Alnwick Equestrian Centre to host SEIB Search for a Star qualifier

The fourth qualifier in the 2018 SEIB Search for a Star series will be held at Alnwick Ford Equestrian Centre in Northumberland on the 8th July. This is a brand-new venue for Search for a Star owing to popular demand to have a northern qualifier.

SEIB Search for a Star was set up to give amateur riders and their horses the chance to compete at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and has led to many thrilled competitors achieving this dream.

Each SEIB Search for a Star qualifier holds classes for Working ponies and horses, Riding Horse Hacks, Show Hunters and Cobs. Competitors have the chance to qualify for HOYS in each of these classes. SEIB Search for a Star is professionally run with strict entry criteria.

For the 2018 running of the series there is a new SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland Championship with its very own final at Your Horse Live 2018. This class will be held at each SEIB for a Star qualifier and is open to pure-bred Mountain and Moorland ponies ridden by amateur riders that fulfil the full Search for a Star rules and conditions of entry.

At each of the SEIB Search for a Star qualifiers there will also be a HOYS qualifier for the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championships. SEIB set up this Championship to support and encourage the re-education and training of ex-racehorses and help them on their way to a new career in the show ring.

Many former SEIB Search for a Star horses have gone on to great success in open classes and there are several open HOYS champions amongst those that have previously won at Search for a Star. SEIB Marketing Manager Nicolina Mackenzie said: “We are thrilled to have created these new opportunities for more amateur riders and we are very excited about this new Search for a Star venue. It has been a good few years since we had a qualifier so far north”.

Expert advice and support from the very experienced judges is on hand for all competitors at each of the five qualifiers. During the Championship build up there is the renowned Search for a Star workshop for all qualified combinations.

Entries will close on the 26th June. Late entries may be accepted with the addition of a late entry fee. Please see the Search for a Star rules for full details.

The remaining qualifiers for the 2018 SEIB Search for a Star and SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse series will be held at:

Vale View Equestrian Centre, Leicestershire – 5th August

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Lincolnshire – 2nd September (SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse only)

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