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Search for a Star was designed to give amateur riders and owners an opportunity to compete at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show

To identify 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.


Please ensure that when you complete the horse’s details on Equo that you enter the owner + full address details in the field titled “Owner Name and Address”.  There is only one box, so please add all your details in there.

Also, when paying online, once you have received your confirmation of payment from Stripe that is actually confirmation that your entry has been accepted.

Please remember that you must declare 30 mins before the start of the class.  Numbers will be allocated on the day.

Download the full SFAS Schedule and Entry form here