For A Star Finalists To Finalists To Take Centre Stage At HOYS
commentary is a bonus for audiences, say organisers
South Essex Insurance Brokers "Search for a Star" competition,
which gives amateur riders and owners the opportunity to compete
nationally, is this year to take centre stage at the Horse of the
for the competition's Supreme Champion title will be held in the
main arena on Friday (October 8). "This is the supreme accolade,"
said South Essex Insurance Brokers managing director Barry Fehler.
"We started this search for amateur talent in 1996, and in
eight years the competition has achieved recognition throughout
the horse world and our winners have gone on to make their marks
in prestigious open classes countrywide."
of the most popular elements of "Search for a Star" is
that at selection days competitors can discuss their horses with
the judges after each class and at the Birmingham final, judges
Robert Oliver and Anne Pritchard use radio microphones to give a
commentary on their thoughts and opinions of the horses and ponies
forward for judging.
Mike Gill, a director of the HOYS organising company, Grandstand
Media, said: "There is no doubt that this is a popular series
with both competitors and spectators. What helps to draw the crowds
is the commentary given by the judges, and because many people who
come to the Horse of the Year Show are not familiar with showing,
we thought it would help if we put the supreme judging before as
many people as possible"
Fehler added: "The audiences as well as the competitors seem
to really appreciate this opportunity to get first-hand opinion
from the experts. You also get confirmation of the competition's
standing by the number of professionals in the audiences with cheque
books in their pockets - not that many of our winners seem to be
interested in selling!"
for the Search for a Star individual champions will be Wednesday
and Thursday, while Friday's audiences - who will be taking advantage
of tickets which allow them to see both afternoon and evening performances
- will be able to see both the final and judging for the Hunter
2004 search for previously unrecognised horses and ponies starts
19 at Addington Equestrian Centre and moves on to Merrist Wood (June
Hand Equestrian Centre (July 11), Osbaldeston (July 18) and Towerlands
have introduced new venues and returned to some we used earlier
in the series for our qualifying classes so that as many people
as possible get an opportunity to be selected for the final,"
said organiser Nicolina MacKenzie, the company's equine marketing
the last seven years, finalists have been given the opportunity
to compete at the Royal International Horse Show, Royal Windsor
Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show, which is now held at
the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, this year on October
6 - 10.
for this year are unchanged and are.-
Riding Club Show Horse
Show Ponies and Show Hunter Ponies
fee is £32, with reductions for British Horse Society members
and anyone insuring through South Essex Insurance Brokers. Entry
forms and more information are available by sending a self addressed
envelope to The Secretary, Search for a Star, 5 Magpie Drive, Totton,
Southampton, SO40 8TE