PtP Pony Racing: update re Point-to-Point Pony Racing

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TO:  All PRA MEMBERS

As the 2015 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Season is now in full swing, I thought it a good time to drop you a line to give you an update on various things:

2015 RACETECH POINT-TO-POINT PONY RACING PLANNER
By now, you should now have received a Planner.  If you haven’t then please let me know and I’ll put one in the post to you. It has all the details you need for every ptp pony race being staged in the country during the season and a lot more. This is the third year it has been produced and it’s our intention to make it the “must have” publication.

The book is generously supported by RaceTech and Howden Insurance Brokers Limited (www.howdengroup.com – who provide competitive insurance cover for all aspects of equestrianism).

RACETECH NOVICE RIDERS RACE SERIES
QUALIFYING RACES – HURRY IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, ENTER ONE OF THE RACES SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT – These are perfect races for less experienced combinations to have a run in. Those finishing 1st – 4th qualify for the Championship Final on the 30th May. If there are enough of each height category (138cms / 148cms) two races will be staged. 
 
If you are a seasoned pony racer but know of someone who is new to the sport and falls into this category, then please tell them about the series as it really is the best place to start.

Further qualifying races are:

 – COTSWOLD AT ANDOVERSFORD – Sun, 12th April (entries close 5th Apr)
– Old Surrey, Burstow & West Kent- Penshurst – Sat, 18th April
– Lauderdale – Mosshouses – Sat, 2nd May
– Radnor & West Hereford – Cold Harbour – Sun, 3rd May
 – Dulverton West – Bratton Down – Sun, 17th May 
– Grafton – Whitfield – Sun, 17th May
– Knutsford Races – Tabley – Sun, 17th May

Entries for the FINALS (more details below) close on Sunday, 24th May at 8.00pm.  All details can be found on page 78 of the Planner.

Qualified combinations to date are:

Pony Rider
Baronsdown Obi Kanobi Owen Lewis
Bonita Polly Ann Smith 
Cailin  Katy Moss
Caverio Tara Stockwell
Denny Royal Lady Charlie Woods
Dutchess  Elena Nikou
Goldfinch Jessy  Ellie Vaughan
Longbourne Rose Ted Featherstone
Millie Jack Young
Morgan Abby Robertson
Mountain Gerwyn Ruby Hall
Mountain Sinbad Harvey Carrington
Pebbles Sophia Waring
Penway Merlin Alexandra Geldard
Rosevale Seren Salute Katie Sinclair 
Royal Oak Rose Lad Emma Smith
Shena Rory Davidson
Song Bird  Finley Marsh
Spring Daisy White  
Stambrook Socialite 
Connor Baker

THE 2015 RACETECH GRADUATE AWARD
The rider who has the most points at the end of the season via the Champion Points Series and who turns 16 during the 2015/16 PtP season and wishes to take out a Point-to-Point Riders Qualification Certificate (RQC), will be offered sponsorship via the Riders Sponsorship Scheme (RSS) from RaceTech.

The RSS is a sponsorship initiative created by the Point-to-Point Authority, which enables riders to source sponsorship to assist the costs associated with riding. For further information about the award please contact: Lucy Tucker 01258 817604 / 07771 518258 / ptpponyracing@icloud.com

RaceTech Graduate Points as at 30.3.15: 

William Carver* – 29, Ben Godfrey & Harriet Godfrey – 20, Connor Murtagh & Isabel Hunt – 14, Izzie Marshall & Lucy Hammond – 10, Abbie McCain & Bruce Lynn – 8,

Jack Young, Will Thirlby & Jamie Perrett – 7, William Cox – 6, Ben Sutton, Finley Marsh, Katie Sinclair & Thomasina Eyston – 5, Michael Treneer & Sam Burton – 4,

William Rekert – 3, Francesca Flinton, Harry Charleton, Honor Whyte & Kieren Rundell – 1

*rides in both 138cms & 148cms races

2015 POINT-TO-POINT PONY RACING RIDER CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Rider’s Championship Points Series runs throughout the season for both 138cms & 148cms riders. It has become a highly competitive affair with points being allocated to the first four past the post. The rider from each height category with the most points at the end of the season will be invited to attend an awards presentation at Cheltenham Races in October, being the home of National Hunt Racing thus giving the award winners a taste of what might come if they wish to pursue a career as a jockey. Point are awarded on the following basis: 1st – 7, 2nd – 5, 3rd -3, 4th – 1.

Points as at 30.3.15:

138cms Rider Points

Benoit de la Sayette – 25, Brad Kent – 22, Alfie Godfrey, Tamby Welch & William Carver – 21, Charlie Todd & Connor Brace – 19, Sophie Smith – 17, Charlie Sprake  – 16

Elliot England & Roisin Leech – 14

148cms Rider Points

Connor Brace – 28, Benoit de la Sayette – 21, Ben Godfrey & Harriet Godfrey – 20, Cosmo Ball – 18, Connor Murtagh, Isabel Hunt, Jamie Perrett & William Humphrey – 14

Finnley Green & Joe Bradham – 11

2015 POINT-TO-POINT PONY RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS at Garthorpe by kind permission of the Meynell & South Staffordshire PtP on Saturday, 30th May

As mentioned under the RaceTech Novice Riders Race Series, the annual Championship Races will be staged by kind permission of the the Meynell & South Staffordshire Hunt at its Point-to-Point. The following races will be run:

  • The RaceTech Novice Rider Championship Final – two races (138 / 148) numbers permitting
  • The 148cms & Under Conditions Final – for combinations who have only been PLACED (2nd-4th inc) in a PtP Pony race during the current season.
  • The 138cms & Under Championship Final – For combinations that have won TWO or more 138cms & under PtP Pony Races (with the exception of Novice Races) during the current season
  • The 148cms & Under Championship Final – For combinations that have won TWO or more 148cms & under PtP Pony Races (with the exception of Novice Races) during the current season

Entries close on Sunday, 24th May at 8.00pm and should be sent to: Mrs Lucy Tucker. Locketts Farm, Droop, Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 0EZ / ptpponyracing@icloud.com.  In the run up to the closing deadline a list of eligible combinations will be advertised for the races.

SOCIAL MEDIA / COMMUNICATION / COVERAGE
 
Facebook – if you are on Facebook and have not already liked our page, Point to Point Pony Racing, please do so as it has all the up to date information on it and we encourage people to send us photos and info so we can share it.

Twitter – We also have a Twitter account, @PtPPonyracing, so please follow us on that too.

Website – The national website can be found at www.ponyracingauthority.co.uk

Go Pointing – All the entries and results are also carried in the weekly Go Pointing pdf as circulated by the Point-to-Point Racing Company – it’s free and easy to subscribe to just click on the following link: http://pointtopoint.co.uk/go_pointing.html

Should you have any queries or would like anymore info on any of the content of this email, please don’t hesitate to contact me on any of the details as listed below.

I hope you have a good Easter and a successful pony racing campaign over the coming months.

With best wishes

Lucy Tucker

cc Area Pony Racing Reps
PPSA Area Secretaries
PRA
PtPRC
PPORA
PPA
Fixture secretaries of meetings staging the ptp pony races

PtP Pony Racing
ptpponyracing@icloud.com
Tel: 01258 817604
Mob: 07771 518258
Facebook: Point to Point Racing
Twitter: Point-to-Point Pony (@PtPPonyracing)

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