The next in the series of SEIB Search for a Star classes took place on day three of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). Five-year-old Sports Horse Geoffrey, owned by Louise Halsall, showed a presence beyond his years to claim victory in the Working Hunter class among nine strong contenders who had all qualified at various shows across the country.
Emma Wilson was in the saddle. She said: “I am over the moon, he’s a star. We’ve had him a year and we hunt with the Warwickshire.”
Geoffrey, named by Louise’s daughter, came over from Ireland last year as a four-year-old. He was fairly green to jump but Emma has successfully brought him on.
Reflecting on the course Emma said: “He didn’t look at anything. He’s awesome to jump and takes everything in.”
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.
Class sections continue on Saturday before the final on Sunday.
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