Search for a star qualifier at Osbaldeston on the 27th april 2014


The 2014 series of the well established South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Search For A Star and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championships starts on the 27th April at Osbaldeston.  Search For A Star has been created by SEIB to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring and giving 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 to go on to a very successful show ring career, Each qualifying competition follows the same format, with classes for Working Hunters, Riding Club Show Horses, Show Hunters, Show Ponies & Show Hunter Ponies, Riding Horse/Hacks and Cobs.  Search for a Star Judge, Richard Ramsay, along with his co-judges at each venue, have many years experience in the show ring and are very helpful. There is usually an opportunity after each class to speak with the judges who will offer advice on how to improve your horse for the show ring.

Search for a Star has an enviable reputation for supporting the true amateur and riders at the grass roots level. While lessons and professional advice are encouraged to help riders improve their game, competitors are expected to take part in the spirit of the competition and rules regarding eligibility are strictly enforced.

Also at Osbaldeston on the 27th April, is the first qualifier of 2014 for the SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship at Horse of the Year Show. This class was created to support and encourage the re-education of thoroughbreds taken out of racing, re-schooling them 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 ROR/SEIB Elite Performance Award for Showing and a valuable cash prize.  This class is open to any rider and, to be eligible, the ex-racehorse horse must have been in training with a recognised trainer, must have raced in the UK either in point to point, national hunt or on the flat. To be eligible for the Elite Performance Award horses must also be registered with ROR.  This Championship series helps to recognise the abilities of the many horses that come out of racing each year, providing them with a worthwhile competition opportunity.  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.

• 27th April, Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre, Blackburn, BB2 7LZ, Tel:  01254 813159

The other 2014 Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers will be held at:

• 11th May 2014, Vale View Equestrian Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX

Tel:  01664 823739

• 22nd June 2014, Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Hardwick, Gloucester, GL2 2RG

Tel:   01452 720 288

• 6th July 2014, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT

Tel:  01525 222114

• 10th August 2014, Houghton Hall Equestrian & Alpaca Centre, Houghton, Cambs, PE28 2DY

Tel:  01480 700236 (during office hours only)

• 7th September 2014 (Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier Only) 

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH

• Finals, Horse Of The Year Show 8th – 12th October 2014

Birmingham NEC

The Search For A Star competition rules, comprehensive information, a downloadable schedule and entry form are available from, as well as the latest news, details of previous winners, what to wear and a great forum for riders to share their views.

More information on the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship is available from where you can download a schedule and entry form as well as the latest news, details of previous winners and take part in a forum for sharing your views.

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