Celebrating our 100th post – website tips and tricks

To celebrate our 100th post on this website, we are highlighting in this post six of the less obvious features on the website, which should make it easier to find a fixture, work out how to get there and research previous meetings at the course.

Course information

You can see the local of each of the Devon & Cornwall area courses on a Google map, selecting any of the courses (Blue balloon icon) gives you the option of having Google produce a set of directions to the course from your location which will include the distance to the course from your location, the expected duration of the trip and at the end of the directions the average fuel cost of the journey. The fuel cost can be configured by vehicle type, fuel type and fuel price per litre.

Sat Nav Points of Interest

Downloadable Point of Interest (POI) files are available for Tomtom, Garmin and Navman Sat Nav devices allowing you to install all of the Devon & Cornwall courses as Points of Interest on your device.

Fixtures

The 2013-14 Fixture list as well as including contact details for the Secretary of the meeting, the start time of the meeting and whether Pony Racing also takes place, includes two links for each fixture. The first, the location, links to the national website’s information about the course (course summary including a description of the racetrack, viewing, and parking, a racecourse map where available, the top performing riders at the course and local weather & traffic information), and to make it easier to find the course the second, the post code, links to the Google map described above and allows the directions feature of Google to be used.

Calendar

Why not download the 2013-14 Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point fixtures in the icalendar format, and import them into the calendar on your computer or device. You can then get reminders for every fixture this season send directly to you, with most calendars offering email, TXT or pop-up alerts. The fixtures of course are available in the calendar embedded on the home page as well..

Available for download: 2013-14 Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point fixture list in icalendar format

Categories

On the right side of the home screen, under the features articles section is a drop box allowing you to select a category, using this tool is a great way to find all the information related to a particular course or fixture.

Results

The national website now has results available for the most recent eleven seasons, and the last season (2012-13) results includes all runners and inline comments whilst the top three positions are available for previous seasons. This section of the Devon & Cornwall website provides the direct links to the appropriate section on www.pointtopoint.co.uk for the Devon & Cornwall meetings each season. Note: a subscription to the national website will be required to see the current season’s full results.

 

You saved my life

Article supplied by the Devon Air Ambulance Trust
Devon Air Ambulance
The New Devon Air Ambulance on it launch tour outside Exeter Catherdral

Jessica Westwood,  21, runs a successful business training racing horses at her yard in Exford, near Minehead.  Until March last year, however, Jessica was an amateur jockey and on target to carve a career as a race rider.

A serious accident in 2007 had almost put paid to Jessica’s dreams, when she was kicked as she fell from her horse and suffered swelling on the brain and a perforated eardrum, which affected both her sight and her balance.  After many frustrating months, however, Jess made an amazing recovery and was well and truly ‘back in the saddle’, enjoying both riding and training.

By March last year, Jess was aiming for a top six place at the annual Foxhunter Chase in Cheltenham, the amateur equivalent of the well-known Gold Cup, riding her 9-year old gelding, Monkerty Tunkerty.  Jessica was relaxed about the race; she knew that Monkerty Tunkerty was on top form, having been owned and trained by Jess over the previous two years, and Jessica was unfazed by such illustrious competition as racing against horses owned by the Queen and J P McManus.

However, Jess’s dreams came tumbling down when she suffered a fall the Quantock Staghounds point-to-point meeting at Cothelstone in March 2012.  Another head injury left the young rider with severe concussion, nauseous and exhausted with her  standing and walking affected.  Jessica was flown, unconscious, by Devon Air Ambulance,  to Musgrove Park Hospital.  Jessica has no memory of the accident, nor several days following and visits from worried family and friends went unnoticed.  After five days, Jessica came round and started the long road to recovery.  A further twelve days later, Jess started to walk again and was subsequently discharged from hospital.  She felt far from ‘back to normal’ however, and, following further tests, it was realised that as well as her head  injury, she also had two slipped discs at the top of her neck which had severely affected the left side of her body, leaving her with lack of balance and co-ordination and limited movement.   Even her speech was affected as Jess was speaking using mainly the left side of her mouth.

Thanks to family friends who have an orthopaedic clinic, Jess found herself in Germany for a month, firstly undergoing more scans and x-rays, which revealed the two slipped discs, and then weeks of intense treatment, including massage therapy, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, neuropsychology, hand and finger therapy and computer reaction training.

As she gradually overcame all the physical issues, Jess also had to come to terms with the fact that, following two such serious head injuries, she would never get her riding licence back.  Determined not to give up her equestrian life, however, Jess vowed to continue her other love; that of training race horses.

Demonstrating the same dedication and enthusiasm to her training as she had to her riding, Jess was soon reaping the rewards and, on Boxing Day, she saw her horse, Monkerty Tunkerty, win at Wincanton.  Her horse also won at Doncaster and, despite being the youngest trainer there, she watched with excitement as Monkerty Tunkerty came in 7th out of 24 at this year’s prestigious Cheltenham Festival.

Jess explained, “So much has happened in this last year.  From feeling at absolute rock bottom after the accident, to the absolute elation at the Cheltenham Festival just one year later.  I am aiming to get my full training licence this summer and hope that other people will then send me their horses to train.  I can’t thank everyone enough for the support they have shown and I will continue to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust whenever I can.”

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Point-To-Point Racing company products now available to order

 

The Point-To-Point Racing company have advised that all their 2013-14 season products are now available to order through their shop: http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/shop.html.

 

These include:

  • Pointing 2014 Annual

The annual provides an appraisal and rating of every horse that ran last season, plus full results and inline comments.

  • Point-To-Point & Hunter Chase Race Planner 2013/14

National and area awards, plus conditions for every race

  • Loose-leaf results 2013/14

Weekly update with indepth comments, ratings and results.

  • Ratings Service 2013/144

Weekly ratings for all rateable runners

  • pointtopoint.co.uk Membership Package

Access to the entries on a Tuesday, and full results through the pointtopoint.co.uk website.

  • pointtopoint.co.uk Membership Package plus

The extension to website service to include the views through viewpoint

Gail Haywood & GGH RACING

Gail Haywood, who trains on the edge of Dartmoor is looking forward to the new point to point season and is the first of our trainer profiles on the new Devon and Cornwall point to point website.

Gail, was lucky to have a fairytale start to her training career with her first two runners, SIR GRENVILLE and PHILOMENA winning first time out. Other winners followed such as ALL IN THE STARS, THE VENETIAN, TULLOW BOY, HERE’S JOHNNY, BENETWOOD and most recently Milburn.

The yard is on the edge of the moor with a fantastic array of hill work, schooling facilities and a grass gallop to which Gail hopes to soon add an all weather gallop. Her ethos is to treat every horse as an individual, pay attention to detail while offering value for money for her clients.

She has a small number of horses to run point to pointing with a number going on to run ‘under rules’ or hunter chasing.

She said: “I am not from a racing family but horse racing has been a passion since being a toddler. I was really into flat racing but at 10 st and 5ft 9” I had to refocus! Friends and family offered me encouragement along the lines of ‘stop dreaming, get an education and a real job’ or ‘she’ll grow out of it when she gets a boyfriend’ but I drove my parents to distraction, got riding lessons and then a pony and joined pony club where I happily competed in Tetrathlon and other events.”

A chance meeting at 14 with Neil Kernick and his father Syd led to Gail being taken under the wing of the legendary horseman at their yard near Kingsteignton. She continued to ride out for them during school and university holidays until Neil relinquished his licence in 1994, but he continued to support Gail during her point to point career, driving her to the races and coaching her. Over the next 13 years Gail worked in various roles as groom/work rider,racing secretary for a variety of professional trainers and in 2007 took the advice of PD Keane and set up GGH racing.

We are very much looking forward to running the following, as well as some others, this coming season:

BENETWOOD

BENETWOOD
BENETWOOD
12 YR OLD GELDINGBY BENEFICIAL EX DONEGAL THYNE BY GOOD THYNE

OWNER – MRS SUZIE HAYWOOD

SPONSORED BY – THE PASSAGE HOUSE HOTEL & INN

A winner of 10 races, Benetwood didn’t run last season, although he was in full training. He was found to be suffering from a hoof infection, which has taken an age to settle. When he finally came 100% right the season was nigh on over, so we decided to wait for this year. We are very much looking forward to running him again as he won twice, on the bounce, for us in the 2011-2012 season.

RICHARDOFDOCCOMBE

RICHARDOFDOCCOMBE
RICHARDOFDOCCOMBE
7 YR OLD GELDINGBY HERON ISLAND EX STRIKE AGAIN (PHARDANTE)

OWNER – MR ROMILLY STUART-JERVIS

SPONSORED BY – MANHOLE COVERS LTD

Richardofdoccombe finished a good 4th, against far more experienced horses, on his only outing in a Point to Point last season, on ground that was too quick for him and over a trip which is too short.We didn’t get chance to run him again as he contracted a cough and when his bloods came right the ground for him had gone.We are hoping he can win a Maiden Point to Point on softer ground and then hopefully he will progress to run under rules.He is a lovely natural and athletic jumper and will ultimately be aimed at Beginners Chases on Good to Soft or Soft ground.

STACOMBE BETTY

STACOMBE BETTY
STACOMBE BETTY
5 YR OLD FILLYBY KAYF TARA EX RUBY STAR (GRAND PLAISIR)

OWNER  – MISS G G HAYWOOD

SPONSORED BY – MANHOLE COVERS LTD

An unraced, homebred, filly by leading Nation Hunt sire Kayf Tara from a winning family, Betty is a lovely big individual, who looks like she was made to jump a fence.My aim with her is to run her in Point to Pointing, with a long term view to running her over hurdles & fences in the future.

MILBURN

MILBURN
MILBURN
7 YR OLD GELDINGBY FIRST TRUMP EX BARONESS ROSE (ROSELIER)

OWNERS – MISS G G HAYWOOD & MR ROMILLY STUART-JERVIS

SPONSORED BY – MANHOLE COVERS LTD

WINNER OF TWO POINT TO POINT RACES IN 2013 (MAIDEN & RESTRICTED)

Milburn was purchased by myself as a 2 year old from a field in Bromsgrove and has been somewhat of a long-term project.An excellent jumper and a horse with scope and gears at home, Milburn ran very greenly in his first two Point to Points, failing to complete. However, on his third run the penny finally dropped and despite a step up in trip from 2m4f to 3 miles and a horse falling directly in front of him at the last fence he won his 12 runner Maiden Race in May 2013, showing a ready turn of foot to, somewhat controversially, just get up on the line. He then went on to win his Restricted Point to Point three weeks later at Umberleigh.He is still green, but a rapidly improving sort.

TULLOW BOY

TULLOW BOY
TULLOW BOY
9 YR OLD GELDINGBY DOUBLE TRIGGER EX POLLY’S PERK (EXECUTIVE PERK)

OWNER – MR ROMILLY STUART-JERVIS

SPONSORED BY – MANHOLE COVERS LTD

WINNER OF A MAIDEN POINT TO POINT – MAY 2010

WINNER OF A NOVICE CHASE AT FFOS LAS – DEC 2011

Tullow Boy came to us as a massive (17.1hh), terribly weak, big, backward 4 year old. We spent considerable time in building up his strength and educating him slowly, so as not to damage his ever-increasing frame.He proved himself to be very athletic for a horse of his size (now 17.3hh) and easily won a 2m 4f Point to Point when trained by us in May 2011. He went on to win his first race under rules by 7 lengths and looked to be a very promising individual.He then had a number of health issues and came back into work for the 2012-2013 season and the plan was to run him Hunter Chasing ourselves, but we couldn’t get his bloods 100% right. Therefore, we decided to wait until he came right, which he now has. He is now fit and strong and is currently in training. He is a giant of a horse, who is surprisingly athletic for his size, with a bright future over fences. We will be aiming him for Hunter Chases and are very excited about running him again has we think he is an improving sort.

More info about the horses an our plans for them and up to date news can be found at www.gghracing.com or by joining our facebook group – GGH Racing.

I look forward to seeing you all at the races in the forthcoming season.

Gail & Jasper
Gail & Jasper

PPA: APPOINTMENT OF THE INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER

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The Point to Point Authority

The Point to Point Authority

The Board of the Point-to-Point Authority is pleased to announce the vacancy for an Independent Member recently advertised has been filled. The number of applications exceeded expectations, as did the caliber of applicant.

The interviewing panel which consisted of four members of the current Board:

• Mike Felton (MFHA)
• Tabitha Cave (Independent)
• Heather Kemp (Independent)
• Steven Astaire (PPSA)

were unanimous in offering the position to Nick Sutton, who has subsequently accepted it.

Nick Sutton comes to the Board with the experience of being an owner and rider. He retired from race riding in April 2013 following the Aintree Festival having had a career, riding winners both under Rules and between the Flags, spanning 25 years. His son now rides successfully in Point-to-Points having learnt the trade from Pony racing.

Nick Sutton said upon his acceptance of the position:

“I am delighted to accept the invitation to join what is a strong and effective Board, and look forward to serving the sport and all of those connected with Point-to-Point Racing to ensure that we continue to attract, owners, riders, spectators, sponsors, bookmakers and all those other involved individuals and organisations in an increasingly competitive leisure market.”

Simon Claisse, Chairman of the PPA, said:

“I am delighted Nick has accepted the position and welcome his addition to the Board as someone with both practical experience and a successful business acumen. I feel he will be able to utlilise his expertise and knowledge of modern communications and the world of information technology to underpin and enhance the future of the sport”

Nick will start his term of office on 1st January 2014 when Heather Kemp steps down and will join the existing Board members who are:

• Simon Claisse (Independent)
• Richard Russell (Jockey Club)
• Steven Astaire (Point-to-Point Secretaries Association)
• Richard Fuller (Point-to-Point Owners & Riders Association)
• Mike Felton (Master of Foxhounds Association)
• Tabitha Cave (Independent)

For further information please contact the Point-to-Point Authority: 01285 841920 / info@p2pa.co.uk

Go Pointing Survey – 2013/14 Season

From Point-to-Point Racing Company

As we gear up for the new Point-to-Point season we are looking at ways in which we can improve the services and products we provide, with particular reference to ‘Go Pointing’.

We would love to hear from you and it would be greatly appreciated if you could take a couple of minutes to complete our short survey.

All answers are completely anonymous – just click on the link below and express your view:

http://freeonlinesurveys.com/v1/rendersurvey.asp?sid=x7v6obnvodk37cb1055091

Many thanks,

The Point-To-Point Racing Company logo
The Point-To-Point Racing Company

2013-14 Fixtures

The Devon & Cornwall fixture list for 2013-14 has been released, and can be viewed on the Fixtures page. The season starts at Black Forest Lodge on the 1st December 2013 and reaches the traditional finale at Umberleigh on Saturday 14th June 2014. There will be 27 Point-To-Points in the Devon & Cornwall area this season and 12 Pony Races, with 11 of those taking place before the Point-To-Point meeting and the Umberleigh final, after the Point-To-Point.

The planner is now available for order from the Weatherbys Shop and contains Race Conditions for all Point-To-Points and Hunter Chases nationally.

POINT-TO-POINT FENCES FOR SALE:

From The Point to Point Authority

Updated on the 18th November: We have been advised all fence sections have been sold

Update on the 1st October 2013:

The South Devon Hunt still has the following equipment for sale:

9 fence sections stuffed with new birch
20 pairs of marker flags
8 sets of fence stewards flags
8 diversion marker boards
4 empty wooden frames
30 hurdles most of which are painted.
Reasonable offers considered. Reasonable local transport can be arranged.

Please contact: Valerie Kemp: 01404 881353 / 07974 808318 or rmkemp@btinternet.com

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Congratulations to Kayley Jones and Richard Woollacott

The wedding of Kayley Jones and Richard Woollacott took place on Friday 6th September 2013 at Rose Ash Church, South Molton, North Devon. The service was followed by a short break back to the stables for a photo shoot with Kayley’s Point-to-Point schoolmaster Kilrogen along with the couples family dogs. They were then joined by over one hundred guests for a party at The Fox and Hounds, Eggesford to dance the night away. The celebrations continued over the weekend when Richard saddled a winner at Fontwell Park, seeing Nothingbutthetruth hold on and win by a nose for jockey Tom Scudamore.


The couple then headed off for their honeymoon and well deserved break in Italy, before Kayley settles into the forthcoming Point-to-Point season which the young trainers are looking forward to.