30 Aug 2018 12:09






Vale View SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland qualifier

There were some great entries in the new SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland qualifier at Vale View. This was the last qualifier for the Your Horse Live 2018 SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland final.  The class was judged by Paul Cook and Louise Gaunt. Paul said: "It was fascinating to see this new Search for a Star class. It is such a great way of encouraging people to start showing their native ponies. We are looking for ponies to perform to the breed standard and to be of the correct type for the breed standard. The BSPS website has a very helpful - and downloadable - section on native breed types and trimming requirements. I would also suggest for anyone that is unsure, that watching what the professional M&M producers do at a show is always time well spent when it comes to turnout."

Rebecca Giles and her own Connemara pony, seven-year-old, Lochan Beag Rogaire won the class. Rebecca said: “This is the first flat class that Finn and I have done, he went brilliantly! It is great to have qualified for this new final. I bought Finn from Ireland as a three-year-old to bring on and sell, but I totally fell in love with him and so he is here to stay. We have done lots of M&M working hunter pony classes and have competed in British Eventing classes up to novice level. I am going to spend some time on really concentrating on Finn. My absolute aim is to qualify him for HOYS in the M&M working hunter pony classes.” Rebecca works as a Class 1 HGV driver, transporting livestock for her father’s livestock business, she is also a part-time swimming instructor. She added: “Finn is a proper allrounder and after the Search for a Star finals at Your Horse Live will spend the winter out hunting.”

Molly Broadley from Wolverhampton took 2nd place with her own Highland gelding, Dexter of Rocklea.  Molly has owned Dexter for just six months, she said: “Heartbreakingly, I lost my traditional gypsy cob two days before Christmas 2017. We had been to Search for a Star twice for the working pony class. This made it a potentially very difficult day to take Dexter to the qualifier at the same venue I’d taken my old boy to.  Dexter is just 6 and I’ve worked very hard with him in the 6 months of owning him. We only went to Vale View for some experience so I was totally overwhelmed and shocked when we were pulled in second. I cannot wait for Your Horse Live, it is a massive dream come true.”

In third place in the M&Ms was Karen Badrick and her Welsh Section D gelding, Sheir Whisky. Karen said: “I am really pleased with our result at Search for a Star, it is the first time we have gone and we went along for the experience. To have qualified is just great. The feedback from the judges was lovely, they commented that he was a really good weight and a nice horse.” Karen has owned Sheir Whisky for two and a half years, she continued: “I bought him unbroken to get going and sell on, but he has turned out to be an absolute superstar – he definitely has a home for life! We have been out showing at county level and Sheir Whisky just gets better every time out. He will definitely be wrapped up in cotton wool between now and the Search for a Star championships.”

SEIB has an ongoing commitment to ethical showing, including making every effort to wipe out the use of prohibited substances and encouraging fit not fat horses into the show-ring. Baileys Horse Feeds attended the qualifier at Vale View with their equine weighbridge and a trained nutritionist to help educate competitors.

Leading equine Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more.   The company has a long association with the showing world and is renowned for ‘putting something back’ by supporting equestrian events and activities. 

For full details, rules and entry forms visit www.search4astar.org.uk or www.racehorse2ridinghorse.co.uk. Find SEIB Search for a Star on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SEIB.Search4AStar.

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Photo:  Credit SMR Photos