Sarah Hind, 27, from Newthorpe, qualified for the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) at the SEIB Insurance Broker’s Search for a Star 2016 qualifier held at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Slapton, Buckinghamshire on 3rd July. Sarah won the show hunter section, which was well-attended with 21 entries, aboard her thirteen-year-old gelding Take the Biscuit.
Sarah has owned the horse for a year, and has introduced him to showing herself. They contested the SFAS qualifier at Vale View in August and have since shown locally. They now plan to go to the Bakewell Show for the Amateur Royal International qualifier, and have a full diary of show planned. Sarah, who is a small animal veterinary nurse, is supported at shows by her mother, Sally.
“She’s my unpaid groom and driver,” laughs Sarah. “This is like a dream,” says Sally. “We never thought we would do it – we go to HOYS every year to watch!”
The SEIB Search for a Star series has been created by SEIB to encourage amateur riders to produce their horses to a high standard in the show ring and giving them the opportunity to compete at the prestigious finals at the Horse of The Year Show (HOYS). Each qualifying competition follows the same format, with classes for Working Hunters, Riding Club Show Horses, Show Hunters, Show Ponies & Show Hunter Ponies, Riding Horse/Hacks and Cobs.
“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.
Sarah will compete at the SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Championship finals at the Horse of The Year Show, 5th – 9th October 2016, at the Birmingham NEC.