Dates announced for 2013 SEIB Search for a Star

By: Horse Deals


Dates announced for 2013 SEIB Search for a Star
Dates announced for 2013 SEIB Search for a Star

The 2013 series of the South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Search For A Star and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship will begin in April with five qualifiers throughout the country. 

Now in its 16th successive year, Search For A Star was created by SEIB to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring and give them the opportunity to compete at the prestigious finals at the Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS)

The Search for a Star series has helped many horses go on to a enjoy successful show ring career, with some going on to win open classes at HOYS. 

Jenna Tyldesly and Tudor Minstral, who were second in the SFAS final in 2010, went on and took the Supreme Show Hunter of the Year title at HOYS in 2012. 

Each qualifying competition follows the same format, with classes for working hunters, riding club show horses, riding horse/hacks, show hunters, cobs and show ponies and show hunter ponies.  

SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship

Held in conjunction with the Search For A Star Classes, the SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship was created to support and encourage the re-education of Thoroughbreds taken out of racing and preparing them for a new career in the show ring. 

The series is supported by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) and the winner of the championship will also collect the valuable ROR/SEIB Elite Performance Award for Showing

The classes are judged as for riding horses but the best of type, whether hack, riding horse or hunter, is deemed the winner. 

"The Search For A Star Championship series is a way to give amateur riders the chance to achieve their dream of riding at The Horse Of The Year Show. The standard increases every year and we are delighted to give so many riders this opportunity", said Nicolina MacKenzie, marketing manager at South Essex Insurance Brokers.

The 2013 Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers will be held at:

- 28 April, Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre, Blackburn

- 19 May, Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex, Warwickshire

- 16 June, Badgworth Riding Centre, Somerset

- 7 July, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Bucks

- 11 August, Vale View Equestrian,  Leicestershire

- 8 September, The Landrover Burghley Horse Trials , Lincolnshire – Racehorse to Riding Horse ONLY 

- 12 September, Training Day for HOYS qualifiers. Venue TBC.

- 9 – 13 October, HOYS Final, Birmingham NEC.

For more information on the Search For A Star competition rules, comprehensive information, a downloadable schedule and entry form visit www.search4astar.org.uk

For more information on the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship visit www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk.