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Horse of the Year Show qualifying show in Melton Mowbray


24thMarch 2023

Press release -for immediate release - Please find image (as per caption below) here - Vale View ponies

SEIB Search for a Star 2023 first qualifier in Melton Mowbray



Qualify for Horse of the Year Show in Search for a Star at Melton Mowbray venue


The first SEIB Search for a Star qualifier of 2023 will take place at Vale View Equestrian Centre near Melton Mowbray on 23rdApril. Long known as the premier amateur showing series in the UK, Search for a Star offers riders and their horses the chance to qualify for prestigious finals at Horse of the Year Show and Your Horse Live.

Entries are now open for the qualifier at Vale View, which will include brand new classes for an amateur heavy horse in-hand series. At Vale View there will also be a qualifying class for the Search for a Star Open Veteran Championship which offers a cash prize of £500 to the champion.

Search for a Star first took place back in 1996 and over the years has provided thousands of opportunities for amateur riders to compete at championship shows with many going on to compete with success in open classes.

At Vale View on the 23rdApril Search for a Star classes with finals at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) include; hacks, hunters, working pony, working horses, riding horses, traditional gypsy cobs - of any colour, show cobs, and the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse final. Qualify for championship finals at Your Horse Live in Search for a Star in; ridden open veterans, Pony Club horses and ponies, mountain and moorlands and for in-hand horses and ponies; heavy horse, plaited horse, plaited pony, mountain and moorland and veteran.

The SEIB Search for a Star judges and stewards will be on hand to help and mentor all competitors at qualifying shows. In addition to this Search for a Star has two ‘Weekender' events planned for 2023. These will include a day of training followed by a full qualifying show for both Horse of the Year Show and Your Horse Live, one in Scotland and one in England.

SEIB's Marketing Manager, Nicolina MacKenzie said: "Last year a Shire qualified for the Your Horse Live Search for a Star championships and to celebrate this success we have created a class for heavy horse breeds.  We are looking forward to seeing more Shires plus Suffolks, Clydesdales and maybe a continental heavy draft horse or two competing in Search for a Star. The addition of the £500 first prize in the open veteran finals will add an extra dimension to this class.

Please the SEIB Search for a Star facebook page for information and to enter.

Leading equine Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers set up Search for a Star over 20 years ago so they could offer a unique competition opportunity to many of their amateur rider customers. SEIB has a long association with the showing world and is renowned for ‘putting something back' by supporting many equestrian events and activities in addition to Search for a Star. 

In the meantime - if you need to insure your horse, horsebox, trailer, yard or business - SEIB are here to help so please give us a call on 01708 850000 or #SEIBhere2help


The 2023 SEIB Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifying shows will take place at:


Sunday 23rdApril 2023at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3LX


Saturday 3rdJune 2023(Search for a Star workshop) andSunday 4thJune 2023(qualifying competition) at Netherton Equestrian Centre, Netherton Farm, Aberargie, Perthshire, PH2 9NE, Perth, Scotland.


JULY 2023DATE AND VENUE TBC Northern Ireland(Pony Club only)


Friday 14th July 2023(Search for a Star workshop) andSaturday 15th July 2023(qualifying competition) at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ - courtesy ofThe Showing Register (TSR)Championship.


Wednesday 2ndAugust 2023at Arena UK, Allington Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2EF - courtesy of Equifest.


Saturday 12thAugust 2023at Brendon Stud, Haresdean Farm, Pyecombe, Brighton BN45 7EG.


Saturday 19th August 2023at The Pony Club Championships at Offchurch Bury, Warwickshire CV33 9AR.(Pony Club only)


Sunday 3rdSeptember 2023 at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Burghley House, Burghley Park,

Stamford PE9 3JY.  (SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse only)



Photo: Search for a Star Pony Club qualifying riders at Vale View in 2022. Credit SMR Photos. 

For further press information please contact Jenny Viner 

More information about SEIB Insurance Brokers:

  • Barry Fehler founded SEIB as a 17-year-old in 1963 when the concept of horse insurance was virtually non-existent. He created how own insurance for one of his very successful show horses, found a company to underwrite it, and everything really began from there.
  • SEIB, often through its ‘hands on' experience, provides a complete range of insurance for the equestrian enthusiast.
  • SEIB has put a great deal back into the horse world through sponsorship and supporting equestrian events and activities
  • SEIB is well known for their insurance for riding schools and livery yards, offering a wide range of cover for different situations and liability with competitive premiums.
  • SEIB is an official partner of the national governing body for horse sports in the UK, British Equestrian.
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