Exeter to host DBS bumper final

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Following the success of last season’s inaugural Doncaster Bloodstock Sales’ point to point bumper final at Aintree, the Devon and Cornwall point to point area is delighted to announce that Exeter will be hosting a similar final in April.

The £5,000 bumper is open to all four, five or six year old horses which are placed first, second or third in any maiden race. The first three home will also be offered a place at the Doncaster May Sales.

The DBS bumper final will be held on Ladies’ Night , April 21 at Exeter.

Devon and Cornwall Area Secretary Gordon Chambers said:  “We are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious final at Exeter and it is great to have DBS on board for what will be a hotly contested final.”

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The key information you need for the start of the 2015-16 season

The Point-To-Point Racing Company have made the conditions for the early season fixtures available online, whilst they complete the proof reading the planner ahead of the publication going to print. The conditions for the Black Forest Club and Cornwall club meetings can be downloaded here: planner_prechristmas_2016.pdf.

The ENTRIES for the Black Forest Club meeting close on Monday 23rd November, at 12 noon.

You can order the planner though the Weatherbys Online Shop, or by calling the order line on 01933 304792 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

Hunter Certificate (HC)

The Hunter Certificate for the 2015/16 season is now available online. Please click here to download your copy: hunter_certificate_2015.pdf

The Hunter Cert registration deadline for the Black Forest Club meeting is: Friday 20th November, 12 noon

Rider Qualification Certificate (RQC)

The Rider Qualification Certificate for the 2015/16 season is now available online. Please click here to download your copy: rqc_application_2015.pdf

The RQC page on http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk advises applications for those wishing to ride on 29th November must be received by the PPA Office NO LATER than Friday 14th November.

PPA Newsletter – September 2015

The latest PPA E-Newsletter includes: important information regarding skull cap and body protector standards for the upcoming season; news on two new team members at the Point-to-Point Authority; as well as information on the key amendments to Point-to-Point regulations for the 2015/16 season. Please click here to download your copy: ppa_newsletter_sept_2015.html

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Live broadcasting from Devon & Cornwall point-to-points using Periscope

We are planning to use, Periscope, the new social media technology from Twitter to live stream directly from the Devon & Cornwall point-to-points this season, starting with Black Forest Club, at Black Forest Lodge on 29th November 2015.

How do I watch these broadcasts?

Periscope broadcasts can be viewed using a web browser, and the address for viewing the broadcasts on the web is: https://www.periscope.tv/pointingdc

However the website limits you to viewing only. By downloading the Periscope app to your iOS or Android device (smartphone or tablet), you will be able to:

  • If you follow PointingDC on Periscope you will get a notification that a broadcast is starting
  • Ask questions in the Periscope comments, that can we answer or put to the interviewee during the broadcast. E.g. What price is the favourite?, “who is riding x?”, what are the plans for the winner now? Etc.
  • Make suggestions in comments for the broadcast, such as “can you zoom in on the favourite?”, ”Can you show the current prices”, etc.
  • Tap on the screen when we are broadcasting in the paddock to indicate your favourite horse.
  • Grab a screenshot of your favourite horse live from the broadcast
  • Notify your friends of the broadcast by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Periscope
  • The broadcasts will be available for replay for 24 hours, after which they will expire automatically.

When should I expect the broadcasts on race day?

I would expect to start broadcasting from the paddock area about 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each race and for that broadcast to finish after the horses head down to the start about 10 minutes later.

For the interviews, expect them about 15-20 minutes after the start time of the race and the interview to last 2-3 minutes.

Note: The broadcasts will start a minute or two early to give everyone a chance to join. During which time we will be welcoming newcomers and recapping the introduction before moving onto the main content of the broadcast. If however you missed some of the content, it will be available on replay on Periscope for 24 hours.

How do I make suggestions for the broadcasts?

If you would like to notify us of anything you want us to cover in our broadcasts, or want to contact us outside of the broadcasts themselves on race day please tweet them to: @PointingDC https://twitter.com/PointingDC

The ability to broadcast is dependent upon having sufficient mobile coverage, requiring 3G at a minimum and suitable weather conditions. Periscope’s minimum is an upload speed of 0.3mb, whereas the national average 3G upload speed is 1.7Mb and Periscope operates best at 2Mb or more (i.e. 4G speeds). If the connection speed is slow the quality of the broadcast will automatically be lowered by Periscope to suit the available connection speed. In some cases unfortunately it may not be possible to broadcast from the course at all or from the planned areas of the course such as the paddock if the signal is too weak. Looking at the latest coverage maps, most courses have good 4G coverage.

Watching an hour of Periscope video will use approximately 250Mb, so if you are on a mobile plan with a low mobile data limit you might want to watch the replays later.

For troubleshooting watching broadcasts on Periscope, please refer to the following support page: https://help.periscope.tv/

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The BRIAN ARMSTRONG MEMORIAL RACE will run at Holnicote on Saturday 7th May 2016

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Following the sad news of the death of Brian Armstrong, stalwart of Point-to-Point reporting in the West Country and ardent supporter of the sport, commentator Nick Child has organised The BRIAN ARMSTRONG MEMORIAL RACE.

It will be run at Holnicote (Brian’s Favourite course) on Saturday 7th May 2015 at the Minehead Harriers & West Somerset fixture, The chosen race is the Mixed Open race which will now carry a total prize fund of £1,000!! Plus trophies.

Mr Philip Hobbs normally sponsors this race and he has very kindly offered to continue sponsoring it to the tune of £325 with the remaining sponsorship money made up by very generous donations from those who knew Brian.

Brian had a distinct “Soft spot” for Holnicote, Which surely ranks as one of the country’s most picturesque point to point courses and this Nick feels along with his wife Gill would prove a fitting tribute to a man who devoted so much to the sport of Point to point racing.

This promises to be a fitting tribute to Brian, and Nick is currently fundraising not only for the race’s £1,000 prize money, with any surplus going to pancreatic cancer charities. If you would like to donate, sponsor the race or can support the fundraising in any way, please contact Nick by telephone on 07714 613511 or email nicholasjameschild@hotmail.com or donations can be sent to –

Nick Child
88 Fordhook Avenue
W5 3LR