The riding horse, Classic Court takes the championship at HOYS Search for a Star final, with the 128cm show pony, Queensdale Blue Magic taking reserve

The quality riding horse Classic Court, won the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star final at Wembley.

A polished performance saw the delightful five-year-old take the championship ahead of the 128cm show pony Quennsdale Blue Magic.

SEIB Search for a Star,now in its sixth year, has proved immensely popular with amateur producers all over the country. This year saw a high standard in turnout with both judges Ann Pritchard and Robert Oliver complimenting the competitors on their efforts.

The atmosphere in the Horse & Hound arena was electric with a large crowd of both spectators and supporters gathered to watch the final.Considering this was only the second time the horses and riders had been in such an environment they all coped well.

There wasa wide range of types presented in the final. A lovely heavyweight show hunter, pleased the crowd with an impressive gallop, but the day belonged to Laura Lucas, with R A Lee’s Classic Court.

The 16.1hh bay gelding behaved impeccably throughout, giving judge Claire Oseman a fantastic ride, despite being only five years old.

Tracey Anne Light with Francisco was delighted with her win the previous day in the working hunter section.Speaking about her win, she said: “I heard my name, my stomach dropped and I burst into tears.”

The reserve Queensdale Blue Magic was certainly a crowd-pleaser.Beautifully ridden, the mare went well, despite a slight hiccup in her extended canter, which judge Ann Pritchard put down to “high jinks.”

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