A new television series that is said to be a cross between The Apprentice and Pony Club camp is set to air this weekend.

The Blue Chip All Star Academy will be shown on Horse & Country TV from 12 June and will feature eight riders who were chosen to attend a training camp with a difference. The camp took place at Talland School of Equitation and every moment was filmed, including lessons and tasks, while the 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, 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 TV channel's website.

During the show the riders got to have lessons with some of the sport's leading names, including dressage star Carl Hester and leading show rider and producer Jayne Ross. They also took part in a number of challenges to test their horsemanship knowledge and media skills, proving their worth as future video blogging stars.

There are five episodes to enjoy, starting from 9pm on Sunday 12 June.

Meet the contestants

  • Phoebe Ashenheim, 22, from Sedlescombe, East Sussex, a former international gymnast who runs a livery yard. Phoebe showjumps at Discovery level.
  • Issy Nami, 20, from Harwood, Greater Manchester, dreams of being a professional dressage rider. She is currently competing up to affiliated novice level.
  • Stephanie Hill, 21, from Hope Valley, Derbyshire, is studying for a degree in radiography and oncology and is the reigning Miss South Yorkshire 2015. She competes her horse in working hunter classes, and also enjoys dressage, cross-country and eventing.
  • Rhianydd Lee-Jones, 27, from Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, has ridden all her life and has competed internationally in polocrosse. She currently events.
  • David Morris, 38, from Blyth, Northumberland, is a barber who came to riding later in life. He competes his gelding, Bam Bam, in unaffiliated dressage and has done some affiliated shows.
  • Kelly Jewell, from Weston Super Mare, Somerset, specialises in retraining ex-racehorses. She was the star of a parody of Adele's song, Hello, which you are sure to have seen on Facebook.
  • Josh Noakes, 22, from Rugeley, Staffordshire, combines eventing with studying for a degree in architecture.
  • Lucy Robinson, 24, from Maidenhead, Berkshire, is a graduate of the Royal Agricultural University and has modelled for some top rural brands.