Petplan Equine 20th anniversary award winners named

The 2019/20 Petplan Equine Area Festival season is a very special one for Petplan Equine, as it marks the 20th year of Petplan Equine’s sponsorship of this iconic British Dressage series. The Petplan Equine Area Festivals are the largest and most popular competition in the British Dressage portfolio with more than a third of all members taking part.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Petplan Equine launched the Area Festival Awards. These very special awards were designed to recognise the dedication that grassroots competitors and their support teams put in to take part in the much-loved series.

Petplan Equine received over 400 entries, with each nomination highlighting the hard work and inspirational journeys that competitors experience. Those nominating could enter themselves, a friend or family member for one of five categories: Inspirational Star, Surprise Star, Support Star, Progressive Star, Perseverance Star. A judging panel of industry experts, including International rider Charlie Hutton, Your Horse magazine Deputy Editor, Allison Lowther and Linda Whetstone, British Dressage Chairman and founder of the Area Festival Series had the difficult task of choosing a winner for each category.

Meet the winners:

  • Inspirational star – Sue Grice and her talented traditional gypsy cob Frodo
  • Surprise star – Caroline Burrow and her rescue cob Mimi
  •  Support star – Instructor and Area Festival competitor Brendan Tegg
  • Progressive starClare Hinchliffe and her dancing partner Crunchie
  • Perseverance starLinda Clark riding her own super star Teddy

Read more about our five worthy winners and their great stories.

Kate Hopkins, Marketing Consultant at Petplan Equine commented, “We were overwhelmed with the amount of support the Petplan Equine Area Festival Awards received. In our 20th anniversary year of sponsoring the Area Festivals we wanted to celebrate the people who make the Petplan Equine Area Festivals what they are and that is the riders, horses and supporters who are a part of the series. We were inundated with such extraordinary and inspiring stories from competitors. Our five winners highlight the true spirit of the Area Festivals and they are all such deserving winners.”

For further information about the Petplan Equine Area Festival Awards visit the Petplan Equine website.

Dressage riders confirmed for HOYS 2019

This year’s Horse of the Year Show features the seventh running of the annual Dressage Future Elite Championship. Taking place during the evening performance on Thursday 3 October, this prestigious competition provides a platform for the UK’s rising Grand Prix horses to gain invaluable experience under the spotlight at a world famous international event.

In conjunction with British Dressage, the popular Championship is designed for horses between eight and ten years old. The class will feature a total of eight horse and rider combinations who will each showcase an Intermediate I Freestyle to Music in the Andrews Bowen International Arena.

For the past three years, Charlote Dujardin has taken the title; 2016 riding Hawtins Delicato scoring 78.62%, 2017 with Mount St John Freestyle scoring 84.91% and last year she sealed her HOYS hat-trick with the young grey mare, Florentina VI, on 79.12%. This year, Charlotte is back with another star in the making, Mount St John Valencia, the mare with whom she won the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Freestyle at the LeMieux National Championships earlier this month.

The eight horse and rider combinations competing this year are:

• Katie Bailey with Hannah Dovey’s Eagle Nouvelle
• Kate Cowell with Patricia Andrews’ Dramatic Conquest
• Dylan Deutrom with William Deans’ San Marco
• Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Stud’s Mount St John Valencia
• Lara Edwards with her own and Laura Milner’s Jazzed Up
• Emily Harris with Fay Thomas’s Freya FST
• Abi Lyle with Fenella Ross’s Farrell
• Jayne Turney with Shirley Rixon’s Penhaligon’s Jupiter

Thursday is all about dressage at HOYS. Emile Faurie is set to inspire the Thursday afternoon HOYS audience in the Andrews Bowen International Arena as he hosts the show’s dressage masterclass for the very first time.

“For the masterclass, Tom Goode will ride five year old stallion Jarsto to demonstrate what it is we look for in a dressage horse and I’ll talk through how we start the horse out in his training,” said Emile. “And I’m bringing Niina Nilosaari’s Grand Prix gelding, Quentano, to demonstrate the higher level movements and show the levels of progression as the horse develops towards Grand Prix.”

Then at 5.30pm you can stop by the HOYS Live Zone in the Retail Village to see Emile’s ‘Let’s Talk Dressage’ expert talk.

The Dressage Future Elite Championship will commence at approximately 6.05pm.

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