Alice gives Fab her final Hartpury winter championships breakfast while chewing over Becky Moody’s “inspirational” prix st georges freestyle win on Carinsio from the previous evening.

She then talks about her future plans with Fab, which include advanced medium – if they can crack the flying changes. Apparently, at the moment, there is “a lot of flying and not all that much changing”. They also hope to go hunting and do some beach rides.

Alice waves goodbye to Fab (Time for Tubby bye-bye!) as some kindly friends take her home so she can concentrate on doing “some proper work” reporting for Horse & Hound. She is now working in the press office “sponsored by Soltan and KitKat” and looking forward to tonight’s inter I freestyle to music class.

Don’t miss the final final installment from Alice and Fab: the out-takes – coming soon!

About the Area Festivals

The Area Festivals were set up to give amateur riders of all levels the opportunity to enjoy taking part in prestigious championship-style dressage shows. There are 19 Petplan Equine Area Festivals held at leading dressage venues across the UK from August to November each year. The show aims to give amateurs the chance to compete in true championship conditions and enjoy the experience of riding in the atmosphere of a top show.

Competing at the Area Festivals is an achievement in itself and more than 3,000 riders taking part each year. Those riders placed first to fourth at prelim to elementary inclusive and the winner only from medium to prix st georges at each Area Festival during are invited to compete at the Area Festival Championships at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury.