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Has equestrianism got talent? The organiser of two of the UK’s biggest horse shows hopes so and is searching for fresh acts to wow the crowds this year.

Grandstand Media, which runs Horse of the Year Show and the British Open Show Jumping Championships, is inviting professional display teams to an “H Factor” selection day at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks, on 8 August.

If you think your horseback sword-juggling act has what it takes, entries close on 3 July.

Grandstand Media director Helena Pettit said: “We have the same displays year after year and, while they are fantastic, we thought we’d have a look to see if there was anything new out there that no one’s seen before.”

To apply, go to www.grandstandgroup.com

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (25 June, ’09)