Petplan Equine Area Festival

3rd February 2022 – 6th February 2022 all-day
Aintree International Equestrian Centre
0151 522 2949


We are delighted to once again host the above event.

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 6,300 dressage tests ridden in the 2018/19 series.

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

This event will run from Thursday 3rd February to Sunday 6th February 2022

All entries and stabling must be booked online

Entries close on Thursday 20th January 2022

Please follow the link below to see the full schedule:


VACCINATIONS – As per our Terms & Conditions and those of British Dressage, all horses/ponies competing at a BD competition at Aintree Equestrian Centre must have had a booster vaccination against Equine Influenza in the PRECEDING 6 MONTHS. From 30th June 2021 British Dressage has required a booster vaccination to have been administered in the 6 months prior to competing.
They must also be 6 days clear of any vaccination and may attend on the 7th day.
Your co-operation and understanding is appreciated. (FULL BRITISH DRESSAGE RULES RE VACCINATIONS ARE DETAILED BELOW)

NB IF STABLING, PASSPORTS MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE STABLE MANAGER BEFORE HORSES ARE UNLOADED. As above, a booster vaccination must have been given in the PRECEDING 6 MONTHS or admittance to the racecourse stables will not be allowed.

COVID-19 – as we are all aware, the guidelines and restrictions change constantly. Aintree Equestrian Centre strictly adheres to all local and national restrictions regarding travel, mixing of households and social distancing. Please make sure you are fully aware of the latest restrictions prior to arriving to the racecourse, as non-adherence will result in admittance being refused.

An information email is sent to ALL competitors prior to the event – please take the time to read it.

PRIZE MONEY – this will be credited back to the payment card used for entries after the event, please allow up to  10 working days for funds to be received.

Electric Hook Up – 1 Night (Optional) – £25.00
Electric Hook Up – 2 Nights (Optional) – £35.00
Electric Hook Up – 3 Nights (Optional) – £45.00
Electric Hook Up – 4 Nights (Optional) – £55.00
Stable – 1 Night (Optional) – £45.00
Stable – 2 Nights (Optional) – £55.00
Stable – 3 Nights (Optional) – £65.00
Stable – 4 Nights (Optional) – £75.00
Hay (Optional) – £10.00
Haylage (Optional) – £10.00
Shavings (Optional) – £10.00
Day Stabling (Optional) – £35.00

British Dressage prize money rule applies to all classes.

No Prize Money 1-4 Starters
1st Place 5-8 Starters
2nd Place 9-12 Starters
3rd Place 13-16 Starters
4th Place At the organisers discretion

BD Vaccination Rules

11. Equine Influenza Vaccination
To protect the health of the other competing horses and the biosecurity of the venue,
a valid passport must accompany the horse to all competitions and be produced
on request. Failure to comply is a disciplinary offence and will debar the horse from
competing at the event for which it has been entered. A horse will not be permitted to
compete unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza which complies with
the following conditions:
• 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 most recent booster injection must have been given within six calendar
months +21 days prior to the horse competing.
NB see separate note below re amnesty until 30th June 2021 regarding 6 monthly vaccinations
• The full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days
before arriving at the competition.
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). For those competing under FEI rules, please refer to FEI rules.
The responsibility to comply with this rule lies with the competitor, who should consult
with their veterinarian.
Horses being found without adequate and up to date vaccinations will not be allowed
to compete and will be barred from competing until such a time that they have been
given their first and second vaccinations. The registration of any horse found in
breach of this rule will be suspended until rectified.

Equine Influenza vaccination amnesty period
In recognition of some veterinary practices offering a reduced service during lockdown, the requirement for horses to have had a booster vaccination within six months and 21 days of a competition will be waived for the remainder of the summer season, up to 30 June 2021.  Please note that the 12-month rule remains in place for all BD registered horses, regardless of whether or not you are competing – it is vitally important that your horse still has its annual vaccination.

We strongly recommend that owners get up to date with the six monthly booster at the earliest opportunity to minimise the risk of equine influenza spreading once horses begin mixing again.  The current situation in Europe, where there has been a major outbreak of EHV-1 resulting in four horses losing their lives, highlights the importance of vaccination and stringent biosecurity practices.

Secretary: Laura Way

Aintree International Equestrian Centre, Aintree Race Course, Omskirk Road, Aintree, Merseyside, L9 5AS
Phone: 0151 522 2949

Venue: Aintree International Equestrian Centre

Aintree Race Course, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool, Merseyside, L9 5AS
Phone: 0151 522 2949
Aintree Racecourse is located on the A59, just one mile from the M57 and M58, which link the M62 and M6. Follow the A59 to Liverpool and the AA Signs as you approach the racecourse for routes to the car parks.

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