Showing classes shine at a sunny RWHS

Justine Armstrong riding Rosemore Midnight Rendezvous at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Essex-based producer Justine Armstrong celebrated after Jane O’Keeffe’s mannerly gelding, Rosemore Midnight Rendezvous, gave her a Championship win at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday, 4th May 2024. Winning the Small Riding Horse sponsored by Mr and Mrs Phil Swallow in the morning, the combination later went on to stand as Champion. “Apart from on Working Hunters, the last time I had a championship here was in 2002 on a Haflinger pony,” Armstrong-Small recalled, laughing. “But Rendezvous has been Champion on each of his three previous outings this season so we…

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Hickstead Derby Opens Up Exciting Opportunities for Last-Minute Qualification to Royal International

Hickstead Derby Opens Up Exciting Opportunities for Last-Minute Qualification to Royal International

In a groundbreaking move, all showing classes at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (20-23 June) will serve as qualifiers for the prestigious Agria Royal International Horse Show (23-28 July) for the very first time. This unprecedented decision provides competitors with a final opportunity to secure a qualification for the Royal International, as entries for this esteemed event are now extended for the combinations participating in the Derby Meeting. Lizzie Bunn, Director of Hickstead, explained the rationale behind this decision, stating, “It made more sense for us to offer qualifiers…

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Suffolk Punch Horse takes 2023 SEIB Search for a Star Championships at YHL

four-year-old, Suffolk Punch mare, Holbeache Scarlet winner of the Search for a Star Heavy Horse final

A Suffolk Punch Horse, owned by Stamford based, Andrea Hoskins took the Supreme Champion title in the Supreme SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Your Horse Live Championship on the 11th of November in the main SEIB Arena at Your Horse Live at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Andrea, of The George at Stamford, is an enthusiastic supporter of Suffolk Punch horses and rare breed heavy horses. Her four-year-old, Suffolk Punch mare, Holbeache Scarlet (feature image, credit SMR Photography) won the first ever in-hand Search for a Star Heavy Horse final…

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Homebred Hack on a high in SEIB Search for a Star HOYS Final

Jennifer Church and Bassingfield Dark Secret SEIB Champions HOYS 2023

A second-generation homebred horse took the amateur showing title in the SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Championship at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on the 6th October. British Warmblood, Bassingfield Dark Secret, and his rider, practising vet and new mother, Jennifer Church executed a foot-perfect final show under the bright lights of the HOYS main arena to take the title. Jennifer said: “I’m thrilled with him! Me and my mum are delighted to have achieved this with a horse we bred ourselves. This is our first…

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Henrik Von Eckermann and King Edward reign supreme on Day One

Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) riding King Edward - winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final - Omaha 2023. Final I

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 – Omaha (USA), by Louise Parkes In the thrilling opening Speed leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 in Omaha (USA), the reigning double world champions, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and the amazing King Edward, proved unbeatable once again. Taking full advantage of getting the best in draw, last to go, of the 40 starters from 19 nations to tackle the 13-fence track set by Portuguese course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral, the dynamic duo pinned longtime leaders Britain’s Scott Brash and…

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South of England Show to welcome unaffiliated competitors

South of England Show showjumping image

In yet another exciting move for equestrian sport, the organisers of the South of England Show have announced the 2023 event will host, for the first time in recent history, equine showing and showjumping classes for unaffiliated competitors.  Taking place on Friday 9th-Sunday 11th June 2023, the South of England show will host the classes that form part of the qualification for the London International Horse Show (LIHS) new series of showing classes, as well as showjumping qualifiers by the Sunshine Tour Championship. It aims to host a full programme…

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NEW £500 championship and heavy horses for SEIB Search for a Star 2023

NEW £500 championship and heavy horses for SEIB Search for a Star 2023

Following a bumper season in 2022, the SEIB Search for a Star series is well set for the year ahead. Long known as the premier amateur showing series in the UK, Search for a Star will include a brand new amateur heavy horse in-hand series this year. Further to the success of the Search for a Star Open Veteran Championship last year, the winner of this championship in 2023 will receive a £500 cash prize.  New for the 2023 running of the ever-popular SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse series is…

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HOYS Welcome Driven Heavy Horse Championship

HOYS Welcome Driven Heavy Horse Championship image of heavy horse pulling a trap

HOYS welcome a Championship for Driven Heavy Horses in the Andrews Bowen International Arena for 2023 Heavy horses have been part of Horse of the Year Show’s heritage since its early years, when audiences were presented with a majestic display to music as the heavy horses worked to harrow the main arena. Now in its 74th year, HOYS continues to understand and recognise the significance of supporting the heavy horse as the British heavy breeds continue to feature on the rare and endangered breeds list. This year the show will welcome a…

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Showing is coming home …

Image of horse and rider celebrating a win to represent the new showing series with the final taking place at London International Horse Show

New showing series with emphasis on inclusivity continues to gather momentum County and Agricultural Show organisers have responded extremely positively to the November 2022 announcement of a new Showing Series with finals at The London International Horse Show. There have been a significant number of organisers requesting permission to run classes from the series at their shows in 2023. Organisers of the Christmas London Show worked with the British Show Pony Society (BSPS), the British Show Horse Association (BSHA) and the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO), to create…

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New Opportunities Announced for Amateur Competitors Aiming to Compete at HOYS

Additional amateur HOYS competitions will feature in 2023 following the Grandstand Group taking management of the Showing Register

The Showing Register and Grandstand Group introduce 112 exclusive opportunities for Amateur Competitors Aiming to Compete at HOYS! Interested? Then read on to find out more. Following the announcement that Grandstand Group will be taking forward the management of The Showing Register (TSR), the organisations have been working hard to introduce some exciting opportunities for the amateur and home-produced competitor in the upcoming season. “Together we are pleased to announce that The Showing Register Summer Show, taking place on 15th and 16th July 2023 at Stoneleigh Park, will be made…

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Brand New Showing Series Announced

New Showing Series announce for 2023

Organisers of The London International Horse Show announced an exciting new Showing Series to run in 2023 with finals taking place at the renowned annual Christmas horse show in London in December.   The organisers have worked with the British Show Pony Society (BSPS), the British Show Horse Association (BSHA) and ASAO, to create a joint series that consists of 23 different classes which will be held at ASAO member shows including BSHA Rising Star classes for Hunters, Hacks, Cobs, Riding Horses and Show Horses and BSPS classes for Performance Ponies…

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Lead Rein Section A pony takes the SEIB Search for a Star Title

North Warwickshire Pony Club member, Emily Hiscox and her mother, Heather Hiscox’s, Welsh section A pony, Thistledown Elpaso. Image credit SMR Photography

The winner of the inaugural Pony Club SEIB Search for a Star Your Horse Live lead rein final, Thistledown Elpaso and his seven-year-old rider Emily Hiscox took the top title at the SEIB Search for a Star Championship in the main SEIB arena at Your Horse Live on the 12th November. Finn Williamson and Kirsty Wilson’s dark bay mare Port Lou Lou took the in-hand championship title. Champions of all shapes and sizes were crowned across eleven finals at the SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Your Horse Live Championship…

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First-ever Search for a Star Pony Club Championships take place next weekend!

Thistledown Elpaso / owned by Heather Hiscox and ridden by Emily Hiscox from the North Warwickshire Branch of the Pony Club

Ponies from across Great Britain to take part in the first ever SEIB Search for a Star Pony Club Championships at Your Horse Live The first ever SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Pony Club Your Horse Live Championships will take place in the main SEIB Arena at Your Horse Live at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on the 11th  and 12th November 2022. Each of the four nations of Great Britain are represented in this exciting championship with young riders and their ponies travelling from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales for the…

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2022 SEIB Search for a Star Championship all Set

Chantelle Chapman and Greenholme Falcon 2018 SFAS M and M champions

The SEIB Search for a Star Your Horse Live Championships will take place in the main arena at Your Horse Live at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on the 11th  and 12th November 2022.  The SEIB Search for a Star Your Horse Live championship is set to be bigger and more exciting than ever this year with a total of eleven championship finals on the Friday of the show. For the first time ever, a Search for a Star Supreme Championship will be held for all the amateur finals winners on the Saturday…

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Minella Rebellion takes the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse HOYS title

Minella Rebellion Katie Dashwood

SEIB Insurance Brokers Racehorse to Riding Horse championship In what she has described as a ‘bucket list achievement’, Katie Dashwood’s stunning bay ex-racehorse, Minella Rebellion, took the 2021 SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse title at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on the 6th October, 2021. This was the first appearance for the combination in the popular HOYS final and a first win at the show for Katie after years of campaigning in the Racehorse to Riding Horse classes. By Kings Theatre, the nine-year-old gelding, Minella Rebellion was in training…

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Showing rider, Melissa Hatton’s sudden death leaves showing community in mourning

Showing Rider, Melissa Hatton's Sudden Death Leaves Equestrian Community in Mourning

Showing rider, Melissa Hatton’s sudden death leaves the showing and wider community in mourning. Melissa, a 24-year-old teacher from Derbyshire, died suddenly in her sleep on Saturday 3rd July. There was no cause or explanation for the young rider’s death, with the news coming as an indescribable shock to those close to her. Melissa enjoyed success at the top level of showing. She regularly competed on ponies and intermediates in the show ring, starting her journey aged 3, at her local riding club. Aged seven, she progressed to national level showing.…

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Bolesworth and Liverpool International Horse Show Welcome Showing for the First Time

Bolesworth Showing to be welcomed to the 2021 event

Bolesworth and Liverpool International Horse Show Welcome Showing for the First Time The Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show is welcoming showing classes to the calendar for the very first time. Set to run 7th-11th July, this year’s event is anticipated to attract competitors from across the UK for the LeMieux Mountain & Moorland Direct Qualifier in the Main Arena on Wednesday 7th July, with the coveted Supreme Championship Final to be held at Liverpool International Horse Show. Traditionally hosted at Olympia, the final will take place on New Year’s Day…

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Jayne Ross Shines in Hickstead Showing Classes

Competition winner Laura Moore presents the prize for The Alltech Supreme Hack Championship to Jayne Ross riding Forgeland Hyde Park

Jayne Ross has once again proved she is the queen of showing following a number of wins during this year’s Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting. Some of the country’s top show riders and producers headed down to West Sussex showground to compete in the showing classes, which included a number of Horse of the Year Show qualifiers. For a second year running the prize for The Alltech Supreme Hack Championship was presented by the winner of a joint competition between Alltech and World Horse Welfare. Laura Moore from Bristol was…

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Kent Farrington and Creedance Win $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7

Kent Farrington and Creedance. Photo Credit © Sportfot.

Kent Farrington and Creedance Win $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington (USA) and RCG Farm’s Creedance were victorious in the $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 on Thursday, February 23, at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. Watch Kent Farrington and Creedance in action below Week seven, sponsored by Suncast®, features CSI 5*/2* competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) through Sunday, February 26. The $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix CSI 5* is the…...

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Alltech Continue to Support Showing Classes at Hickstead

Alltech are Supporting the Showing Classes at Hickstead for a Third Year in 2017

Alltech Continue to Support Showing Classes at Hickstead Leading global animal health and performance company, Alltech, has launched their third continuous year of support for a number of showing classes at the Hickstead Derby Meeting (22nd – 25th June). Since the very first Hickstead Derby in 1961, many of the country’s top riders and producers have competed at Hickstead each June. Every fence in the course is a challenge, making the Hickstead Derby Meeting best known for its international showjumping classes.  However, there is plenty of other choice available too, as…

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Two worthy winners take Absorbine Showing Groom of the Year title

Groom of the Year Awards Hilary Curtis receiving her award from Rachael Holdsworth of Absorbine. Credit Equinational

Two worthy winners take Absorbine Showing Groom of the Year title The Absorbine Groom of the Year Award, presented at the Showing Council/Showing World Awards Dinner held at the East of England Showground on the 22nd October, was split into two sections to recognise the valuable contribution of both professional and amateur grooms.  Jamie Punchard, groom for show producer Katy Carter based in Staffordshire, received the award for Professional Groom of the Year, and Hilary Curtis from Sussex, won the award for the amateur section. Over five hundred showing enthusiasts…

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Showing awards supported by Spillers welcome standing ovations

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It was a night of standing ovations as showing awards were handed out a-plenty as leading luminaries were recognised by the showing community at the seventh Showing Council/Showing World Show Personality of the Year Awards, Supported by SPILLERS. Allister Hood was the delighted winner of showing’s most prestigious honour the SPILLERS®/Showing World Outstanding Achievement Award and in his acceptance speech paid tribute to all his team who have supported him through what started out as a difficult year. In a BAFTA style video link Nick Brooks-Ward echoed the thoughts of everyone…

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SEIB RDA Showing Success at National Championships

SEIB RDA Showing 1st Imogen Dark on Jimmy Jones

SEIB RDA Showing Success at National Championships RDA Showing Success The inaugural SEIB Search for a Star Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Showing Master Class was herald an enormous success, held at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury College on the 15th July.  Nine riders volunteered as guinea pigs and each put in an excellent performance for the crowd that had gathered for this evening class. The experienced judging team, consisting of Richard Ramsay, David Bartram, David Ingle and Chris Lawton, are all showing professionals and are well-known for judging the…

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Search for a Star Qualifier at Osbaldeston 9th April 2016

2014 Search for a Star champions Diamond Roulette and Nikki Johnson. Credit ES Photography

Search for a Star Qualifier Dates for 2016. The year is set to be another busy one for the SEIB Insurance Brokers’ Search for a Star series which gets underway on the 9th April at Osbaldeston Riding Centre, Blackburn.  Search for a Star was created in the 1990’s by leading insurance company, SEIB Insurance Brokers and provides the opportunity for amateur riders to qualify for the Search for a Star finals at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) each year. Over this time, SEIB Search for a Star has become…

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Alltech to Continue Support of Showing Classes at Hickstead in 2016

Alltech to Continue Support of Showing Classes at Hickstead in 2016

Alltech to Continue Support of Showing Classes at Hickstead in 2016 Alltech is delighted to continue their support of a number of showing classes at The Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting (23rd – 26th June).   With a number of Horse of the Year Show qualifying tickets on offer and a wide range of classes, many of the country’s top riders and producers head to Hickstead each June. As well as being one of the major fixtures in the summer showing calendar, The Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting is best known for its international…

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