Amateur rider Hayley Shippey from Wisbech (pictured) has won the chance to compete alongside seasoned professionals at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show 2012.
She took first place in the Cob class at the South Essex Insurance Broker’s (SEIB) Search For A Star 2012 qualifier, held at Vale View.
Riding her own General George, Hayley fought off stiff competition from other riders in the class to gain qualification for the Horse of The Year Show. Hayley has owned 7-year-old General George for three years, having bought him with the hope that he would make a show horse. They qualified for the Royal International Horse Show this year and came sixth in the Amateur Class.
“We have been building up to this. He also jumps, goes hunting and does unaffiliated dressage, and I hope we will do working show horse classes next year,” explained Hayley, who had tried Search For A Star two years ago but finished third and just missed out on qualification. George is kept at home on a working farm and is happy to go out checking the crops and doing potato picking.
“He has to fit in around the farm and my 4-year-old daughter, Lilly. Everyone has to muck in on the farm”, said Hayley.