Mrs Elaine Place
Search for a Star Champion.
Photo Credit Anthony Reynolds. LBIPP. LMPA.
"Can't Buy" New Search Champion!
praise the champions at HOYS final
Winner of this year's South Essex Insurance Brokers Search
for a Star Supreme Championship at the Horse of the Year Show
was the show hunter Urishay, owned and ridden by Elaine Place
from Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire.
was the Place family's second attempt to win the title. Daughter
Laura, 20, competed unsuccessfully two years ago, but this
time it was mother, Elaine, with the "safe" horse
she bought so she could accompany her daughter to shows who
impressed the judges.
And even before the Supreme judging, she was getting offers
for the six-year-old chesnut gelding. "There's not enough
money to even tempt me," she said. "He's everything
champion was the hunter pony Hurstead Quince, ridden by 11-years-old
Amy Mitten from Flixton, Manchester. Amy, who has been riding for
three years, was distraught when she lost her pony earlier this
year and Quince was bought for her when the replacement pony was
for a Star, now in its seventh year, was introduced by South Essex
Insurance Brokers to give amateur riders an opportunity to compete
at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show and to identify future
equine stars. "And it just gets better and better," said
judge Robert Oliver, himself one of the leading producers and exhibitors
of show horses.
one of the horses or ponies competing for this Supreme Championship
could have gone into the show's Open classes and competed with the
very best in the country." And fellow judge, Anne Pritchard,
said: "All of the horses here are just classy. There's no other
way to describe them."
qualify for the Supreme Championship, competitors first had to win
their individual championship class. Other horses forward were:
Club Show Horse
- Sonic, ridden by Alexandra Patience from Essex
Cob - Hotspur II and Louisa Simpson, Buckinghamshire
Riding Horse/Hack - Vaguely Sensational, with Sarah Antemes, Lancashire
Working Hunter - Q.Update, ridden by Jayne Baker, North Somerset
Show Pony - Croftscourt Belmont and Cheryl Street from Cheshire
Essex Insurance Brokers managing Director Barry Fehler commented:
"Most people have absolute faith in their horses and ponies,
and we get satisfaction from seeing so many of them proving that
at an important national show. I had great hopes of this competition
from the very start, and they have all been justified."