Qualify for Horse of the Year Show and Your Horse Live in SEIB Search for a Star at Netherton Equestrian

Following the success of SEIB Search for a Star at Netherton Equestrian in 2022, the series returns to the Perthshire venue on the 3rd and 4th June 2023. Long known as the premier amateur showing series in the UK, Search for a Star offers riders and their horses the chance to qualify for prestigious finals at Horse of the Year Show and Your Horse Live.

The SEIB Search for a Star team will be running a workshop on Saturday 3rd June. The professional Search for a Star Judges will put riders and their horses and ponies through their paces – ridden, in-hand and turnout support and advice will be given to participants ahead of the qualifying classes on Sunday 4th June.

Entries are now open for both the workshop and the qualifier at Netherton, which will include brand new classes for an amateur heavy horse in-hand series. At Netherton there will also be a qualifying class for the Search for a Star Open Veteran Championship which offers a cash prize of £500 to the champion.

Search for a Star first took place back in 1996 and over the years has provided thousands of opportunities for amateur riders to compete at championship shows with many going on to compete with success in open classes.

At Netherton on the 4th June Search for a Star classes with finals at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) include; hacks, hunters, working pony, working horses, riding horses, traditional gypsy cobs – of any colour, show cobs, and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse final. Qualify for championship finals at Your Horse Live in Search for a Star in; ridden open veterans, Pony Club horses and ponies, mountain and moorlands and for in-hand horses and ponies; heavy horse, plaited horse, plaited pony, mountain and moorland and veteran.

The SEIB Search for a Star judges and stewards will be on hand to help and mentor all competitors at qualifying shows.

SEIB’s Marketing Manager, Nicolina MacKenzie said: “Last year a Shire qualified for the Your Horse Live Search for a Star championships and to celebrate this success we have created a class for heavy horse breeds.  We are looking forward to seeing more Shires plus Suffolks, Clydesdales and maybe a continental heavy draft horse or two competing in Search for a Star. The addition of the £500 first prize in the open veteran finals will add an extra dimension to this class.

Please see www.seib.co.uk/competitions or the SEIB Search for a Star facebook page 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 www.seib.co.uk. #SEIBhere2help

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.

JULY 2023 DATE AND VENUE TBC Northern Ireland (Pony Club only)

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.

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.

Saturday 19th August 2023 at The Pony Club Championships at Offchurch Bury, Warwickshire CV33 9AR. (Pony Club only)

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

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