The first SEIB Search for a Star classes got underway in the TopSpec Arena on day two of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). This series offers a unique opportunity for amateur horses and riders to learn and improve from the very best in the industry, as well as the chance to compete at this prestigious show. The classes are judged by Robert Oliver, Claire Oliver and Katie Jerram with commentary throughout.
The winner of each section will go forward to the final on Sunday where they will have another opportunity to show off their star qualities to the judges, this time in the Andrews Bowen International Arena. The Hack winner was Izzat Starlight ridden by Elishia Melnyk and owned by Terri Melnyk. After a whirlwind HOYS appearance, Elishia is due back at work tomorrow, where she admits she will be proudly wearing her sash! The pair will be heading home tonight and returning at the weekend.
Elishia said: “It all went so fast. I was just thinking how amazing it was in there and I’m so excited for Sunday.”
The Riding Horse section went to Aramis owned and ridden by Chloe Hiscock. Chloe bought the dun gelding as an unbroken three year old. Chloe said: “He has a fantastic temperament; he can be sharp but he knows when he needs to show off and he loved it in there”. She continued: “We’ve done a few shows since qualifying to keep him out and about, and have had some lessons as well.”
Seven-year-old bay gelding Kerannen Brynn took the Riding Club Show Horse with Jenny Eyton-Jones (pictured), who has also had her horse since a three year old. Jenny got married just three weeks ago and has had to put the honeymoon on hold for HOYS! “It was just amazing,” said Jenny. “I love his personality – he’s so genuine. We’ve won some workers at Riding Club level and he goes for anything I point him at.”
The last class of the day was the Show Hunter, which went to Chestnut mare Yorkies Purple Diamond and Vicki Rogers. Vicki bought the mare as a yearling, initially to be a broodmare and she has produced two beautiful foals for Vicki. Vicki said: “She was broken at seven years old. We hunt with the Dartmoor and South Devon and I’m hoping to bring her out as a worker next year. She has a really sweet and lovely temperament; she knows she has a job to do and is happy to do it.”
Class sections continue on today and Saturday before the final on Sunday.
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