Three riders from the Equestrian Plus area qualify for HOYS

Three riders from the Equestrian Plus area qualify for HOYS


Three riders from the Equestrian Plus area were successful in qualifying for the popular SEIB Insurance Broker’s Search for a Star Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) finals at Houghton Hall Equestrian Centre in Cambridgeshire on 10th May.

Kath Trueman

Kath Trueman, from Macclesfield, took first place in the working hunter class at Houghton Hall with her 12 year old gelding, Jolly Fergus, to qualify for HOYS. Kath, who has owned Fergus since he was four, said: “My partner, Neil Trueman, encouraged us to make the journey to Cambridgeshire from Macclesfield, I said it was too far to go! I am now absolutely delighted we came.” Kath bought Fergus from her trainer Tony French, she added: “We bought Fergus to bring on and sell, I just haven’t been able to bring myself to part with him though.”

Last season Kath and Fergus were placed second in the working hunter classes at both Bakewell and the Cheshire show.  The pair have also had great success eventing at BE100 level and have accumulated five qualifying results for the regional finals for the Badminton Grassroots Championship.

Samantha Perkins


Samantha Perkins, from North Anston, took first place in the show hunter class, on her mare Edlingtons Millie, earning their place in the final at HOYS. Samantha bought the seven year old mare, known as Moo at home, nearly two years ago.  She told us: “When we went to see her she was in a field and was underweight and looking a bit uncared for.” The pair competed in last year’s Search for a Star qualifier at Vale View and came seventh, Samantha continued: “I am so proud of this, we have had a great year so far and now HOYS!” The pair competed at Equifest last year and took second place in the ridden coloured class.  Samantha said: “I am really keen to do some jumping with her now and some working hunter classes in preparation for HOYS.”


Erin Keary

Erin Keary, age 12, from Stockport, took second place in the ponies class. Riding her mother, Jill Keary’s show pony, Penny Royal Master Pip, Erin qualified for the final at HOYS.

Jill bought the nine year old, known as Pip at home, last November.  Erin started showing him at the start of this season and the pair have campaigned some BSPS show pony classes including taking first place in the novice show pony class at Somerford. The pair were placed at the Osbaldeston SEIB Search for a Star qualifier in April this year.  Jill said: “It is a real learning curve and we are all just so delighted to have qualified for HOYS. It will be an amazing experience for Erin.” 

Erin said: “I am so excited to have qualified for HOYS.  We will be doing lots of practising in the run up to the big day and might do some dressage and nursery stakes working hunter pony classes as well as showing.” 


Photo credit SMR Photography