Petplan Summer Freestyle Area Festivals

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.

Key facts

Qualification period 1 January - 30 June
Levels Prelim to Inter I
Sections Bronze and Silver
Summer Area Festivals July - August
Championships Petplan Summer Area Festival Championships, 2 – 6 October 2024

Petplan Summer Freestyle Area Festival Qualification 

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 two scores depending on the level.

How to qualify

Level Qualification
Prelim to Advanced Medium Two scores at 63% or above (scores to be from one section)
Prix St George and Inter I  Two scores at 60% or above (scores to be from one section)

Need to know:

  • Combinations may only compete at two Area Festivals per season for each level and section.
  • 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.
  • From the Area Festivals, combinations will need to finish in the top two of their class to qualify for the Area Festival Championships unless the class is split (minimum percentage to be obtained). Any unfilled places will be awarded by the wild card system.

Summer Area Festivals

For more information on all of the summer Area Festival venues, see the major dates page below.


Area Festival Hub

Whether you're a seasoned Petplan Area Festivals competitor, or you're considering trying the Area Festivals for the first time, our Petplan Area Festivals Hub has everything you need to help you along your journey. Hear from our riders, get some top training tips from Charlie Hutton and freestyle help with Alice Oppenheimer.



You can ride in all sections to get your scores for an Area Festival as a Club member on a Club horse. If you do qualify for a Petplan 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.