Search for a Star Qualifier Bury Farm 3rd July 2016

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Search for a Star Qualifier Bury Farm


The 2016 SEIB Search for a Star series continues on the 3rd July at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire, providing the opportunity for amateur riders to qualify for the Search for a Star finals at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) each year.

SEIB Search for a Star was created in the 1990’s by leading insurance company, SEIB Insurance Brokers. Over this time, SEIB Search for a Star has become the pinnacle of ambition for many amateur riders and provided numerous success stories.  Several horses and riders that have been successful in Search for a Star have gone on to compete in open classes with great success.

The SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star series takes place at five qualifying shows over the spring and summer throughout the country, before the all-important HOYS final.  There are five classes at each qualifying show including, Working Hunter, Riding Club Show Horse, Show Hunter, Show and Show Hunter Ponies, Riding Horse and Hacks and Cob classes.


The team of Search for a Star Judges, Richard Ramsay, David Bartram, David Ingle and Chris Lawton, 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. Competitors often find that, having listened to the advice given after the class and worked hard before their next show, they come back to a subsequent qualifier and their performance is much improved.  No joining or registration fees are required to compete in SEIB Search for a Star, but all entrants must adhere to the eligibility rules which are strictly enforced.

Running alongside SEIB Search for a Star is the popular SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship series, also with a prestigious final at Horse of the Year Show.  This class was started over 10 years ago by SEIB to give support and recognition to those retraining racehorses and is now a very popular and competitive HOYS Final. The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse of the Year has the honour of going forward to the Supreme Horse of the Year final. The next qualifier for the 2016 series of SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse also takes place at Bury Farm on 3rd July.

Leading equine insurers, SEIB 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 SEIB Insurance Brokers.

Entries for both series close on 20th June and entries can be made online via the website. The SEIB Search for A Star competition rules, comprehensive information, a downloadable schedule and entry form is available from  More information on the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship is available from where you can download a schedule and entry form or enter online from.

The new SEIB Horse Hive is the place to stay up to date with all the competition news from SEIB.  By registering online, members will receive advanced notice of events and exclusive offers from SEIB.  Visit for details.

Our social media pages are full of updates and photos and are a great place to share your SEIB Search for a Star or Racehorse to Riding Horse experience.  Find us at, and


The 2016 Search for a Star and Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifiers will be held at:

3rd July 2016

Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT

Tel:  01525 222114


7th August 2016

Vale View Equestrian Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX

Tel:  01664 823739


4th September 2016 (Racehorse to Riding Horse Qualifier Only)

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH


Finals, Horse Of The Year Show 5th – 9th October 2016

Birmingham NEC

Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH



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