New class and money prize introduced for SEIB Seek for a Star

  • A brand new heavy horse class – and a brand new £500 prize – have been introduced for the 2023 SEIB Seek for a Star (SFAS) sequence.

    The sequence was based greater than 20 years in the past, to supply a “distinctive competitors alternative” for newbie riders.

    It hosts qualifiers exhibits across the nation, providing tickets for the SFAS finals in lessons hacks, hunters, working pony, working horses, driving horses, conventional gypsy cobs, present cobs, and the racehorse to driving horse closing, on the Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS). The ridden open veterans, Pony Membership horses and ponies, in-hand mountain and moorlands, heavy horse, plaited horse, plaited pony and mountain and moorland veteran finals, happen at Your Horse Reside.

    An SEIB spokesman mentioned following a “bumper” season in 2022, the sequence is “properly set for the 12 months forward” – and 2023 will embrace a brand new in-hand heavy horse class. Additionally new for this 12 months is a £500 prize for the open veteran championship, following the success of this closing final 12 months. Within the racehorse to driving horse sequence a brand new amateur-only competitors, run by The Exhibiting Register, will happen on 15 July at Stoneleigh Park, with two HOYS tickets up for grabs.

    “Final 12 months a Shire certified for the Your Horse Reside Seek for a Star championships and to have fun this success we’ve got created a category for heavy horse breeds. We’re wanting ahead to seeing extra Shires plus Suffolks, Clydesdales and possibly a continental heavy draft horse or two competing,” the spokesman mentioned, including that the brand new £500 first prize within the open veteran finals this 12 months will add an “further dimension” to this class.

    “We’re delighted to have secured the chance to take two extra horses ahead to the racehorse to driving horse HOYS championship. Now we have lengthy listened to our rivals within the class and these two further locations will likely be solely open to strictly newbie riders and their thoroughbreds.”

    The primary SFAS and racehorse to driving horse qualifier takes place on 23 April at Vale View Equestrian, Leicestershire.

    “The SEIB Seek for a Star judges and stewards will likely be readily available to assist and mentor all rivals at qualifying exhibits,” mentioned the spokesman.

    “Along with this, Seek for a Star has two ‘weekender’ occasions deliberate for 2023. These will embrace a day of coaching adopted by a full qualifying present for HOYS and Your Horse Reside, with one in Scotland and one in England.”

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