready for the 2021 Petplan Equine Winter Area Festivals - qualification ends 31 December 2020!

Venue County Date
Solihull Equestrian Centre West Midlands 16 - 17 January
The Cabin Equestrian Riding Club Aberdeenshire 16 - 17 January
Vale View Equestrian Leicestershire 23 - 24 January
Northallerton EC North Yorkshire 28 - 31 January
Keysoe Bedfordshire 29 - 31 January
Prestige Equestrian Gloucestershire 04 - 06 February
Aintree International Merseyside 04 - 07 February
Parwood Equestrian Centre Surrey 04 - 07 February
Morris Equestrian Centre East Ayrshire 10 - 14 February
Kingston Maurward College Dorset 13 - 15 February
Speedgate Kent 18 - 21 February

Need to know: 

  • The Winter Area Festival qualification period runs from 1 July to 31 December 2020 with Area Festivals taking place in January and February 2021
  • Combinations can ride in as many Area Festivals they qualify for unless they achieve qualification for the Championships.
  • Full and part qualifications earned during the summer qualification period, from 1 December 2019 until the suspension of competition activity on 19 March, will be carried forward for winter season qualifications in the corresponding class/section. You don’t need to take any action, this will happen automatically for any straight classes.
  • From the Area Festivals, combinations will need to finish in the top two of their class to qualify for the Area Festival Championships. Any unfilled places will be awarded by the wild card system.
  • Qualification for the Music Area Festival classes classes will be two scores of 63% or above for Prelim to Advanced Medium and two scores of 60% or above at PSG and Intermediate I. To reach the Championship, combinations will need to place within the top two and wildcards will be awarded as necessary

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 a full member to take part. Don't forget, if you own a horse taking part in the Petplan Equine Area Festivals, you'll need to be a Full or Premier Club member too. 

For Prelim Silver and Novice level and above both you and your horse need to be fully registered to gain your scores.