Local breeds shine at Stretcholt SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland championship qualifier

Megan Field and Gwithian Gallant

Megan Field and Gwithian Gallant

The second SEIB Insurance Brokers Search for a Star qualifier of the season took place at Stretcholt Equestrian Centre in Somerset on the 19 May. The qualifiers were all delighted to have made it through to the finals at Your Horse Live in November. 

Megan Field and her own Welsh section B pony, Gwithian Gallant won the SEIB Search for a Star Mountain and Moorland small breeds class.

The Field’s bought Freddie, as the pony is known, last year as a four-year-old. Megan has brought Freddie on herself and the pair compete in both dressage and showing classes. 

Taking runner up spot in the small breeds Mountain and Moorland class was Claire Rafferty and her four-year-old Dartmoor pony, Shilstone Rocks Goosey Fair, who is known at home as Graf.

Claire has owned the pony since he was a two-year-old. She said: “I backed and broke Graf in over the winter and we have started showing this spring. It was a last-minute decision to come here, but I am very glad we did.” 

In the large breeds Mountain and Moorland section, a dapple grey Connemara pony called Doleen Carraig Star took first place.

Owner and rider Ruby Dodds said: “This is the best she has ever gone, I am thrilled to have qualified. We have owned her for eighteen months and she hasn’t always been the easiest, but we have been keeping everything very varied and doing plenty of hacking which seems to help.” 

The large breeds runner up was Posbrook Missy Elliot, a 14-year-old Welsh Section D, owned and ridden by Anneka Marlowe-Dauncey.

Anneka said: “I’ve owned her since she was a foal and we had decided that Search for a Star would be a great thing for us to give a go as there are no professional riders in the classes.

“We have spent plenty of years out happy hacking before deciding to give showing a go. I work for an Aerospace company and fit in looking after the horses around this.”

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