Recent EHV-1 Outbreak – Advice


You may be aware that there has recently been an outbreak of EHV-1. Please be aware and ensure that you remain vigilant for signs of the virus, maintain excellent biosecurity and consult with vets if you are concerned.

Click here to see the BEF’s response.

You can find tips on biosecurity on the Pony Club’s Biosecurity policy.

Please remember that the PRA vaccination policy is for 6 monthly Equine Influenza vaccinations/boosters with a one month grace period.

See the PRA website for full regulations and guidance. With thanks.

The 2019 PRA Awards

What a magnificent year to reflect on! Sunday 1st December 2019 saw members of the PRA join together, starting with a tour of the beautiful and historic Rhonehurst Stables in Lambourn– home to trainer Oliver Sherwood. With Oliver making an appearance on Nick Luck’s Racing TV show that morning, Tarnya and Assistant Andy were in charge at home. Photographs were taken by the stable once occupied by the famous Many Clouds and there was an insightful demonstration with one of the stable stars swimming in the equine pool. It was then on to Newbury Racecourse for the Awards and a delicious lunch in the Owners Club which had been quickly turned around after a busy day before.

We were delighted to be joined also by Kate Hills of RaceTech and Zoe Elliott of CareersinRacing who kindly assisted Chairman Edward Gillespie in handing out the prizes. Read on for full details of all the winners. We were also honoured to be joined by Anne Watts, winner of the 2019 Services to Pony Racing Awards.

2019 PRA Awards Winners

The Charles Owen Racecourse Series Finals Winners
run at Cheltenham Racecourse on 17th November 2019.
138cm winner – Harry Davies riding Little Anne
148cm winner – Edward Vaughan riding White Water

The Charles Owen Racecourse Series Conditions’ Final Winners
run at York Racecourse on 8th September 2019.
138cm winner – Zak Kent riding Galway Girl
148cm winner – Ollie Proctor riding Steal My Girl

The One of a Kind PRA Award for Fifty and Counting
Presented to Push The Button. Winner of 50 PRA Charles Owen Racecourse Series Races in her career so far. Thomas Bradburne, current jockey, kindly accepted her winning rug on her behalf.

The RaceTech Racecourse Series Leading Riders Awards
138cm winner – Taylor Fisher
148cm winner – Edward Vaughan

The Rose Bengal Scholarship Awards
from nominations from Stewards and Coaches for rider/s who show the most improvement on and off their pony
138cm runner up – Taylor Fisher
138cm winner – Thomas Bradburne
148cm runners up – Lucy Aspell, Will Featherstone and Henry Main
148cm winner – Elliot England

Best Turned Out
for the rider/pony with the greatest number of BTO prizes throughout the season
138cm winner – Joe Leavy
148cm winner – Molly Burton

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.
Joint winners – Daniel Ellis and Will Featherstone

Most Widely Travelled
the riders who rode in the most Racecourse Series Races over the season
138cm winner – Taylor Fisher
148cm winner– Molly Burton

CareersinRacing Video Competition
for the best video concerning Pony Racing
Runners up – Jack Dace and Lucas Murphy
Winners – Richard Cook and Daisy Dace

The RaceTech Point-to-Point Leading Riders Awards
138cm winner – Jack Dace
148cm winner – Ashley Lewis

Most Stand out rider of the Point-to-Point Pony Racing Season, for Conduct On and Off the Track – Edward Vaughan

The George Crawford Trust Bursary – created by George’s loving parents Cameron and Mary. George pony raced for a number The George Crawford Legacy Trust was set up in memory of George Crawford who died following a road accident at the tragically young age of 20. The George Crawford Bursary is awarded to a maximum of 2 pony racing children for them to buy equipment and pay for training towards their pony racing. The nominations were made through the Point-to-Point pony racing committee, Pony Club Race Day organisers and PRA stewards and BHA Jockey Coaches with the PRA Executive making the final decision.
The inaugural George Crawford Trust Bursary Award for Pony Racing was gifted to Charlie Clarke.

Services to Pony Racing
Anne Watts – presented by Richard Prince and Edward Gillespie

BHA Update – Equine Influenza


The BHA have today released an update on Equine Influenza in the UK.  Following a decrease in the number of reported outbreaks of Equine Influenza in the United Kingdom and Europe, the BHA Veterinary Committee have agreed to further relax the requirements for all horses on Racecourse Property.  This includes runners from non-Licenced yards (ARO, Hunter Chasers and PRA), non-GB runners (including France and Ireland) and other horses on racecourses (for example ROR).


NEW CareersinRacing Video Competition 2019

Win yourself a fabulous CareersinRacing Saddle or Rug for your pony.

All you have to do is a short video of yourself and your pony to tell us why you love pony racing.

You could:

  • Include some elements of what you do to prepare for your races
  • Tell us about how it feels to ride in a pony race
  • Tell us about your fitness preparation – or your pony’s fitness regime
  • Interview your parents to get their views!
  • Diarise your Charles Owen Season as it’s happening.

Make the video your own and we will publish the winning films on the PRA and CareersinRacing website as well as on social media.

All videos to be submitted by 31st October 2019 along with a completed Entry Form to: .

No video to be longer than 6 minutes.

Click Here to Enter and Further Information

2018 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 2018 Annual Report please click the button below.


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

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,; e-mails 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!