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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.
|March 31, 2018||Kempton||7f||1m 3f||Before|
|April 22, 2018||Wincanton||8f||1m 2f||Before|
|May 7, 2018||Bath||1m||1m2f||Before|
|May 27, 2018||Fontwell||7f||1m2f||After|
|May 28, 2018||Huntingdon||7f||1m 1f||After|
|May 30, 2018||Beverley||7f||1m1f||Before|
|June 10, 2018||Goodwood||6f||6f||Before|
|July 8, 2018||Market Rasen||7f||1m2f||Before|
|July 14, 2018||Ascot||6f||1m||Before|
|July 20, 2018||Nottingham||6f||1m2f||Before|
|July 21, 2018||Haydock||5f||1m2f||Before|
|July 24, 2018||Chelmsford City||6f||7f||Before|
|July 29, 2018||Uttoxeter||7f||1m||Before|
|July 30, 2018||Newton Abbot||7f||1m||After|
|August 3, 2018||Musselburgh||7f||1m||Before|
|August 7, 2018||Newbury||6f||1m||Before|
|August 9, 2018||Great Yarmouth||6f||6f||Before|
|August 10, 2018||Wolverhampton||6f||1m1f||Before|
|August 20, 2018||Thirsk||7f||1m4f||Before|
|August 23, 2018||Stratford||7f||1m1f||After|
|August 27, 2018||Southwell||7f||1m||Before|
|August 27, 2018||Chepstow||1m 2f||1m3f||Before|
|August 31, 2018||Bangor-on-Dee||7f||1m2f||After|
|September 9, 2018||York||1m||1m1f||Before|
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.
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.
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!