Petplan 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!

Andrea Sparkles & Kazan

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 7,524 starters during the 2022 season – the biggest British Dressage affiliated series in the UK. This season also marks the 25th year of Petplan Equine's partnership with British Dressage in bringing you the Petplan Equine Area Festivals. 

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

Petplan Equine Area Festivals Hub

Whether you're a seasoned Petplan Equine Area Festivals competitor, or you're considering trying the Area Festivals for the first time, our Petplan Equine Area Festivals Hub has everything you need to help you along your journey.


Key facts

  Winter 2024 Summer 2024
Qualification period 1 July - 31 December 2023 1 January - 30 June 2024
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 Addington, 10 - 14 April Arena UK, 2 – 6 October
Championship Dressage tests Prelim 19, Novice 23, Elementary 53, Medium 73, Advanced Medium 91, FEI PSG 2009 and FEI Inter I 2009  Prelim 19, Novice 23, Elementary 53, Medium 73, Advanced Medium 91, FEI PSG 2009 and FEI Inter I 2009, current freestyle tests.

Winter Area Festival Qualification

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.

Winter Area Festival scores

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)

Key rules: 

  • Combinations may only compete at a maximum of two Area Festivals per season for each level and section unless they achieve qualification for the Championships.
  • A combination may not compete at the same level (including music) in both an Area Festival and Regional in the same season. The Area Festival level must be higher than the Regional if competing in both in the same season. 
  • Combinations who score 68% (70% Music) at Regionals, may not compete in an Area Festival at the same level or below in the current and future years e.g. a combination scoring 68% at Novice Silver may not ride in an Area Festival at Novice level or below again.
  • Combinations who score 68% or higher (70% Music) at the Area Festival Championships, may not compete in an Area Festival at the same level and section or below in the current and future years.

Take a look at all of the rules for the Area Festivals in our 2023 Members' Handbook.


Winter Area Festivals

Venue County Date
Addington Equestrian Buckinghamshire 12 – 14 January
Prestige Equestrian Gloucestershire 19 – 22 January
Highfield at Howe Equestrian Fife 20 – 21 January
Parwood Equestrian Centre Surrey 25 – 28 January
Bishop Burton College East Riding of Yorkshire 26 – 28 January
Aintree International Equestrian Centre Merseyside 31 January – 4 February
Solihull Equestrian Centre West Midlands 6 – 10 February
Forest Edge Arena Norfolk 9 – 11 February
Beacons Equestrian Carmarthenshire 16 – 18 February
Alnwick Ford Equestrian Northumberland 17 – 20 February
Moreton Equestrian Centre Dorset 23 – 25 February

Remember to fill in the rider biography form here and send it directly to the venue.

Qualifying for the Winter Area Festival Championships 2024

Combinations who place in the top two (unless a class is split and then the winners only qualify) will earn a coveted spot (providing the minimum score of 63% is achieved) at the Petplan Equine Winter Area Festival Championships held at Addington Equestrian.

Summer Area Festival Freestyle

Want to take part in dressage to music in the summer? From Prelim to Inter I, you can qualify for the Petplan  Summer Area Festival Championships by taking part in regular day to day BD competitions at your local venues. Find out more on how to get your dancing shoes on below.



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 must upgrade to become a Full member to take part. Don't forget, if you own a horse taking part in the Petplan Area Festivals, you'll need to be a Full (competing) or Full (non-competing) member too. 

For Prelim Silver and Novice level and above both you and your horse need to be a Full (competing) member and have a Full horse registration to gain your scores.