A group of eight riders will star in a brand new national television series to be shown on Horse & Country TV (Sky 253 and online via H&C Play) this June.
The riders were all chosen to be part in the Blue Chip All Star Academy, a show that could be described as a mix between The Apprentice and Pony Club camp.
Out of 130 video auditions, eight finalists were selected and invited to attend a training camp at Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire, which is one of the premier riding establishments in the country. Every moment of the camp was filmed, including lessons and tasks, while contestants also revealed their thoughts and feelings to a special camera set up in the ‘Blue room’.
The contestants were in competition throughout the camp, with each hoping to win the top prize – the chance to co-host an episode of Rudall’s Round-Up on Horse & Country TV, a year’s sponsorship from Blue Chip Feed and the chance to become video bloggers for the channel’s website.
The show was not just a riding competition, although the finalists got to have lessons with some of the leading names in the sport, including Pammy Hutton, Charlie Hutton, Olympic event rider Ludwig Svennerstal, top show producer Jayne Ross, event and dressage star Daisy Coakley and Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester. The candidates also took part in a number of challenges designed to test their horsemanship knowledge and media skills, proving their worth as future video blogging stars.
The five-part series will premiere on the channel at 9pm on Sunday 12th June. It will be shown in the UK and Ireland, as well as in Germany, Sweden, Australia and The Netherlands.
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