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Owner/trainers, a key component of point-to-point racing, are to be recognised by a new series of monthly awards sponsored by Europe’s leading specialist animal feed manufacturer and nutrition expert Dodson & Horrell.

Launched to celebrate the company’s 30th Anniversary of sponsoring point-to-pointing, the awards will be given to people who both own and train their horses. Some examples from last season could include Gloucestershire’s Charles Levinson, who trained Premier Portrait to win eight races, or Herefordshire-based Nicholas Jones, who saddled his own horse, Real Milan, to land three races under his son Jack. The most recent of these victories taking place in the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Novice Riders’ Series Final at Garthorpe back in May.

In order to win one of these monthly awards, the owner/trainer will need to be nominated by someone within their area – suggestions should be given to Point-to-Point Owners & Riders’ Association (PPORA) representatives or sent to the association’s office, where a short list will be drawn up. The sponsors will then pick a winner who will receive a bottle of champagne, ten bags of Dodson & Horrell feed and an optional yard visit from one of the company’s nutritional specialists who will give them expert advice on feeding for performance.

Sam Horrell, CEO at Dodson & Horrell said: “Dodson & Horrell support from the grass roots to the advanced levels of every equestrian discipline – we hope to support not only the younger generation coming into Point-to-Point but also the smaller owner / trainer yards which have sustained and established the sport over the years. We hope that this new award will encourage all participants, particularly those from the smaller family-run yards and thereby recognising their enthusiasm for the sport.”

This is not the feed manufacturer’s only sponsorship within point-to-pointing, for they continue to back the Novice Riders’ Series with the PPORA and the also support the Wilkinson Sword award, which is given at the PPORA’s annual Stratford lunch to the leading male novice rider under-21 with no wins at the season’s outset.