Area Festival riders stories

Competing in Area Festivals is achievable for riders and horses from all backgrounds and experience.

Read and watch some of our inspiring riders' stories as they share with us their own personal journeys to competing in an Area Festival.

A day in the life

We caught up with some riders at Onley Summer Area Festival to see what they love about the Petplan Area Festivals, why they compete in the series and about their journeys so far! See behind the scenes at an Area Festival and what you may expect at your next show. 

Living their Mamma Mia dream

Shelley and Sprout competed in first season at the Petplan Area Festivals and qualified for the Petplan Equine Summer Area Festival Novice Freestyle Bronze Championship. Dancing their way around the arena to a ABBA medley with a massive smile on their faces, it was a delight to watch! Hear all about their story below.

Championship Stories

Ahead of the Petplan Summer Area Festival Championships we caught up with a few riders who had qualified. Hear all about their journey so far, their qualifying tests and the preparations they have been doing in the run up to the big day.

Meet Laura and Borough’s Doorman: Prelim Bronze Freestyle

Meet Koren and Black Forest II: Elementary Silver

Meet Charlotte and Doylan Samara: Novice Bronze

Over a decades’ worth of memories at the Petplan Equine Area Festivals

The Petplan Equine Area Festivals are all about the journey - gaining new experiences and having the chance to compete at some of the UK’s biggest venues all while dancing with your horse and making memories to last a lifetime. We met up with two riders who have done just that!

Meet Hannah and Kansas NS

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From twisting off a shoe the night before a competition to coming second in the Summer Area Festival Championship Prelim Bronze.

Meet Patricia and Z

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A fluke field accident, they were told they would never compete again, Z proved them wrong to come 6th at the Petplan Equine Summer Advanced Medium Championships!

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Meet Cheryl and Remy

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Cheryl was determined to get back to Hartpury after competing at Prelim, Novice and Elementary there a few years ago. With Remy by her side and three attempts at qualifying did they make it back? 

Meet Laura and Barry

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Starting Saracen Horse Feeds Quest as a freshly backed five year old to now dancing at the Petplan Equine Area Festivals!

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