A SINGLETON rider has qualified to compete in the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search For A Star Championships at the prestigious Horse of The Year Show 2012.
Sarah White from Singleton, West Sussex, took third place in the Show Hunter class at the Search For A Star 2012 qualifier, held at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre. Riding her own horse, Over The Clover, Sarah fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification for the Horse of The Year Show.
Sarah bought bay gelding Over The Clover as a six-year-old from a friend who had had him since he was a yearling. Sarah had ridden him and taken him out hunting and then, when her own horse had a tragic accident, she decided to buy Over The Clover.
The pair did a full season hunting with the Hamphire Hunt last season and have done a little cross country and show jumping.
“We have only done small things and have been having lessons. I do everything myself and it has to fit in with work”, said Sarah (61) who works as a stock auditor for Venners and also helps in the stables at Goodwood and Fontwell on racedays.
This is the pair’s fourth show having finished third at Surrey County Show and qualified for the Royal International Horse Show.
“We are doing things gradually and came here for experience. To qualify is a dream come true. I have got the raw material, I just have to do him justice,” she said. Sarah lives near Goodwood and keeps her two horses in a private yard nearby.
Show Judge, Richard Ramsay added: “This competition gives amateurs the chance to compete at HOYS, a dream which many riders would love to realise and the standard at Bury Farm gets better every year.”
Sarah will now compete in the SEIB Search For A Star Finals at the Horse Of The Year Show, October 3– 7, at the Birmingham NEC.
Caption: Sarah White and Over The Clover: Picture SMR Photos