Lily Edgington from Selsey took second place in the Riding Horse Hack class at the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star 2014 qualifier at Bury Farm equestrian village in Buckinghamshire.
Riding her horse Risky Business, she fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification for the Horse of The Year Show.
Edgington bought the thoroughbred as an unbroken six-year-old from his breeder in Bath two years ago.
She said: “A friend said Risky Business looked the part so we thought we would have a go at Search for a Star. He is such a good boy, I am really pleased we are going to HOYS.”
Edgington and Risky Business also compete in side-saddle classes and jumping and cross country. She added: “Risky Business is a real all-rounder, he does a bit of everything. We will be doing a lot of practising in the run up to HOYS including plenty of lessons with our trainer, Alison Tucker”.
Show judge Richard Ramsay said: “This competition gives amateurs the chance to compete at HOYS, a dream which many riders would love to realise and the standard in Search for a Star gets better every year.”
Equine Insurance brokers, South Essex Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more. “The Search For A Star Championship series is a way to give amateur riders the chance to achieve their dream of riding at The Horse Of The Year Show. We are delighted to give so many riders this opportunity”, said Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager at South Essex Insurance Brokers.
The South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star Championship finals take place at the Horse of the Year Show, October 8 to 12, at the Birmingham NEC.