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The rider who scores the highest mark in any class at the 10th Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals at Hartpury College, Glos (7-11 April) will win a five-day intensive training course with top dressage rider, trainer and BHS Fellow Adam Kemp.

This new Petplan Equine High Achiever Award is the brainchild of AM Dressage — run by Adam Kemp and rider/trainer Matt Frost — in partnership with specialist insurance company Petplan Equine.

The overall winner will visit Adam at his Gloucestershire yard, where they will receive a tailored five-day training course. The prize includes accommodation and meals, an initial assessment, shared and individual lessons, test riding, lectures in sports psychology and access to a gala evening. The winner will also receive a Petplan Equine numnah and jacket.

Adam Kemp said: “This type of intensive course is a great way for serious amateurs to really polish up and work on that winning edge to help them move onto the next level.”

Alison Andrew of Petplan Equine said: “The Petplan Equine Area Festivals are going from strength to strength with the standard of riding improving every year. We wanted to find a way of rewarding this year’s highest achiever and provide inspiration for the future.”

Four hundred horses and riders will battle it out at the final for this top prize at the championships, which are aimed at amateur riders and run alongside British Dressage’s winter championships.