Point-to-Point Pony Racing Fixtures for next season

 

 

 

The deadline has now passed. The provisional list of those Hunts / Clubs who have applied to stage pony races at their PtP Fixtures in 2021 – 73 in total are listed below. The dates will be confirmed in due course but we are delighted to see a full and varied list of fixtures for the 2021 PtP Pony Racing Season.

Andoversford Races
Axe Vale
Banwen Club
Berkeley
Berwickshire (NEW)
Bicester with Whaddon Chase
Blackmore & Sparkford Vale
Cambridge Uni Drag
Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace
Carmathenshire (NEW)
Cattistock
Cheshire Forest
Chiddingfold Leconfield & Cowdray
Cotley
Cotswold Vale Farmers
Crawley & Horsham
Cresselly (fomerly South Pembrokeshire)
Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers
Dartmoor Foxhounds
Duke of Beaufort’s
Duke of Buccleugh’s
East Cornwall
Enfield Chace with Cambridgeshire Hunt
Essex & Suffolk
Exmoor
Fernie
Fife
Flete Park Races (Totnes & Bridgetown Races)
Flint & Denbigh and The Sir W.W. Wynn’s (NEW)
Glamorgan
Gloucester Races (Ledbury)
Golden Valley
Grafton
Haydon
Heythrop
Jedforest (NEW)
Knightwick Races (NEW)
Knutsford Races Club
Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and Eglinton
Lauderdale
Llangeinor
Melton Hunt Club
Mendip Farmers
Meynell & South Staffs & National Championships
Mid Surrey Farmers Drag
Middleton
Morpeth
New Forest
Oakley
Old Berkshire
Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent x 2
Puckeridge
Pytchley
Seavington
South East Area Finals
South Pool Harriers
South Tetcott
Southdown & Eridge
Suffolk
Taunton Vale
Tedworth
Thurlow
Tivyside
Torrington Farmers
Tynedale
United Pack
Vine & Craven (NEW)
Waveney Harriers
West Norfolk
West Somerset Vale
Weston & Banwell Harriers
Ystrad Taf Fechan

Deadline looming for next season’s Point-to-Point Pony Racing Fixtures

 

The following meeting’s have applied to host Point-to-Point pony racing next season:

Andoversford Races
Berkeley
Berwickshire (NEW)
Bicester with Whaddon Chase
Blackmore & Sparkford Vale
Cambridge Uni Drag
Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace
Cattistock
Cheshire Forest
Cotswold Vale Farmers
Crawley & Horsham
Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers
Dartmoor Foxhounds
Duke of Beaufort’s
Duke of Buccleugh’s
East Cornwall
Enfield Chace with Cambridgeshire Hunt
Essex & Suffolk
Exmoor
Fernie
Fife
Flete Park Races (Totnes & Bridgetown Races)
Glamorgan
Gloucester Races (Ledbury )
Golden Valley
Grafton
Haydon
Heythrop
Knightwick Races (NEW)
Knutsford Races Club
Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and Eglinton
Lauderdale
Llangeinor
Melton Hunt Club
Mendip Farmers
Meynell & South Staffs & National Championships
Mid Surrey Farmers Drag
Middleton
Morpeth
New Forest
Oakley
Old Berkshire
Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent
Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent
Puckeridge
Pytchley
Seavington
South Pool Harriers
South Tetcott
Southdown & Eridge
Suffolk
Taunton Vale
Tedworth
Thurlow
Tynedale
United Pack
Vine & Craven (NEW)
Waveney Harriers
West Norfolk
West Somerset Vale
Weston & Banwell Harriers

Applications are made via the Point-to-Point Secretaries Association and the deadline is this coming Monday, 29th June.  Is your local meeting listed? Please get in touch with Lucy@ponyracingauthority.co.uk with any queries.

Point-to-Point Pony Racing Fixture Applications For Next Season

The following have applied to hold Point-to-Point Pony Racing next Point-to-Point Season:

Blackmore & Sparkford Vale
Cambridge Uni Drag
Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace
Cattistock 
Crawley & Horsham 
Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers
Dartmoor Foxhounds
Enfield Chace with Cambridgeshire Hunt – East Anglian Finals
Essex & Suffolk
Fernie
Flete Park Races (Totnes & Bridgetown Races)
Golden Valley
Grafton 
Haydon 
Heythrop
Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and Eglinton
Lauderdale
Melton Hunt Club
Mid Surrey Farmers Drag
Middleton 
Morpeth 
Oakley 
Old Berkshire 
Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent x 2
Pytchley
South Pool Harriers
Suffolk
Thus low
Tynedale
United Pack
Waveney Harriers
West Norfolk 

Those who WON’T be holding pony racing at their fixure in 2020 are:

Farmers Bloodhounds
Wheatland

For further information on the above or other Point-to-Point Pony Racing Meetings, please contact Lucy on lucy@ponyracingauthority.co.uk

 

 

Meet Zara!

 

Find out what happened when Cheltenham Racecourse, The Jockey Club and their Junior Jumpers Club, a Cheltenham Gold Cup Winning Trainer and St James City Farm in Gloucester joined together.  Catch up too with Aamilah and Hidayah who have both been part of a PRA YTS Scheme.

https://youtu.be/OPsSVqQcCzU

We are very much looking forward to seeing Zara on the racetrack soon!

Summary of the 2020 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Season

• 69 (69) Hunts / Clubs applied to stage Pony Racing at their 2020 PtP Fixture this season but only 11 (67) PtP Pony Racing Fixtures took place. 5 (2) Fixtures were lost to waterlogging and 1 Fixture was lost to a situation that arose on the day of the meeting prior to racing starting.

• The Heythrop Hunt had the most entries with 30 followed closely by the Duke of Beaufort (29), the Duke of Buccleuch (28 (new for 2020)) and the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers (27).

• The races with the most runners were the Duke of Buccleuch and the Duke of Beaufort who both had 27 Runners each at their fixtures.

• 3 Novice Rider races were run out of the 24 that were due to run. They were extremely well supported and resulted in a total of 25 runners.

• New for 2020 was the Intermediate race of which only 1 of the 5 due to run took place but had 8 entries resulting in 7 runners.

• 110 children took part in a race at one of the 11 fixtures which ran from the 26th January through to the 15th March.

 

ANNUAL MEETING

The Point-to-Point Pony Racing Committee’s Annual Meeting was held on 24th April. Areas were represented by the following:
North – Lesley Walby
North West – Ruth Hurley
Midlands – Anna Saunders
Welsh Borders – Pauline Duggan
East Anglia – Gill Duffield South Midlands – Shona Supple]
West Midlands – Emma Davies
West Wales – Sophie Toy
South Wales – Beth Williams Wessex – George & Debbie Beilby
Devon & Cornwall – Kelvin Heard
Sandhurst – Christina Dunlop
South East – Helen Sarchet

2020’s Leading 138cm Rider Harry Vigors
2020’s Leading 148cm Rider Sholto Lacey

 

 

Congratulations – Jonjo O’Neill Jnr is crowned Champion Conditional for 2019/2020

Huge congratulations to #pragraduate Jonjo O’Neill Jnr.  Jonjo was crowned champion conditional with 61 winners.  Enough to also place him 10th overall in the main jump jockeys’ championship too.  He was also 20 winners clear of runner-up and fellow pony racing graduate Ben Jones.

 

 

Racing2Learn

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced the launch of Racing2Learn, a new online e-learning platform for anyone involved with the racing and Thoroughbred breeding industries.

The platform, which has been developed over the last 12 months in collaboration with 1st4Sport Qualifications and the wider racing industry, aims to provide a range of flexible eLearning courses that can be accessed remotely.

Some courses are designed specifically for certain job roles within racing and breeding with more generic courses also available. It is free to use for a limited period and once registered most courses are free to access. Some of the areas covered include:

Horse care
Racehorse welfare
Safeguarding
There are also downloadable learning programmes and a calendar of learning and training event. Courses will be updated and new courses added on an ongoing basis.

Each course contains interactive elements and certificates can be achieved which have continuous professional development (CPD) points applied by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

Gill Greeves, Vocational Training Manager at the British Horseracing Authority said:

“Today marks the launch of Racing2Learn, a free to use online learning platform designed for all those involved with British racing and breeding.

“Racing2Learn adds an important new feature to the existing comprehensive programme of training and education in our sector. It provides a range of interesting and interactive courses, all certificated and supported by the achievement of CPD points.

“It is our hope that at this challenging time the platform may be of use for people who wish to continue their individual learning and development through remote access to an ever increasing range of courses.”

The platform has been communicated to those working within racing and breeding through their representative organisations, and further information will be available via dedicated social media channels on an ongoing basis.

Click here to access the Racing2Learn website.

2019 PRA Annual Report

 

We are very grateful to Racecourses and Point-to-Points for allowing us to give the jockeys of the future a chance to experience the ‘real thing’ by allowing us to run pony races on race days. Pony racing allows children to practice, experience and hone their skills before setting off as professional or amateur jockeys. But we are doing so much more than that. We are introducing children and their families not just to the sport of horse racing but also the industry. Many of the children who ride in pony racing will go on to ride as professional or amateur jockeys; many more will end up working in racing in other areas.

To view the 2019 Annual Report please click the button below.

Click here to view the PRA Annual Report for 2019

 

Close of the 2020 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Season

Following the formal announcement confirming that the British Point-to-Point season is closed for this season we are writing to confirm there will be no further Point-to-Point pony racing this season.

We are as disappointed as everyone but following the Prime Minister’s words last night to minimise social contact and non-essential travel, we fully support this move.

The Racecourse Series is not due to start until the end of May. We will keep everyone up to date regularly as events change.

In the meantime, please all stay safe and we will be in touch.

Clarissa and all at the PRA

Click here for the full statement from The Point-to-Point Authority on the 2019/2020 British Point-to-Point Season