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

The 2020 PRA Racecourse Series – Fixture List Released.

The Pony Racing Authority are delighted to announce dates for the 2020 Racecourse Series.

We will continue to run open races for ponies measuring 138 cm and under and 148 cm and under.  The 138 cm ponies will carry a minimum weight of 7st 10 lbs and the 148 cm ponies will carry a minimum weight of 9 stone.

New for 2020
We will run a Novice Series for ponies measuring 148 cm and under, carrying a minimum weight of 9 stone. We have introduced a new 146 cm and under category for all ponies measuring under 146 cm including 138 cm novice ponies. Ponies measuring under 138 cm will carry a minimum weight of 7 st 10lbs and those measuring between 138.1 cm and 146 cm will carry a minimum weight of 8 st 10lbs.

Any novice ponies measuring 146 cm and under wanting to compete in a 148 cm and under open race will carry a minimum weight of 8st 7lbs.

Any novice ponies competing in 148 cm and under open races will carry a minimum weight of 8st 10lbs until they are no longer a novice.

Novice Series
The novice series is for all individual children or ponies who have not been placed (1st – 4th) in any Racecourse Series Final in the previous 2 years (2018 and 2019). The aim of the Series is to allow novice combinations to start competing in the Racecourse Series. The races are run as any other Racecourse Series pony race and points won count towards both the Novice Finals and the Racecourse Series Final. Points for Novice Races will be awarded as follows:
6 points for a win,
4 points for second,
2 points for third
1 point for fourth.

All winners of novice races will carry a 3lbs penalty for each win in the Novice Series.
The first 2 placed combinations in each Novice race will automatically qualify for the Novice Finals. The next combinations with the most points will qualify for places until all places are filled.
Any combination winning more than 2 Novice races is no longer eligible to enter further races in the Novice Series, except the Novice Final, in that season.
The Novice races will this season be for ponies measuring 148 cm and under and 146 cm and under. 146 cm ponies will carry a minimum of 8st 10lbs and 138 cm ponies will carry 7st 10lbs. Penalties will be carried in the Novice Finals.
All those riding in Novice Races gain points for the prestigious Racecourse Series Finals at the end of the season.

 

FIXTURE DETAILS

Sunday 19th April – Wincanton Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 8f.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Monday 25th May – Huntingdon Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m 1f.

Sunday 31st May – Fakenham Racecourse. After the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m 1f.

Sunday 7th June – Goodwood Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 6f.

Sunday 5th July – Market Rasen Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice over 7f.  148cm Novice over 1m 2f.

Saturday 11th July – Ascot Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Friday 17th July – Haydock Racecourse. After the main card.
138cm Open over 5f.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Tuesday 21st July – Chelmsford Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice over 6f.  148cm Novice over 7f.

Thursday 30th July – Nottingham Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Monday 3rd August – Carlisle Racecourse.  After the main card.
With special prizes for ‘Northern’ based riders.
146cm Novice over 6f.  148cm Novice over 1m.

Thursday 6th August – Great Yarmouth Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 8f.

Tuesday 11th August – Chepstow Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 1m 2f. 148cm Open over 1m 3f.

Friday 14th August – Wolverhampton Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice over 6f.  148cm Novice over 1m 1f.

Monday 17th August – Lingfield Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Thursday 20th August – Stratford Racecourse. After the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m 1f.

Tuesday 25th August – Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. After the main card.
146cm Novice over 7f.  148cm Novice over 1m 2f.

Thursday 27th August – Newbury Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 6f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Monday 31st August – Southwell Racecourse.  Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Sunday 6th September – York Racecourse. Before the main card.
146cm Novice Finals over 7f.  148cm Novice Finals over 1m 1f.

Sunday 13th September – Ffos Las Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 1m.  148cm Open over 1m 2f.

Sunday 27th September – Musselburgh Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open over 7f.  148cm Open over 1m.

Sunday 25th October – Aintree Racecourse. Before the main card.
138cm Open Finals over 6f.  148cm Open Finals over 1m 1f.

All race details correct at time of going to print (13 February 2020). 
Please go to the PRA website for updates and further information.

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:  info@careersinracing.com .

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.

 
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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

Winner

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.