• Search for a Star
  • Search for a Star
  • Search for a Star



Search for a Star was designed to give amateur riders and owners an opportunity to compete at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show and to identify top class horses and ponies which may otherwise not be given the opportunity to compete at this level. It is however, run by professionals and the standards imposed are identical to those applied to professionals.

One fundamental difference is that at HOYS the judges will use radio microphones to give their thoughts and explain their decisions and at the qualifiers the competitors will have a chance to talk to the judges to find out where they went right and wrong.

The competition has gone from strength to strength and the standards have steadily improved so that it is now one of the most closely followed competitions at Horse of the Year Show.

The horses and riders that qualify for Horse of the Year Show are invited to attend a training workshop to help prepare for the big occasion.

For some tips on the competition, go to our news page for some helpful hints.



Owners intending to enter the SEIB Search for q Star showing series this year should check that their horse’s passport is up to date with the owner’s details, and that the correct owner is declared on the entry form. As part of their drive to ensure eligibility of horses, the organisers must see every qualified horse’s passport on the day of the qualifier and anyone unable to comply will not be invited to compete at HOYS.


Competitors that are awarded a HOYS ticket in qualifying events will be required to present their horse’s valid passport to the secretary to complete their eligibility for HOYS.  A valid passport must show the current owner’s name and address as entered on the SFAS entry form, and the owners details must have been verified by the Passport Issuing Office (PIO), ie the details must be over stamped by the PIO.  Please also bring a photocopy to leave with the secretary.


Is your horse eligible for the Show Cob class?

As the Search for a Star schedule does not have a height limit for the cob class there has been a lot of interest in the competition from owners of smaller cob type ponies.    The height limit was removed when it was decided that maxi cobs could participate but the class remains for horses. Even… Read more...

2014 dates announced

Please find dates below for the SEIB Search for a Star showing series for 2014.  Schedules and further info will be available mid to end February 2014.  The SEIB Racehorse to Riding horse Show Horse qualifiers will be held at the same venues on the same dates. 27th April 2014 Osbaldeston Riding… Read more...

Hairies Can Enter Search For A Star

The SEIB Search For A Star Championship has become one of the most popular showing series in the calendar, but owners of native or traditional types, particularly coloured horses, often bemoan the lack of a class for this type.  Sadly the tight schedule at the qualifiers and the lack of available… Read more...

Tips from the Judges for Search for a Star Competitors

1. Do not worry if you are not sure about what category your horse should compete in for example are they a riding horse or a hunter, is it a show hunter pony or a show pony?   The judges will point you in the right direction2. Try to hire an indoor school or go to an indoor show prior to the… Read more...

How to Cope at HOYS!

A coveted place to compete at the Horse of the Year Show is every rider’s ambition and for a fortunate few, that dream will come true in Birmingham this month. Competitors in the South Essex Insurance Brokers’ Search for a Star Championship are all competing at HOYS for the first time.  To help… Read more...