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Response to New Class and Changes for 2017

SEIB are delighted that there is so much interest in Search for a Star 2017 and in particular the new Working Horse/Pony Class. The details are still being worked on but the aim is to have a safe and exciting class for every show horse that can jump a couple of small fences. Competitors will have to jump two fences and will have the choice of three different heights: 2ft, 2ft 6in and 2ft 9in. Style will be considered more important than the size of the jump.

The new class will be judged 50% on conformation, temperament, type and manners and 50% performance. Judges will ensure that conformation and temperament allows the horse to be a competent all round performer, capable of doing most jobs including jumping and dressage. Harmony of horse and rider will be taken into account. Jumping style and approach is important. The judges will not ride but competitors will be asked to give a short show.

CharlottePell_BetsyMalone_2ndRCSH_Houghton2016(C)SMRPhotosAdults can compete on ponies and children can compete on horses and the class will take in M&M’s, traditionals, ‘coblets’ and ponies as well as any type of show horse. There will be a pony class and horse class at the qualifiers and we will take one from each forward to HOYS where they will compete together in one championship.

Children must be over 12 years old and adults must be an appropriate size for the pony. Any rider considered by the judges to be too large for their horse or pony will not be allowed to compete in the class. Any pony/horse 12 hh and over and over 4 years of age will be eligible.

Nicolina MacKenzie says “SEIB are sad to lose the Workers and Ponies from the Horse of the Year Show timetable. By incorporating the new SEIB Search for a Star Working Horse/Pony Class we are hoping to still give everyone the often once in a lifetime opportunity to compete at the UK’s premier showing show Horse of the Year Show”.

Nicolina added “I would like to see children having more fun with their pony while trying a bit of everything. Hopefully this class will put the fun into showing for a lot of children, giving them the chance to show off their lovely animals while having the opportunity to jump a couple of little fences.

Most horses and ponies should be able to pop a small fence and we are looking forward to seeing the wide variety of animals and riders that turn up to compete in this new class. Hopefully it will introduce even more people to showing as they won’t need to be registered with any organisation, they can just come along and have fun, which is what riding should be all about. Competitors, whether they are adults or children, will be judged by the best in the business, will have the help and advice to take it further if they want to.”

Photo:  Charlotte Pell riding Betsy Malone, second in the Riding Club Show Horse qualifier at Houghton in 2016.  (C)SMRPhotos

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