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Chesterfield vet wins national championship at Horse of the Year Show



SEIB Insurance Brokers- Press Release


13th October 20232


SEIB Search for a Star 2023

IMAGES - Credit 1st Class Images - PLEASE CLICK HERE - SFAS Champs 2023 and SFAS Champs 2023 2


Bolsover vet wins at Horse of the Year Show



A vet from Bolsover, Chesterfield has won a national title with her homebred horse at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) at the Birmingham NEC.

Jennifer Church and her mother, Helen Church's horse, Bassingfield Dark Secret took the hotly contested amateur SEIB Search for a Star championship in the dazzling HOYS International Arena at the NEC on the 6th October. Over 1,000 competitors entered Search for a Star this year and Jennifer and Zeus, as the horse is known, fought them all off to take the prestigious title.

Jennifer and Zeus executed a foot-perfect final show to take the championship. Jennifer said: "I'm thrilled with Zeus. Me and my mum are delighted to have achieved this with a horse we bred ourselves. This is our first proper season showing and Zeus as he is known at home has been to just five shows this year."

SEIB Insurance Brokers set up the Search for a Star series, with its HOYS finals nearly 30 years ago to give amateur riders and their horses the chance to compete at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). The series has led to many competitors achieving this dream. Search for a Star qualifiers have taken place from April through to August this year, right across the country from Perthshire down to Sussex. 

Jennifer and Zeus won their qualifying Search for a Star show at Vale View Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire back in April this year in order to gain their HOYS ticket. They have then spent the Summer months training hard before the HOYS Championships. In the preliminary Search for a Star finals at HOYS, the pair won the Riding Horse Hack section on Wednesday 4th October, before coming forward for the overall SIB Search for a Star championship on the Friday afternoon.

Top show producer, Katie Jerram-Hunnable, former Olympic eventer, Chris Hunnable and up and coming show producer and rider, Hannah Horton judged the SEIB Search for a Star finals. All three judges spoke over the microphone during the classes which provided some very educational and entertaining insights. Many Search for a Star competitors and finalists have made the most of the expert support offered by the team of top judges and gone on to success in open classes.

SEIB Marketing Manager Nicolina Mackenzie said: "Search for a Star provides a unique opportunity for our amateur riders and this year has been a massive success. We have received lots of great feedback from competitors who are delighted by the support, advice and positive attitudes offered from our team of judges and stewards. Search for a Star is about so much more than getting a red rosette. One of our competitors this year waited 53 years from her childhood dream of competing at HOYS to entering the ring on her cob last week!"

Leading equine Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more.   The company has a long association with the showing world and is renowned for ‘putting something back' by supporting equestrian events and activities. 

For full details, rules and entry forms visit Find SEIB Search for a Star on Facebook at:

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 visit #SEIBhere2help.

Images - Jennifer Church and Bassingfield Dark Secret win the SEIB Search for a Star Championship at HOYS 2023. C 1st Class Images. Presentation pic - L to R - Nicolina MacKenzie Marketing Manager SEIB, Jenny Viner of JV Communications, Bipin Thaker Chief Operating Officer SEIB.

Results SEIB Search for a Star Championships at Horse of the Year Show 2023.


SEIB Search for a Star Champion 2023

Bassingfield Dark Secret owned by Helen Church and ridden by Jennifer Church from Derbyshire.


SEIB Search for a Star Reserve Champion 2022

Killycloghan Masterson owned and ridden by Hayley Came-Boyce from Cheshire





1st- Billy Wilson, owned and ridden by Kelly Driver from West Midlands

2nd- King Charmer owned by Jamie Parry and ridden by India Richmond-Pinnington from Merseyside

3rd- Toaster owned and ridden by Ruby Butler from Staffordshire

4th-Black Jack owned by Catherine Mawdsley and ridden by Molly Stowe from Lancashire

5th- Jack In A Box owned by Julie Bakter and ridden by Diane Grinyer from West Sussex

6th- LK Junior owned and ridden by Ryley Brookes from Lincolnshire




1st- Lochân Beag Rôgaire owned and ridden by Rebecca Giles from Leicestershire

2nd- Cwmtysswg Estafan owned and ridden by Milly Morris from Fife

3rd- Dashd Wreckless Love owned by Antonia List and ridden by Paige Farmer from Nottinghamshire

4th- Duffberrys Yogi Bear owned by Deborah Kershaw and ridden by Madisson Slattery from Lancashire

5th- Treflan Robin Goch owned by Jemma Millman and ridden by Grace Morgan from Surrey



1st-Mein Rebel owned and ridden by Harriet Johnson from Norfolk

2nd- Geronimo, owned and ridden by Libby Taylor from Kent

3rd- Clorogue Spotty owned by Danielle Moule and ridden by Maddison Moule from South Yorkshire

4th- Sydney Down Under owned and ridden by Krystan Blackie from Stirlingshire



1stRIDING HORSE -Symphony of Kings owned and ridden by Holly Gray from Kent

2nd- Reality Bites owned and ridden by Laura Tylor from Oxfordshire

3rd- Clooneen Claudia owned and ridden by Andrew Orchard from West Sussex

4th- Otterburn Kings Ginger owned by Annabel Haggas and ridden by Tina Carswell from North Yorkshire

5th- Dark Dancer Keisha Reign owned and ridden by Lucy Chambers from Preston

6th- Dowhills Brun Force, owned and ridden by Brooke Molyneaux from Lancashire

1stHACK - Bassingfield Dark Secret owned by Helen Church and ridden by Jennifer Church from Derbyshire

2nd- Carrhouse Jersey Girl owned by Sally Jones-Percival and ridden by Imogen Jones-Percival from Lancashire

3rd- HA Mont Brilliant owned by Dawn Bagley and ridden by Eve Bagley from Cumbria

4th-Rockridge Cassandra owned and ridden by Sophie Church from Perthshire



1st- Cortina owned and ridden by Lisa Hardy from Nottinghamshire

2nd- Grane Valley Mr Bedford, owned and ridden by Lauren Bull from Lancashire

3rd- Perllandu Lyrical Interlude owned and ridden by Francesca Bell from Northumberland

4th- Contender, owned and ridden by Rachael Dilworth from West Yorkshire

5th- Digswell Diamond owned by Ailsa Duff and ridden by Louise Charles from Hertfordshire

6th- Mister Quinn owned and ridden by Kathryn Mort from Manchester





1st- Killycloghan Masterson owned and ridden by Hayley Came-Boyce from Cheshire

2nd- Cullenbay Heaven Sent owned and ridden by Fiona Menzies from Aberdeenshire

3rd- Midnight Flight owned and ridden by Kelle King from Warwickshire

4th- Darco's Hallmark owned and ridden by Philippa Heler from Shropshire

5th- Jacobs Finn owned and ridden by Karen Shutler from Nottinghamshire

6th- Dowdstown Hero owned by Jayne Hillier and ridden by Danielle Lethbridge from Hampshire




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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.
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  • SEIB has put a great deal back into the horse world through sponsorship and supporting equestrian events and activities
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