The 2023 running of the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse series includes an unparalleled opportunity for amateur riders. For the first time, an extra qualifying class purely for amateur riders will be held at Stoneleigh Park on the 15th July, courtesy of The Showing Register. Two combinations in the amateur only Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifying class will be awarded tickets for the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) final.

Onley R2R winner

SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse was set up to provide a second career for thoroughbred ex-racehorses. Many ex-racehorses have now gone on to glittering second careers in the showring and past HOYS Racehorse to Riding Horse champions range from group winners right through to those that didn’t achieve even a placing on the racecourse.

Racehorse to Riding Horse 2023 offers seven qualifiers across the UK from April through to September for those aiming for the all-important Horse of the Year Show finale in early October.

The 2023 SEIB Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifying shows will take place at:

Sunday 23rd April 2023 at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3LX

Saturday 3rd June 2023 (Search for a Star workshop) and Sunday 4th June 2023 (qualifying competition) at Netherton Equestrian Centre, Netherton Farm, Aberargie, Perthshire, PH2 9NE, Perth, Scotland.

Friday 14th July 2023 (Search for a Star workshop) and Saturday 15th July 2023 (qualifying competition) at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ – courtesy of The Showing Register (TSR) Championship. Including amateur only R2R qualifier on the 15th July.

Wednesday 2nd August 2023 at Arena UK, Allington Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2EF – courtesy of Equifest.

Saturday 12th August 2023 at Brendon Stud, Haresdean Farm, Pyecombe, Brighton BN45 7EG.

Sunday 3rd September 2023 at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Burghley House, Burghley Park,

Stamford PE9 3JY.  

SEIB’s Marketing Manager, and series organizer Nicolina MacKenzie said: “We are delighted to have secured the opportunity to take two more horses forward to the Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS championship. We have long listened to our competitors in the class and these two extra places will be only open to strictly amateur riders and their thoroughbreds.”

Please see or the SEIB Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse facebook pages for information and to enter.

Leading equine Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers set up Search for a Star over 20 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. 

In the meantime - if you need to insure your horse, horsebox, trailer, yard or business - SEIB are here to help so please give us a call on 01708 850000 or visit #SEIBhere2help