Andrew Merriam appointed chairman of Point-to-Point Authority Board

Former Point-to-Point Secretaries’ Association (PPSA) Chairman, Andrew Merriam is to become chairman of Britain’s Point-to-Point Authority (PPA) Board.

Merriam, who lives in Suffolk, becomes the fourth person to hold the role since the PPA’s creation in 2008 – previous holders have been Robert Waley-Cohen, Simon Claisse and Tim Curtis.

Nick Sutton, who has acted as chairman in a temporary capacity since Curtis stepped down earlier this year, and retains that role until December, said: “After a thorough search I am delighted to say we have appointed Andrew as an independent director and the next chairman of The PPA. Andrew brings great depth of knowledge and experience of point-to-pointing, being a past chairman of The Point-to-Point Secretaries’ Association [PPSA], in addition to owning and breeding racehorses with his wife Jean.”

“Point-to-pointing is one of the grass roots of racing under Rules and makes a significant contribution to it, by providing a stepping stone for up-and-coming talent and by taking in horses who have raced under Rules.

“With that in mind, Andrew joins us at a critical time as we seek a share of funding from the increase in betting revenues that will be distributed via the newly formed Racing Authority. My colleagues and I welcome Andrew as our next chairman as we seek to put point-to-pointing on a sustainable footing for the next generation.”

Merriam, who is currently a Jockey Club Deputy Senior Steward and British Horseracing Authority Director, has been actively involved in the sport for many years, most recently as a conduit for a Jockey Club Racecourses and Arena Racing Company initiative that saw coverage of the sport return to the Racing Post Weekender for the 2016/17 season.

Merriam, said: “I have been passionate about point-to-pointing throughout my life and have attended hundreds of meetings both as an owner, steward, husband of a trainer, father of a jockey, and in other voluntary guises. I see this opportunity to lead point-to-pointing forward during this exciting period as a great honour, and I look forward to serving the sport, and working with the PPA’s stakeholders to ensure our sport thrives. I would like to thank my new colleagues at The PPA for their trust in me, and thank them for the work they have done to progress the sport during an unprecedented economic period.

LEADING JOCKEYS – DEVON & CORNWALL AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 – FINAL STANDINGS

MEN

Darren Edwards 117 points
Will Biddick 109 points
Martin McIntyre 49 points
Josh Newman 40 points
Rex Dingle 38points
Matt Hampton 37 points
Jamie Thomas 36 points
Jake Bament 31 points
Sean Houlihan 31points

  LADIES’

Bryony Frost 42 points
Jo Buck 35 points
Vicky Wade 27 points
Hannah Welch 22 points
Emma Watson 14 points
Leanda Tickle 12 points

  MEN NOVICE

Rex Dingle 38 points
Jack Veysey 18 points
Christopher Barber 18 points
Lorcan Williams 18 points
Rob Stoneman 10 points
Ben Godfrey 9 points

LADY NOVICE

Emma Watson 14 points
Abbie Hughes 11 points
Zoe Hawkins 9 points
Thomasina Eyston 9 points
Mille Wonnacott 9 points
Lucy Proven 6 points
Harriet Tucker 6 points

VETERANS

Alex Muirhead 7 points
Martin Peaty 6 points

https://youtu.be/_srWHOjqFjw Scoring system: 4 points win. 2 points second, 1 point third:- Devon & Cornwall Area meetings only

FULL LIST OF DEVON & CORNWALL AREA AWARDS 2017

LEADING LADY RIDER JG Kellock Memorial Trophy

Bryony Frost

 

LEADING GENTLEMAN RIDER Peter Pearn Memorial Trophy

Darren Edwards

 

LEADING NOVICE LADY RIDER A Perpetual Challenge Cup

Emma Watson

 

LEADING NOVICE GENTLEMAN RIDER A Perpetual Challenge Cup

Rex Dingle

 

LEADING TRAINER WITH MORE THAN FIVE HORSES A Perpetual Challenge Cup

Dean Summersby

 

LEADING TRAINER WITH FIVE HORSES OR LESS HJ Widdicombe Memorial Trophy

Mike Biddick

 

LEADING OWNER GK Probert Perpetual Challenge Cup

Dean Summersby

 

LEADING OWNER/RIDER Silver Ransome Perpetual Challenge Cup

Jack Veysey

 

LEADING VETERAN RIDER Orchard Perpetual Challenge Cup

Alex Muirhead

 

OWNER OF LEADING HORSE Axminster Carpets Perpetual Challenge Cup

Dean Summersby – Chosen Lucky

 

OWNER OF LEADING NOVICE HORSE Little Vanity Perpetual Challenge Cup

Dean Summersby with Chosen Lucky

 

OWNER OF LEADING MARE Cornish Princess Perpetual Challenge Cup

Hannah Broggio – Whenharrymetsally

 

OWNER OF LEADING VETERAN HORSE Anjubi Perpetual Challenge Trophy

Mike Biddick – There’s No Panic

 

OWNER/BREEDER OF LEADING HORSE Seal Marine Perpetual Challenge Trophy

No claims received

 

RIDER GAINING MOST POINTS AT A SINGLE MEETING Prideaux Horse Perpetual Challenge trophy

Darren Edwards – 14 points at Eggesford

 

RIDER OF WINNER OF LONGEST OFFICIAL SP Devon & Cornwall Bookmakers Perpetual Challenge Trophy

Jake Bament – The Overflow 50-1 at Tiverton Staghounds

 

WESTERN MORNING NEWS TROPHY

Stuart Sampson:

 

Trainer Stuart Sampson achieved a memorable performance at the South Tetcott meeting at Upcott Cross on 29th May by saddling three winners from his small string. The horses he trained at Culmstock won a total of nine point-to-points in all this year in the Devon & Cornwall area, plus others outside the area..