Due to public demand, the new SEIB Search for a Star championship for Pony Club members will have two additional qualifiers, making a total of seven nationwide qualifying opportunities.

The Search for a Star Pony Club championship will enable eligible Pony Club members from lead rein through to young adults to learn about ring craft, turnout, and way of going, and then showcase these skills through qualifying, to compete on the centre stage at Your Horse Live in November.

The Search for a Star Pony Club championship will offer a lead rein and first ridden championship for children under 10 years old. There will be an open class for older members that will be judged on suitability for all round Pony club activities, conformation, way of going and temperament open to any type of horse or pony that is both athletic and correct enough to be a show horse.

The two new qualifying shows for the Pony Club Search for a Star championship will take place in Northern Ireland at Laurel View Equestrian Centre in Templepatrick on the 25th June and at Showfest, at the Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire on the 14th August.

The Search for a Star Pony Club championship will be looking for animals that are athletic and capable of doing all round Pony Club activities. The horse or pony will not be ridden by the judge but the competitor will be asked to give a show. For each class there will be a best rider award.

The SEIB Search for a Star judges and stewards will be on hand to help and mentor competitors at qualifying shows. In addition to this Search for a Star has two ‘Weekender’ events planned for 2022. These will include a day of training followed by a full qualifying show for both Horse of the Year Show and Your Horse Live, one in Scotland and one in England.

Search for a Star first took place back in 1996 and over the years has allowed thousands of amateur riders the chance to compete at championship shows.

SEIB support ethical showing and testing for prohibited substances and tack inspections may take place. The Search for a Star full schedule including classes, times and rules will be released in due course on the website at www.seib.co.uk/competitions.

Leading equine Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers set up Search for a Star nearly 30  years ago so they could offer a unique competition opportunity to many of their amateur rider customers. SEIB has a long association with the showing world and is renowned for ‘putting something back’ by supporting many equestrian events and activities in addition to Search for a Star.

For full details on all Search for a Star, Racehorse to Riding Horse and SEIB competitions, and to enter, please visit www.seib.co.uk/competitions.

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SEIB Search for a Star Pony Club championship Dates and Venues 2022

24th April 2022 at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Vale View Equestrian, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3LX

22nd May 2022 at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, New Bury, Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Buckinghamshire LU7 9BT

11th & 12th June 2022 at Netherton Equestrian Centre, Netherton Farm, Aberargie, Perthshire, PH2 9NE, Perth, Scotland. Search for a Star Weekender including training, competition on Sunday 12th June

NEW – 25th June 2022 at Laurel View Equestrian Centre Limited, 18 Knowehead Rd,

Templepatrick, Ballyclare, BT39 0BX Northern Ireland. (ONLY Classes 10, 11, 12 and 18 will be held at this qualifier.)

23rd & 24th July 2022 during SEIB Trailblazers Championships at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry CV8 2LZ

Search for a Star Weekender, competition on 24th July (Stabling will be available via a link that will be published in due course).

15th July 2022 at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) National Championships at Hartpury College, Hartpury GL19 3BE (RDA Riders Only)

7th August 2022 at Science Supplements Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre, Willoughby, Rugby CV23 8AJ

13th August 2022 NAF Five Star International Horse Trials, Hartpury College, Hartpury GL19 3BE.  (SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse only)

14th August 2022 at “ShowFest”, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

WR13 6NW (ONLY Classes 10, 11, 12 and 18 will be held at this qualifier.)

4th September 2022 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Burghley House, Burghley Park,

Stamford PE9 3JY.   (SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse only)