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The Racecourse Series is the crème de la crème of Pony Racing.
Taking place on a racecourse before or after professional racing, two races are staged each time with ponies and riders having qualified to compete.
Fast, furious and competitive, Racecourse Series Pony Races can easily be mistaken for being “the real thing.” They take place between April and October with points accumulated for the finals, the pinnacle of the Pony Racing season.
The whole experience mirrors professional racing to give those involved an insight and understanding as to how the professional sport operates. The PRA steward and BHA Jockey Coach (sponsored by RaceTech) oversee the pony races on the day alongside the BHA Starter, Judge and Clerk of the Scales.
Sponsored by Charles Owen since 2005, the Racecourse Series is the showcase for the sport. Charles Owen’s investment in the sport has been significant and without their commitment many of the opportunities today through Pony Racing would not be possible.
Each race has a Best Turned Out with prizes kindly sponsored by careersinracing.
The Conditions Series
The Conditions Series was launched in 2015 to encourage children to start racing in the Racecourse series. It is open to children or ponies who have not been placed (1st-4th) in the Racecourse Charles Owen Final in the last 2 years. The Series has its own Finals and all points gained in the Conditions Series count towards the Charles Owen Finals!
If you want to watch the Conditions Final 2015 from York – please Click Here
Charles Owen Finals
In the past we have been lucky enough for the finals to have been held at some fabulous venues including Cheltenham, Newmarket, York and Newbury. Competitors, their families and friends are invited to come and celebrate the childrens’ success over the season. The PRA hosts lunch for everyone and our sponsors provide a helmet for each finalist.
The Rose Bengal Awards
These awards have been generously sponsored since 2009 by the Prince Family in memory of their successful racing pony Rose Bengal. The awards recognise four riders each year for their hard work and success:
138 cm Leading Rider Award
138 cm Scholarship Award
148 cm Leading Rider Award
148 cm Scholarship Award
The Leading Rider Awards is for the rider who has gained most points during the season, not including the Finals. The Scholarship Award is for the rider who has shown most improvement throughout the season. The winners are chosen from nominations made by the Steward and the Jockey Coach throughout the season. The winners get a personalised jacket, a pony racing saddle and an individual session with a BHA Qualified Jockey Coach.
From 2017 the PRA will arrange for the winners of the 148 cm Rose Bengal Awards to have access to work experience as part of their prize. This could be in any part of the industry depending on what interests the winner; perhaps with a trainer or at a racecourse or with one of our sponsors!
RaceTech have kindly agreed to sponsor an award of up to £500 for a Pony Racing graduate/s at the end of the season. These individuals will be looking to continue their involvement with racing by going into work in the horse racing industry and the award will be available to help individuals with equipment, travel or courses to support their development. Riders will be nominated by PRA stewards and the final decision will be made by the PRA Board.
These Awards, along with many others for the season, are presented at the end of season lunch. This is preceded by a yard or stud visit and is a great chance for everyone to get together without ponies to worry about!