Showing World Now Takes Search For A Star Seriously!
selection venues in Surrey and Yorkshire
South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star competition starts
its eighth year with a frank statement from one of its judges -
"at last the professionals are taking us seriously."
Pritchard, who with Robert Oliver has judged every final since the
search began, said: "We have found some wonderful horses, but
because the competition is for amateurs and because we give a running
commentary and explain our decisions, many of the top people in
the showing world refused to take us seriously.
I look around the audience at the Horse of the Year Show final and
recognise so many faces; then I listen to Search for a Star owners
talking about the offers they are refusing for their horses and
realise that this competition really has been accepted into the
for a Star is designed to give amateur owners and riders the opportunity
to compete at a major, national show. Selection days are held around
the country and chosen horses are invited to the prestigious Horse
of the Year Show, to be held for the second time at the National
Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Last year's launch at the NEC was
a resounding success and this year it is scheduled for September
Essex showed a great deal of courage in even suggesting that amateurs
might have horses up to the high level found at this show,"
said Mrs Pritchard. "But many of the horses that reach the
final - not just the supreme champion - are often good enough to
go through and compete in the open classes."
venues in Surrey and Yorkshire have been added to this year's competition,
and for the first time there will be championship rosettes for both
riding horses and hacks. "The standard has risen so much that
we really feel they have graduated from competing against each other
and deserve their own recognition," said organiser Nicolina
MacKenzie, the South Essex equestrian marketing manager.
selected for the final will again be offered the opportunity for
guidance in schooling and producing their animals for a major show
from selection judges Richard and Marjorie Ramsay.
days this year will be held at:
7 Osbaldeston Equestrian Centre, Lancs
June 28 West Wilts Equestrian Centre
July 19 Merrist Wood College, Surrey
July 20 College Equestrian Centre, Bedford
August 10 Richmond Equestrian Centre, Yorkshire
for the 2003 season will be:
Riding Club Show Horse
Show Ponies and Show Hunter Ponies
fee is £30, with reductions for British Horse Society members
and anyone insuring through South Essex Insurance Brokers.Entry
forms and more information is available by sending a self addressed
envelope to The Secretary, Search for a Star, 5 Magpie Drive, Totton,
Southampton, SO40 8TE