Apply NOW for LeMieux All Star Academy Season 4

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H&C is thrilled to be welcoming applications for the 4th season of our most popular reality series, All Star Academy – this year sponsored by LeMieux! 
We’re heading back to the Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire, where our cast and crew will be under the ever-watchful eye of international dressage rider and trainer, Pammy Hutton. This year is set to be like no other – with secret guests, new challenges and a format that you’ve never seen before on the show.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be put through your paces, and crowned our Season 4 All Star Champion? Check out our FAQs below, and then fill out the application form to register.
Be quick – applications close Wednesday 13 July at midnight (00:00 BST)!


How do I apply? 

Hurrah! We can’t wait to see your application. Simply fill out the online form, submit your very best ‘audition video’ and we’ll be in touch.


How do you select the series cast?

We’re looking for horse and rider combinations who are competent in all three disciplines, eager to learn and like a laugh! Each audition video will be reviewed by our team, and we’ll be looking to announce those who are successful in the beginning of August.


What are the stages of selection? When will candidates hear back from H&C?

Entries are open until 13 July 2022.

We’re expecting to be inundated with All Star hopefuls(!), so need a little time to review all your super submissions! We’ll aim to announce our cast of 8 on 3 August via our website, social media and other channels.


How will we be contacted if successful?

We’ll look to contact our cast via email at the end of July.

Can I enter with more than one horse?

Yes! However, we’ll only be accepting one horse/rider combination per household.


Can I apply if I’m under 18? 

Sadly not. For insurance purposes, our cast members for this series need to be aged 18 or over. Your time might come in future series – so don’t despair! 


Can I apply if I have a loan horse/pony? 

Yes, you certainly can! Just ensure you have the owner’s permission to move them, and you meet the rest of our criteria.


Can I apply if I don’t want to jump with my horse?

Not for this series, we’re afraid! The ideal All Star Champion is an excellent all-rounder – so be prepared to strut your stuff, scale those heights and give it all you’ve got.


Can I apply if I don’t have transport? 

You can – however, you’ll still need to be responsible for arranging your own transport to and from Talland.


Can I apply if I don’t have social media? 

Yes, being social media savvy isn’t a necessity. However, we’ll be announcing key updates, hints, and tips via H&C’s social accounts, so it may be useful to create your own account if successful.


What level of fitness should my horse be to apply? 

During filming, you may be required to ride your horse several times a day, which will include all three disciplines, so he’ll need to be fit enough to be able to cope with this level of work. As a guide, he should be fit enough that he could compete at BE80 comfortably.


Does my horse need to be of a certain age to apply?

Horses need to be aged four and above. There’s not upper age limit, however he needs to be sound, healthy and fit enough to cope with the workload. 


Does my horse need to be shod?

We don’t require horses to be shod for the series. However, horse welfare is paramount and if there’s any sign of unsoundness, the horse will be withdrawn from filming. So, please consider whether a barefoot or partially shod horse will be able to cope with the amount of work required.


What happens if my horse goes lame?

Of course, life with horses is unpredictable and no one can guarantee soundness. So, unfortunately if a cast member’s horse goes lame in the run up to filming week or during filming, they may need to be withdrawn. However, we would follow veterinary advice where possible. 


Where will filming be?

Filming will take place at Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire. 


Will accommodation be provided?

Yes! Horse & Country will provide on-site accommodation for all cast members.


Do I need any specific tack to enter?

No, but you’ll need a well-fitting saddle that’s suitable for both flatwork and jumping, as well as a correctly fitting bridle.