Racecourse Series

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 normally 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 oversee the pony races on the day alongside the BHA Starter, Judge and Clerk of the Scales.

The Racecourse Series is the showcase for the sport.

Each race has a Best Turned Out and the series has a Riders’ Championship and Leading Pony Awards.

In addition, we have the Rose Bengal Scholarship Awards. These are awarded to the rider in each category who the PRA Steward and BHA Jockey Coach believe to have improved the most throughout the series.

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Cancellation of Haydock – From Daniel Cooper

Following our challenges with slipping on the bend, at Haydock Park on Saturday, we abandoned racing on the round course. We have had to therefore re-risk assess the use of this bend moving forward and to that end I have set up a project team to review this week.

I have received BHA inspectorate support to review this, as they share our heightened view on risk here for all participants, whilst we are making every possible enquiry with stakeholders to improve the position of our bend. To be clear, our resilience plan will aim to deliver safe thoroughbred racing on Saturday, which should intend to be the same for Ponies, however I feel the need to be completely robust and alleviate anything further to the raceday, having experienced such difficulty on Saturday.

Caroline is working to look at options for a replacement fixture and will be in contact with all that have entered Haydock.

Harry Davies and Little Anne 2019

 

Click here to read an update on The Racecourse Series Handicap System

Click here for current Pony Gradings – updated 12 July 2024.

Any owner wishing to challenge their pony’s grading must do so in writing to the PRA Chief Executive by emailing  fiona@ponyracingauthority.co.uk.  This will then be reviewed by the PRA’s Chief Handicapper, Phil Smith, and the PRA Board.

The reason for the handicap system is to give all ponies and riders a fairer chance and therefore make pony races more competitive, improving participation and thereby the spectacle.