SEIB Search For A Star qualifiers commence!

SEIB Search For A Star qualifiers commence!

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2016 is set to be another busy year for the SEIB Insurance Brokers’ Search for a Star series which gets underway on the 9th April at Osbaldeston Riding Centre, Blackburn.  Search for a Star was created in the 1990’s by leading insurance company, SEIB Insurance Brokers and provides the opportunity for amateur riders to qualify for the Search for a Star finals at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) each year.   


Over this time, SEIB Search for a Star has become the pinnacle of ambition for many amateur riders and provided numerous success stories. Several horses and riders that have been successful in Search for a Star have gone on to compete in open classes with great success. 


The SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star series takes place at five qualifying shows over the spring and summer throughout the country for the all-important HOYS final. There are five classes at each qualifying show including, Working Hunter, Riding Club Show Horse, Show Hunter, Show and Show Hunter Ponies, Riding Horse and Hacks and Cob classes.


The team of Search for a Star Judges, Richard Ramsay, David Bartram, David Ingle and Chris Lawton, have many years’ experience in the show ring and are very helpful. There is always an opportunity after each class to speak with the judges who will offer advice. Competitors often find that, having listened to the advice given after the class and worked hard before their next show, they come back to a subsequent qualifier and their performance is much improved. No joining or registration fees are required to compete in SEIB Search for a Star, but all entrants must adhere to the eligibility rules which are strictly enforced.

Running alongside SEIB Search for a Star is the popular SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship series, also with a prestigious final at Horse of the Year Show.  This class was started over 10 years ago by SEIB to give support and recognition to those retraining racehorses and is now a very popular and competitive HOYS Final. The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year has the honour of going forward to the Supreme Horse of the Year final. The first qualifier for the 2016 series of SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse also takes place at Osbaldeston on the 9th April. 


Leading equine insurers, SEIB Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more. “The Search for a Star Championship series is a way to give amateur riders the chance to achieve their dream of riding at The Horse of the Year Show. The standard increases every year and we are delighted to give so many riders this opportunity”, said Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager at SEIB Insurance Brokers.


The 2016 Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers will be held at:

9th April 

Osbaldeston Riding Centre, Blackburn, Lancs, BB2 7LZ

Tel & Fax: 01254 813159


15th May 

Houghton Hall Equestrian & Alpaca Centre, Houghton, Cambs, PE28 2DY

Tel:  01480 700236 (during office hours only)


12th June 

Stretcholt Equestrian Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4SR

Tel: 01278 683312


3rd July 

Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT

Tel:  01525 222114


7th August 

Vale View Equestrian Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX

Tel:  01664 823739


4th September  (Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier Only)

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH


Finals, Horse Of The Year Show 5th – 9th October 2016

Birmingham NEC

Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH