Search For A Star is designed to give amateur riders and owners and opportunity to appear at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show and to identify top class horses and ponies which otherwise may not be given the opportunity to compete at this level. 

Although only for amateurs it is run by professionals and the imposed standards are identical to those applied to professionals. One fundamental difference is that at HOYS the judges will use radio microphones to give their thoughts and explain decisions. They will not publicly criticise riders or horses.

Search For A Star Competition (“SFAS”) is open to amateur riders only. Eligible riders include those who have not ridden, exhibited or owned a horse that has competed in a showing class at Horse of the Year Show since 2009; who do not produce, ride or train horses or riders for the show ring for remuneration, and are not judges registered with any association or society.

SFAS is open to horses and ponies who have not qualified for Horse of the Year Show (“HOYS”) before 1 March 2020. They may have qualified for Royal International Horse Show (“RIHS”) before this date but not have been placed in the rosettes in any class.

The horse or pony must never have been exhibited by a professional show rider or producer before competing at HOYS. Please read the rules for more details. All times are approximate – competitors must declare 30 minutes before the stated start time of each class – see rules about declaration.

Competitors and riders who qualify 1st or 2nd in SFAS may be invited to enter HOYS but entry to HOYS is not automatic and is subject to the rider and horse or pony meeting the required standard for entry to HOYS and complying with the Search For A Star rules and regulations.

We will endeavour to run to time – further information will be available on the day from the secretary.


Entries can be made and paid for online (subject to availability). If you wish to post your entry form, then please detach from the back of this schedule and fully complete the form paying careful attention to the privacy notice. Ensure it is signed, dated and post to SFAS, SEIB Insurance Brokers, South Essex House, North Road, South Ockendon, Essex RM15 5BE along with your cheque or postal order made out to SEIB by the closing date as detailed under the venue you wish to enter. Please DO NOT send cash through the post. Any entries received after the closing date will be returned.

Entry fee is £48/class

Late entries incur a £15 late entry fee and and can be accepted online up until the Wednesday evening before the chosen competition (subject to availability). If online entries is not chosen for a late entry the competitor must speak to the secretary in advance to agree acceptance and must bring their full entry fee plus £15 in cash to the secretary at the competition and the closing dates are listed on page 7 of this schedule and on the website.

Postal entries will be accepted up to the primary closing date, entries on the day will not be accepted.


The onus is on the exhibitor, rider and owner to ensure that they meet the criteria of the SEIB Search for a Star competition. Organisers will not be held responsible for any advice given regarding eligibility.

Immediately following qualification at the Competition, a Qualified Rider/ Owner must bring the horse’s original equine identity document to the secretary at the competition to be checked. The equine identity document (passport) must be correct and in the name of the horse and owner (keeper), including address that appears on the passport that appears on the Search for a Star entry form. Failure to comply with this ruling will mean disqualification.

It is important that you read the Rules and Regulations.

Please arrange stabling directly with your venue of choice.


Up to date details of judges will be available online in due course.
Please co-operate with our judges, secretary and stewards.
They are just trying to make the whole experience the best it can be for everyone and keep you safe!!