Celebrating the 2018 PRA Awards


We had a very well attended Awards lunch at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 25th November. We were very privileged to have a fabulous behind the scenes tour of the Racecourse, including the Stables and Royal Box, with Simon Claisse and Edward Gillespie.

The day gave everyone a chance to catch up without ponies getting in the way and a chance to thank our sponsors. Cheltenham gave every PRA member attending a fabulous goody bag and Mangan & Webb saddlers included a £50 voucher towards their racing saddles. So everyone was a Winner!

2018 Award Winners

Winner of 138 cm Final – Harry Davies riding Little Anne

Winner of 148cm Final – Charlie Sprake riding Mr Marshall

Winner of 138 cm Conditions’ Final – Freddie Gingell riding Wee Anthony

Winner of 148 cm Conditions’ Final – Lily Lewellyn riding Class Act Annie

2018 138cm RaceTech Leading Rider and pony combination

Daniel Ellis and Clear the Track

2018 148cm RaceTech Leading Rider and pony combination

Charlie Sprake and Mr Marshall
Violet Barton and Miss Wonderful

2018 138 cm Rose Bengal Scholarship Winner

Harry Davies

Runner Up

Jack Osborne

2018 148cm Rose Bengal Scholarship Winner

Minty Bloss

Runners Up

Jess Llewellyn
Megan Bevan

Amateur Jockey Association Best Turned Out Overall

138 cm Winner

Poppy Scott

148 cm Joint Winners

Alfie Godfrey
Benoit de la Sayette

The Chiumbo Endeavour Award

(In memory of a fantastic racing pony now retired who gave everything and taught lots of children about pony racing awarded to a jockey who has shown great commitment throughout the season both on and off their pony)

138 cm Winner

Charlie Clarke

148 cm Winner

Molly Burton

The Most Widely Travelled


Minty Bloss

Joint Runners Up

Will Featherstone
Poppy Scott

CareersinRacing Diary Competition

(for the best account of their training schedule, participation and future plans)

138 cm Winner

Kelsie Bielby

138 cm Runners Up

Rupert Wilks
Benjamin Rogers

148 cm Joint Winners

Minty Bloss
Oscar Palmer

148 cm Runners Up

Alice Cooke
Harvey Poole

RaceTech Leading Point to Point Pony Racing Rider

Edward Vaughan

Most stand out Point-to-Point Pony Racing rider of the season

Kelsie Bielby

Northern Awards

148cm Winner

Archie Frank won both leading P2P award and the overall awards

138cm Winner

Elliot Stockwell won both leading P2P and overall awards.

Leading points scorer in Scotland

Sarah Longthorn

Most improved

Shay Farmer

Services to Pony Racing

Patrick and Julie Scott

Amateur Jockeys Association Supports Pony Racing

The PRA are delighted that the Amateur Jockeys Association are sponsoring the best turned out in each race in the 2018 Charles Owen Series.

The Amateur Jockeys Association and the Pony Racing Authority have always worked closely together. Clarissa Daly from the PRA said, “We are delighted the Amateur Jockeys Association are supporting the Charles Owen Series. The pony racers of today will be the amateur jockeys of the future so it is a natural link.”

The Charles Owen Series is 24 fixtures over the summer period, with the prestigious finals set to be run at York Racecourse on 9th September 2018. The best turned out is judged by someone from the Racecourse and each winner is presented with prize kindly provided by the Amateur Jockeys Association.

Sarah Oliver of the AJA said: “The AJA are really pleased to have the opportunity to support pony racing which provides the best possible foundations for amateur jockeys to start their careers and instills in them many invaluable disciplines and skills.  We wish this summer’s pony racers the best of luck for a great season ahead.”

CareersinRacing Diary Competition 2018

CareersinRacing are offering amazing prizes to the winners of the 138 cm and 148 cm Pony Racing Diary competition.

Download and print off the diary – use extra pages if needed – then at the end of the season send the diary and the entry form to CareersinRacing. The winner of the 148 cm category will win a branded exercise saddle and the winner of the 138 cm category will win a rug for their pony and a racing skin for themselves.

The diary will be judged on the overall amount you have put into your pony racing training and racing this season and what you have learnt throughout the season.

Full terms and conditions are on the entry form.

Don’t miss out – start filling in your diary now! This is open to all members of the PRA – it doesn’t matter if you have only competed in one pony race on the Point-to-Point series or lots of Charles Owen pony races – everyone’s diaries will be in with a chance of winning.

Download BHA Pony Racing Diary
Download Pony Racing Diary Entry Form

For further information contact Clarissa Daly on clarissa@ponyracingauthority.co.uk or CareersinRacing on info@careersinracing.com.

James Bowen Crowned Champion Conditional 2017/18

Congratulations to James Bowen being crowned Champion Conditional Jockey 2017/18.

In October 2016 he was crowned pony racing’s leading rider for 148 cm ponies; in 2017 he was Champion Novice Point-to-Point rider riding a record number of winners and in April 2018 he is crowned Champion Conditional Jockey having ridden 58 winners.

James is following in his brother Sean’s footsteps although Sean only rode 51 winners to be Champion Conditional in 2014/15!

5 of the top 10 Conditional Jockeys all started their careers in pony racing and all have achieved a noticeable number of winners this season – Bryony Frost lies in 4th place with 31 winners, Charlie Deutsch in 5th with 30 winners, Ryan Day is in 6th place with 25 winners and Richard Patrick is in 9th with 20 winners.

The Championship table for professional Jump Jockeys sees 3 pony racing graduates feature in the top 10 with Sam Twiston-Davies riding 108 winners, Sean Bowen riding 82 winners and Harry Cobden, last year’s Champion Conditional, riding 76 winners.

JMB announces random testing

JMB Measurement Information for 2018

The JMB’s on-line application and card payment system (whereby owners apply and pay on-line to the JMB Office prior to contacting an Official Measurer) proved highly successful in 2017. Popular with owners, their agents and with Official Measurers, it will be continued in 2018.

We recommend that anyone seeking measuring information refers to the JMB Website, www.thejmbonline.co.uk; e-mails admin@thejmbonline.co.uk or telephones 01293 862101.

The JMB website contains the Rules, details about the Measurement Procedure, FAQ’s and other comprehensive information.
Owners and their agents or representatives are advised to visit Appendix 2 where they will find a helpful, practical guide to ‘Preparing the Horse or Pony for Measurement’.
It is in Owners best interests that horses and ponies have comfortably gained experience of the measurement process and of travel to different premises, prior to the ‘big day’ of measurement.
This simple, practical preparation should ensure that the lowest relaxed height can be obtained.

Owners and their Agents need to be aware that the JMB Board unanimously agreed that from 1st January 2018, RANDOM body-fluid samples (usually blood) will be taken at the time of Measurement for routine Annual and Full Measurements, as already happens at Re-measurements and Gold Certificate measurements.
Animals presented for Annual or Full Certificates will be selected randomly using anonymised data issued by the JMB Office and the Official Measurer will act according to instructions issued to him or her. Costs will be borne by the JMB.
Details about Prohibited Substances can be found in Appendix 3 of the JMB Rules.

This new procedure should go a long way to ensure that animals presented for measurements are free from Prohibited Substances and are in a healthy condition, mirroring the Rules of their relevant Competition, be it Pony Racing, Showjumping or Showing.


JMB Stewards: Dec. Doc. 2017
Ref: JMB Rules for Measurement.

Author: CMN.

End of Season Awards

The 2017 Pony Racing Awards were held at Sheepdrove Organic Farm on Sunday, 3rd December. We had a great turn out of children & families and were lucky enough to visit Jamie Osborne’s yard in Upper Lambourn in the morning. Jamie gave us a fascinating insight into his training methods including a demonstration of his treadmill in action. We were also treated to the extraordinary story of Toast of New York who has ended up back in training with Jamie. Very emotional and totally absorbing! Thank you Jamie for sharing!

We moved to Sheepdrove Organic Farm for the Awards presentations where we welcomed Richard and Dawn Prince to present the Rose Bengal awards, Zoe Elliot to present the CareersinRacing Best Turned Out awards and Kate Hills to present the RaceTech Awards.

The 2017 Award winners were: 
Charles Owen Finals at Newmarket: Oakley Brown (148), Daniel Ellis (138).
Conditions Final at York: Owen Lewis (148), Harry Davies (138).
The Rose Bengal Leading Rider Awards sponsored by Richard & Dawn Prince: William Humphrey (148) and Finn Muirhead (138).
The Rose Bengal Scholarship Awards – Winner: Owen Lewis (148), runners up – Nia Kerslake & Alfie Godfrey; Winner: Elliot England (138), runners up – Poppy Scott & Megan Bevan.
The Careers in Racing Best Turned Out Award – Minty Bloss (138), (2nd Poppy Scott, 3rd Jamie Spencer); Joint winners – Nia Kerslake & Joshua Brown (148), (2nd Alfie Godfrey, 3rd Molly Burton).
Most widely travelled during 2017 – William Humphrey (14 Charles Owen races). 
RaceTech Media Leading PtP Riders – Charlie Sprake(148), Freddie Gingell (138).
Overall contribution to Pony Racing – Richard & Dawn Prince

The PRA asked the riders to give some thought to anything they would like to see changed in the industry. They are the future of racing after all. Below are listed some of their suggestions:

– A warm up area in the weighing room
– Optional warm up fence on the way to the start of jump races
– Greater recognition of the work contributed by grooms
– Introduce more Pony Racing Graduate races
– Introduce a weight allowance for girls as they do in France
– Take away the whip to improve public perception and encourage
jockeys to ride a more balanced finish

– Re-introduce seasonal breaks for both codes

Worth listening to? We certainly think these ideas are worth exploring. Watch this space!

‘Super Saturday’ for Pony Racing

What a fantastic day at Cheltenham for pony racing graduates! 5 out of the 7 races were won by jockeys who all started in pony racing.

Bryony Frost, Tom Bellamy, James Bowen, Brendan Powell and Harry Cobden all started their racing careers riding in Point-to-Point and Charles Owen pony races.

All have been able to use the valuable experience they gained on the pony racing circuit and this is certainly showing. All of these jockeys are hitting the headlines early in their careers proving that pony racing helps aspiring young jockeys get a foot on the ladder.

James Bowen, who’s last pony race was the Charles Owen Final at Cheltenham in October 2016, won on Saturday at Cheltenham for his new boss, Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson. Bryony Frost and Harry Cobden were both winning for the previous Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls. All 5 jockeys have shown they can handle the pressure of riding winners for top yards on big race days; the experience gained by their early days pony racing has helped them get where they are today.

Congratulations to them all!

2017 Finals

The 2017 Charles Owen Series will come to a close on Saturday with the Finals being staged – very aptly – on Future Champions Day at Newmarket.

The children, parents, ponies and support teams have travelled the length and breadth of the country to earn points to compete in the Finals. The quality of fields in the 2 pony races gets better and better each year and this year is no exception.

Charles Owen Series

We are so grateful to the support of the Racecourses throughout the summer who allow us to hold 2 pony races before or after their professional card. We are also thrilled to continue our 10 year partnership with Charles Owen who have sponsored pony racing since it formally started in 2007.

This will be a number of competitor’s last race and they will be graduating to the ‘real thing’. Recent graduates making names for themselves include James Bowen, Harry Cobden, Joshua Bryan, William Cox and George Wood to name but a few. Who will we be the ones to watch: well Saturday’s pony races may give us some clues as to who will be the Future Champions – both human and equine!