Competitor information

We're excited to once again be able to provide you with the opportunity to compete in the 2020 NAF Five Star Winter Championships and Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships! 


Thanks to lots of hard work behind the scenes and an overwhelmingly positive response about still wanting to compete at the championships from those who had qualified, we're able to bring you a revised 2020 NAF Five Star Winter Championships and Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships, which will take place 'behind closed doors'. The championships will run from Monday 17 - Sunday 23 August 2020 at our original venue Hartpury Arena in Gloucestershire.

We're happy to say that even in its revised format we're able to protect the integrity of the competition, with judging and prize money remaining unchanged, whilst ensuring the safety of our competitors, officials and staff is maintained at all times.

Competition schedule & timetable

The full schedule for all competitors is available below - this outlines all of the information you need on which classes are taking place when, prize money and so on:


For the full timetable with exact timings of each class, please see below:


Preparing for the championships

As you prepare for the championships, please ensure you take a look at the below information for everything you need to know about competing at this event prior to your departure and how this will differ to normal due to Covid-19:

Test and Trace Survey

All entered riders are required to complete a Test and Trace Survey before arriving on site at Hartpury. The deadline is midday Tuesday 11 August.


Covid-19 Policy

All attending must read the Covid-19 Policy for the Championships as this provides vital information on how the Show will operate and what you should do while at the Championships to ensure that you have the best possible experience at the event.


  • Please ensure you read the Covid-19 Policy for the Championships for information on PPE, social distancing, face coverings, handwashing, arrival, parking, stable area, Secretary’s Office, music, warm up, unmounted presentations, site facilities, Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Always endeavour to keep to the left when walking in enclosed spaces and passing others.
  • The Covid-19 Policy for the Championships may be updated to conform to the current requirements.
  • Should anyone fail to conform to the Covid-19 Policy for the Championships they may be asked to leave the showground.

Number of people permitted with each rider

  • Please ensure you read the Covid-19 Policy for the Championships regarding the number of people permitted to attend per rider.
  • Restrictions on numbers accompanying the rider are in place as there is a strict upper limit on the number of people permitted on site in any one day.
  • In addition to the rider, only one other person is permitted to attend per horse. This could be an owner, trainer or groom, but the limit is one extra person per combination.
  • An additional person is also permitted as the nominated parent, guardian or carer for all under 18s riders and Para riders.
  • If it is absolutely essential that an additional person accompanies the rider and cannot be included in the number outlined in point 2, for example a child (person under the age of 16) and you are unable to leave your child at home or arrange alternative childcare, then a request must be made prior to entering to the Show Secretary. They will then consult with British Dressage for approval of the request. If approved, the name of any additional person will also need to be recorded in the Track and Trace section of the entry system.
  • Name and contact details of the person(s) accompanying the rider must be stated at time of entry. If these details change, this information must be updated via the Show Secretary for Track and Trace reasons.
  • If the accompanying person is not travelling with the rider (e.g. a trainer) details of that person must still be stated.
  • No spectators are permitted on site. Other than competitors and the one additional person per horse, access will be limited to venue staff, officials, caterers, event contractors, pre-accredited media and photographers only.

Equine Flu Vaccination checks

  • An initial course of two injections for primary vaccination, not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, are required before being eligible to compete.
  • A first booster injection must be given between 150 and 215 days after the second injection of primary vaccination.
  • Subsequent booster injections must be given at regular intervals of not more than 12 months, commencing after the first booster injection.
  • The full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before arriving at the competition.
  • In line with the temporary BD amnesty, the most recent booster does not have to have been administered within 6 month and 21 days of competing.
  • The vaccination record(s) in the horse’s passport, must be completed, signed and stamped line by line, by an appropriate veterinary surgeon (who is neither the owner nor the rider of the horse). The responsibility to comply with this rule lies with the competitor, who should consult with their veterinarian.
  • Horses without a valid vaccination certificate within passports on arrival will not be allowed to stay at the Championships.

Vaccination Check Process

Upon arrival at the event competitors will be required to take the vaccination certificates for all the horses / ponies they have at the event to the Stable Manager’s Office.

Stabled & Non-Stabled Horses

Competitors with horses / ponies stabled on site will be required to take their vaccination certificates within the passports to the Stable Manager's Office for verification before any horses/ponies are unloaded from the horsebox.

Music CDs

Please ensure you read the Covid-19 Policy for the Championships regarding music CDs.

Arriving at the Championships

  • Everyone attending will arrive at the Parking Control Point when they enter the venue. Their Track and Trace details will be checked and verified prior to being directed to their allocated parking area.
  • Please ensure you read the Covid-19 Policy for the Championships regarding the number of people permitted to attend per rider.
  • Horses may arrive on the showground from 13.00 on Sunday 16 August, the showground entrance will close at 23.30.
  • Access to the showground will be open from 06.30 – 23.00 on show days. Outside these hours the entrance will be opened for emergency access only.
  • Horses requiring stabling must arrive on the showground before 18.30. Should any competitor be delayed, they must contact the Stable Manager on 07779 788014. The Stable Manager's office will open at 06.30 and close at 19.00 each day.
  • Only horseboxes / trailers bringing horses and / or ponies intending to compete at the Championships will be admitted to the showground.
  • All horseboxes / trailers will be parked by dedicated parking personnel.
  • Competitors do not require car passes and all cars will be parked in the designated car park in the showground. This is except for cars towing trailers with horses competing at the Show, which will be issued passes from the Stable Manager when they arrive on site, cars will not be permitted in the stable area or horsebox parking area.

What to expect at the Championships

Secretary’s Office

Please keep visits to the Secretary’s Office to a minimum and observe social distancing at all time. Declaration is not required.

Result sheets and / or prizes may be collected from the Show Secretary half an hour after the end of the class and prior to departure from the showground, otherwise they will be sent by British Dressage following the conclusion of the Show.

Start lists and results

There will be no public start lists / programme, please refer to the online times for all of the class details and competitor start times. There will also be no scoreboard on site, however there will be an online scoring system.

Unmounted presentations

Prize givings will be replaced with unmounted, socially distanced presentations and in a designated area outside the arenas. Winners will still have a photo opportunity, be interviewed by British Dressage and the media and will feature across our social media channels, website and BD Magazine. The top three competitors from each competition will be required to attend the official unmounted presentation.

Presentation times will be published on the website and competitors should present themselves to the Presentation Area at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation time.

Electrical hook up

A limited number of 6amp electrical hook ups are available for horseboxes at a cost of £86 (inc. VAT) per hook up for the period that the competitor is staying in the Showground.

Competitors must have a 16amp (blue socket) extension cable to connect to the socket supplied by the Organiser. It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure that all their cables and electrical equipment comply with current electrical regulations.

Hook up is not available for tents.

Electrical connection must be booked online by 3 August 2020 and is on a strictly first come basis.

Toilets and showers

Limited public toilets will be available, however no public showers will be available on the showground.

Live Streaming

All competitions will be live streamed on Horse & Country, for free, and we'll provide details of this nearer to the event.


The official event photographer will be on site to take photographs of competitors in all the competitions and at the presentations. There will be no photographic trade stand in the showground but pictures will be available to purchase online.

Hoof Prints: Frances Gannon

Tel: 01933 418884 or 07909 683764