October 08, 2016 at 9:38 PM

SEIB Search for a Star Round up Day Four


The last SEIB Search for a Star classes got underway in the TopSpec Arena on day four of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). This series offers a unique opportunity for amateur horses and riders to learn and improve from the very best in the industry, as well as the chance to compete at this prestigious show. The classes are judged by Robert Oliver, Claire Oliver and Katie Jerram with commentary throughout.

First up in the Cobs was Andrew Johnson’s Quinton Earnest, a six-year-old Irish Draught. Andrew bought the gelding as a three-year-old straight from the field. He was to be a project while his other Cob was injured, but has now become a star in his own right. Andrew said: “The atmosphere was electric in there, but once he got trotting he settled down lovely. He rises to the occasion at shows and feels an extra hand bigger.” Andrew, who has lessons with producer Jo Bates, is hoping to get him jumping over the winter and would like to hunt him one day.

Winner of the Show Pony section was Margaret Kivell’s Newoak Flower Girl ridden by Emma James. They bought the pony, stable name ‘Petal’, last spring and she is now six. Petal enjoys hacking out at home on the farm alongside Emma’s brother on his quadbike! Emma said: “It was really amazing in there. Petal has a really nice temperament and is a member of the family.”

Finally, the Show Hunter Pony saw Joanne Jesson’s Greensyke Sonny Boy in the ribbons, ridden by daughter Amelia.

Amelia, who has partnered the pony since 2014, said: “Winning this sash makes all the training at home – the ups and the downs – worth it”.

The pair enjoy a number of disciplines including show jumping, one-day-events, dressage and they also like to hack out.

That concludes all class sections of the Search for a Star series final. All winners of each section will go forward to the final on Sunday where they will have another opportunity to show off their star qualities to the judges, this time in the Andrews Bowen International Arena.


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