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2016 SEIB Search for A Star & Racehorse to Riding Horse Dates Announced

The 2016 SEIB Search for A Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse Dates

The 2016 series of the popular SEIB 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 celebrating its 20th year, SEIB Search for Star will again offer the opportunity for more riders to experience the thrill of qualifying for and riding at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show for the first time. 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 giving them the opportunity to realise their dreams with that coveted HOYS ticket. SEIB has a strong ethos of putting something back into equestrian sport and the company takes an enthusiastic interest in all the competitions they sponsor.

The SEIB Search for a Star series has helped many horses to go on to a very successful show ring career, with some competitors going on to win open classes at HOYS. 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 & Show Hunter Ponies. The team of Search for a Star Judges, Richard Ramsay, David Bartram, David Ingle and Chris Lawton, have many years’ experience in the show ring and are very helpful. There is always an opportunity after each class to speak with the judges who will offer advice on how to improve your horse for the show ring.

SEIB 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.

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, re-schooling them and preparing them for a new career in the show ring. The classes are judged as for Riding Horses but the best of type, whether hack, riding horse or hunter, is deemed the winner. The HOYS final is held in the main arena, and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year has the honour of going forward to the Supreme Horse of the Year final.

Leading equine Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more. “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 SEIB Insurance Brokers.

The 2016 Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers will be held at:

9th April 2016
Osbaldeston Riding Centre, Blackburn, Lancs, BB2 7LZ
Tel & Fax: 01254 813159

15th May 2016
Houghton Hall Equestrian & Alpaca Centre, Houghton, Cambs, PE28 2DY
Tel: 01480 700236 (during office hours only)

12th June 2016
Stretcholt Equestrian Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4SR
Tel: 01278 683312

3rd July 2016
Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT
Tel: 01525 222114

7th August 2016
Vale View Equestrian Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX
Tel: 01664 823739

4th September 2016 (Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier Only)
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH

Finals, Horse Of The Year Show 5th – 9th October 2016
Birmingham NEC

The Search for a Star competition rules, comprehensive information, a downloadable schedule and entry form will be available from, by the end of February 2016. More information on the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship is available from where you can download a schedule and entry form or enter online.


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