Amateur showing opportunities to qualify for HOYS and Your Horse Live

SEIB Search for a Star is heading to Pyecombe on the 12th August 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.

Entries are now open and classes include a brand new opportunity for amateur heavy horses in-hand. Alongside all the Your Horse Live and HOYS qualifying classes, at Pyecombe 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 Pyecombe on the 12th August 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 definitely adds an extra dimension to this class.”

Please see 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. 

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