The Finals of the 2019 Charles Owen Racecourse Series were run at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 17th November 2019. Both races were hard fought in testing conditions with Harry Davies on Little Anne coming out on top in the 138 cm race and Ed Vaughan riding White Water winning the 148 cm race. (See full results)
The Series has been run at 24 Racecourses starting at Aintree in May. The ponies have travelled from Fakenham to Chepstow, Fontwell to Ffos Las, Musselburgh to Great Yarmouth in a bid to win points to qualify for the Finals. 20 children qualified for the two races and it was a pleasure to see them competing in such inspiring surroundings under the watchful eyes of A P McCoy and Ruby Walsh.
This year’s races saw a recent graduate of the PRA’s Youth Training Scheme having his first ride in the finals. Ben Colmer started pony racing on the PRA’s funded scheme for those who don’t own their own pony. Ben has gone on to ride in many pony races since and it was a fitting end to his pony racing career to see him ride in the finals. Ben, who is currently riding out for Andrew Balding and Eve Johnson-Houghton, will be going to the BRS when leaving school next summer.
The 138 cm race was won by Little Anne who beat Push The Button – a pony who has now competed in 7 Series Finals and has won 50 Charles Owen Series races. Push The Button is the winning most pony of the Series and is responsible for starting the careers of Charlotte Greenway, Sean Bowen, James Bowen and Sophie Smith. She was ridden by Thomas Bradburne on Sunday.
Push the Button with Sophie Smith and Thomas Bradburne
After 12 years of sponsorship, this was Charles Owen’s last series. Clarissa Daly, CEO of the PRA said: “Charles Owen have been an incredible partner over the last 12 years and we could not have come this far without their support. They have branded the racecourse series and made it their own so they will be hard to replace. However we would like to thank them for everything they have done and in particular we will remember Roy Burek, Chairman of Charles Owen, who sadly passed away in April, for his personal support.”
Roy Burek presenting the cups to the winners of the 2018 Charles Owen Finals
The PRA is grateful to everyone who makes this happen. These jockeys would not be able to practice their skills and experience the thrill of race riding without the support of the racecourses, BHA officials and our supporters including RaceTech Media and CareersinRacing. With over 100 graduates of pony racing now holding a licence and more to come from this year the future looks bright for British jockeys.
For those who are competing in the 2019 Charles Owen Series, please download the reimbursement form for your nasal swabs here:
Nasal Swab Reimbursement Form
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).
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Roy was a pioneer of equestrian safety and a champion of pony racing. With Roy’s support through Charles Owen sponsorship, pony racing has grown and developed in GB to produce many of the top jockeys riding today.
Edward Gillespie, Chairman of the PRA, said “We are so sorry to hear Roy has died. This is a sad loss to the equestrian world. His long term support has ensured many children have enjoyed pony racing and been given the chance to ride at many racecourses. He will be missed and we send our condolences to his family”
Assistant to the Chief Executive of the Pony Racing Authority
The Pony Racing Authority is seeking an assistant, on a part-time basis, to help the CEO with all aspects of the administration of PRA pony racing. This includes helping to organise, promote and administer the activities run by the PRA – the Racecourse Series, PRA/PC training days, taster days and Youth Training Schemes. Also to help with general data collection, writing reports and implementing marketing strategies to promote pony racing to a wide audience. There is scope for the role to develop.
Competence with Microsoft Office and Excel is important and some knowledge of pony racing will be useful.
The job is part-time and based near Ludlow, Shropshire.
Please contact Clarissa Daly for further information or email your CV with a covering letter to email@example.com
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or CareersinRacing on email@example.com.