The SEIB Search for a Star Riding for the Disabled (RDA) showing series will run for the third time in 2019. Successful horses and riders will qualify for the prestigious 2019 SEIB Search for a Star RDA final at the British Show Horse Association (BSHA) Hunter Championship Show at Addington on the 12th September.
There will be two qualifiers for the Search for a Star RDA showing series finals in 2019. The RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire will hold a qualifying class on the 12th July and the second qualifying class will be held at TOYS at Onley Equestrian Centre, Rugby on the 1st August. At TOYS there will also be a variety of other classes put on by SEIB for RDA competitors including a Showing Masterclass, Introduction to Showing class where riders may be led and there will also be Introduction to dressage RDA tests 2 and 4.
As part of the entry criteria for the Search for a Star RDA series, each competitor must be associated with an RDA Group and entries are subject to the Group’s approval of both horse and rider.
SEIB’s Marketing Manager Nicolina MacKenzie said: “At SEIB we are proud to be able to offer RDA riders the opportunity to take part in their own Search for a Star series. I am grateful to TOYS for the addition of the showing masterclass and the introduction to showing class and through these classes we hope to help give riders the confidence to have a go at the Search for a Star RDA qualifiers in 2020. We are delighted that the finals for this series will be once again held at the BSHA Hunter Championship.”
The SEIB Search for a Star RDA competition requires competitors to ride around the ring together in walk and trot before lining up and performing an individual show. Any type of horse or pony is able to compete and the class will be judged 30% on conformation, 30% on turnout and 40% on suitability, manners and way of going, so giving a good individual show will be important to the overall result. Full rules for the competition are to be found on the Search for a Star website.
The qualifiers for the 2019 SEIB RDA Showing series will be held at:
Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE – 12th July.
Onley Equestrian Centre, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 8AJ – 1st August.
The Finals for the 2019 SEIB RDA Showing series will be held at the BHSA Hunter Championship, Addington, Bucks – 12th September.
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Photo: 2018 SEIB Search for a Star Riding for the Disabled champions Tracy Steel riding John Hackett’s horse Johan’s Debut. Photo credit – Nico Morgan.