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TWO FOR YORKSHIRE!

TWO Yorkshire riders will be among those heading for the Horse of the Year Show after qualifying in the Search for a Star competition, reports Jill Armstrong for the Yorkshire Post. This gives amateurs the chance to compete at HOYS, which is a dream come true for many.

Vicky Smart has been having a very successful season with her ex-racehorse Chivola, recently winning the new Retrained Racehorse class at Great Yorkshire Show.

The five-year-old bay gelding was trained by Vicky's husband, Bryan, at their Sutton Bank stables. When it was clear the horse did not have a great future in racing, his owner gave him to the Smarts for their daughter to ride.

Vicky has been competing him in the show ring where he has proved to be much more at home than on the gallops. They have had a number of successes this season, including the Search for a Star (SFAS) racehorse to riding horse HOYS qualifier, held at Vale View Equestrian Centre. On top of this, they had a major win at Hickstead where Chivola took the championship in the Retraining of Racehorses/Tattersalls show series.

Victoria Hazeldine, from Whixley near York, was particularly delighted to win a place to compete at HOYS as this will be in a showing class, an area that is a new challenge for her.

"I had a go at Search for a Star about 10 years ago but our thing is eventing," said Victoria. "We are real amateurs at showing."