The 2014 SEIB Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse Dates

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Champion Morgan Milner, Mathemadam Royal Ensign. Photo by Realtime Imaging
Champion Morgan Milner, Mathemadam Royal Ensign. Photo by Realtime Imaging

The 2014 series of the popular South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Search For A Star and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship will begin in April with five qualifiers throughout the country. Now entering its seventeenth successive year, Search For A Star was 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). SEIB has a strong ethos of putting something back into equestrian sport and the company takes an enthusiastic interest in all the competitions they sponsor.

The Search for a Star series has helped many horses to go on to a very successful show ring career, with some competitors going on to win open classes at HOYS. Each qualifying competition follows the same format, with classes for Working Hunters, Riding Club Show Horses, Riding Horse/Hacks, Show Hunters, Cobs and Show Ponies & Show Hunter Ponies. Search for a Star Judges, Richard Ramsay and David Bartram have many years’ experience in the show ring and are very helpful. There is always an opportunity after each class to speak with the judges who will offer advice on how to improve your horse for the show ring.

Search for a Star has an enviable reputation for supporting the true amateur and riders at the grass roots level. While lessons and professional advice are encouraged to help riders improve their game, competitors are expected to take part in the spirit of the competition and rules regarding eligibility are strictly enforced.

Held in conjunction with the Search For A Star Classes, the SEIB Racehorse To Riding Horse Show Championship was created to support and encourage the re-education of thoroughbreds taken out of racing, re-schooling them and preparing them for a new career in the show ring. The series is supported by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) and the winner of the championship will also collect the valuable ROR/SEIB Elite Performance Award for Showing. The classes are judged as for Riding Horses but the best of type, whether hack, riding horse or hunter, is deemed the winner.

Equine Insurance brokers, South Essex Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more. “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 South Essex Insurance Brokers.

The 2014 Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers will be held at:

27th April 2014
Osbaldeston Riding Centre, Blackburn, Lancs, BB2 7LZ
Tel & Fax: 01254 813159

11th May 2014
Vale View Equestrian Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX
Tel: 01664 823739

22nd June 2014
Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Hardwick, Gloucester, GL2 2RG
Tel: 01452 720 288

6th July 2014
Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT
Tel: 01525 222114

10th August 2014
Houghton Hall Equestrian & Alpaca Centre, Houghton, Cambs, PE28 2DY
Tel: 01480 700236 (during office hours only)

7th September 2014 (Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier Only)
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH

Finals, Horse Of The Year Show 8th – 12th October 2014
Birmingham NEC

The Search For A Star competition rules, comprehensive information, a downloadable schedule and entry form are available from, as well as the latest news, details of previous winners, what to wear and a great forum for riders to share their views.
More information on the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship is available from where you can download a schedule and entry form as well as the latest news, details of previous winners and take part in a forum for sharing your views. On this website, there are also details of the ROR/SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Elite Performance Awards – a points scheme open to all ex-racehorses competing in affiliated dressage, show jumping, eventing, endurance and showing.
Further information on all competitions sponsored by SEIB is available from our exciting new facebook pages at and

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