Auction

LAST CALL FOR PLEDGES FOR THE LIVESTREAM CHRISTMAS AUCTION AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED SO FAR!

If you are a regular visitor to our Facebook page you’ll already have seen some of the fantastic pledges we’ve received – with things to tempt racing fans nationwide!

We are now finalising the details of some remaining lots, so expect more updates here over the next few days. Auction goes live on December 19th and we’ll share details of how to see full details of everything on offer, and how to bid, here and on the website www.pointingdc.co.uk

We’ve been blown away by the generosity of everyone shown below:

Aintree Racecourse, Henry Bailey, Darren “Birdie” Bird, Yogi Breisner, Cheltenham Racecourse and Jockey Club Estates (Ian Renton), Chepstow Racecourse (Robert Cooper) Dave Crocker, Tim Dennis, Dartmoor Hawking (Mike Whitely), Devon and Exeter Racecourse (Dan Cooper), Devon Hampers (Adam Fox-Edwards), Dunraven Arms (Louis Murphy and Richard Pugh), Farmers Friend (Phillips), Warren and Tessa Greatrex, Rodi Greene, Luke Harvey, John & Sandra Heard, Rita Heard, Nicky Henderson and Charlie Morlock, Philip & Sarah Hobbs, Tom Malone, Linda Matthews, Newton Abbot Racecourse (Pat Masterson and Jason Loosemore), Paul Nichols, Oaksey House (IJF Lady Oaksey and Clare Hazel), Fergal O’Brien, Tom O’Sullivan, Ben Pauling, Ian and Aaron Pearce, David Pipe, Dan Skelton, Michael and Tina Smith, Stratford Racecourse (Ilona Barnett), Punchestown Racecourse (Shona Dreaper), Surfing Cow Ice Cream (Lee Glanville), Colin Tizzard, Mark Treneer, Richard Ware, Mike & Sheila Watson, George Welch, Jane Williams and Lizzie Kelly, Frank Yeo

If you would like to add a pledge there’s still time so please contact fyeo.aginvest@gmail.com

HOW TO BID

The Auction Catalogue will be published on the Devon and Cornwall Point to Point Area Website on December 18th, bidding will open on the 19th and end on the 29th

Art Work

BAG A BIRDIE!!

In the Devon and Cornwall Area Christmas AuctionRacing’s favourite cartoonist Darren “Birdie” Bird will use his creative talent to design a bespoke cartoon of the winning bidder’s chosen person and horse

Renowned for his creativity in capturing racing’s equine stars and their human connections, Birdie’s cartoons are treasured by racing’s participants and fans alike.

Using photographs and background information Birdie will create the wining bidder a bespoke cartoon similar in style to the examples shown – click to see the full image

These were created for 2019 PPORA Award Winners Nathan Rahman Luca Morgan Liam Harrison Kate Lowcock Jack Tudor George Chatterton as personal mementos of their 2018 – 2019 Point to Point achievements

An bespoke “Birdie” is a special treat for yourself or would make a fantastic gift

WHAT THE WINNING BIDDER WILL RECEIVE

The winning bidder will receive an A3 print (unframed) of their cartoon, as well as a digital file that can be used for to make additional prints or any other purpose – well the cartoons look great on clothing, mugs, screensavers….

IN THE MEANTIME IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A CHRISTMAS GIFT

There’s lots of Birdie goodies on offer – including some calendars that are sure to raise a smile from any racing fan – here https://birdieracinggifts.co.uk/

Darren Bird Art

A FABULOUS OIL PAINTING COMMISSION KINDLY DONATED BY DAVE CROCKER

“YOUR day at a point-to-point” captured on canvas in an oil painting commission by artist Dave Crocker

Artist Dave Crocker has an enthusiasm for point-to-pointing’s people, horses, and landscapes. Since attending his first point-to-point at Wadebridge in January 2017 he’s been capturing the participants and the action on canvas.

You can see examples of Dave’s work video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AVH4Syw_lM – including many familiar horses and courses from Devon & Cornwall Point To Point Area Pointing East Anglia Cottenham Point to Points Midlands Pointing South East Racing Point to Point Racing in Wessex Pointing South Midlands

He is offering bidders in the Devon and Cornwall Livestream Christmas Auction the chance to have “their point-to-point day captured” in an oil painting.

“Alongside the horses and race action, it’s the mixture of people, the roles they play, their interactions, and love of the sport that are fascinating to me.”

Groom, owner, trainer, jockey, pony-racer, bookmaker, judge, steward, clerk of the course, official, clerk of the scales, “tea team”, racecard seller, punter, sponsor, farrier, spectator, commentator, doctor, vet, stall-holder, car park attendant … Everyone’s part of the melting pot that makes the day happen, and yet no two people’s experience will be the same.

My offer is to capture that personal experience an oil painting.Depending on the winner this could include images of horses, people going about their roles (perhaps a bookmaker taking bets, the judge in their box, car boot picnics, the hospitality team in the tea tent), scenes from the parade ring or lorry park, distinguishing features of the course and the landscape …” explains Dave.

HOW IT WORKS

If you are the winning bidder Dave will contact you to discuss ideas for your commission. He’ll also agree the point to point fixture where he will join you to explore and observe events of the day as seen “through your eyes”.

Using his observations he’ll then paint the picture that “captures your day”.

You will receive an oil painting (unframed), and permission to create prints of the original to share with your family and friends.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

Dave is happy, subject to availability, to travel to any point-to-point fixture nationwide during the 2021 – 2022 or 2022 – 2023 point-to point seasons. The fixture chosen will be subject to mutual agreement.

If you have a specific fixture in mind, or questions about the commission. please contact Dave by email prior to placing your bid email:

davecrocker@hotmail.co.uk

Yard Visits

DAN SKELTON RACING STABLE TOUR

kindly provided by Dan Skelton Racing

Leading “next generation” NH trainer Dan Skelton is offering the winning bidder and their guest a chance to visit his state of the art training base Lodge Hill for a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

Lodge Hill is located near Alcester, Warwickshire, The winning bidder will receive a voucher with contact details to arrange their visit. The date for the visit will be by mutual agreement

OIN PHILIP HOBBS ON THE GALLOPS FOLLOWED BY BREAKFAST & A STABLE TOUR

Kindly donated by Philip Hobbs, Sandhill Racing Stables

The winning bidder and 3 guests are invited to spend a morning Sandhill Racing Stables (near Minehead, Somerset). Arriving at 8.45 am they will watch second lot before enjoying breakfast in Sandhill House at 10.00 Following breakfast there will be the chance to watch horses exercising as well as plenty of opportunity to look around the stable yard, meet the stable stars and see the training facilities.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

The invitation is for a date to be mutually agreed during the 2021 – 2022 season. Details of how to arrange the visit will be sent to the winning bidder.

VISIT DITCHEAT, WATCH THE ACTION ON THE GALLOPS & MEET THE STABLE STARS Generously donated by Paul Nicholls Racing

https://www.paulnichollsracing.com

A chance to see behind the scenes at Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls renowned Ditcheat yard.

Start your day at 8.00 am with a delicious breakfast for you and your three guests at the Manor House Inn Ditcheat https://www.manorhouseinn.co.uk , before heading to the gallops to watch second lot at 9.00 am

Throughout the rest of the morning there will be plenty of opportunity to see more horses exercising, take a look at the facilities and meet the stable stars

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

The invitation, includes breakfast, and is for up to four people on a Thursday during either the 2021 – 2022 or 2022 – 2023 seasons. However visits are fully booked until after the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and therefore unavailable before then. The date for the visit will be by mutual agreement, and details of how to arrange the visit will be sent to the winning bidder.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT POND HOUSE – PLUS RACING TICKETS

Generously donated by David Pipe Racing https://www.davidpipe.com/

An invitation for four people to meet David Pipe at Pond House Stables, the training operation founded by his father, groundbreaking trainer Martin Pipe.

The visit will include the opportunity to meet Davidwatching horses working on the gallops., and a guided tour of the yard and its equine residents.

To round off the experience you’ll also be given four admission badges to a local race meeting coinciding with your visit,

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

The invitation is for a date to be mutually agreed and prior to 31st December 2022. Details of how to arrange the visit will be sent to the winning bidder.

SATURDAY MORNING ON THE GALLOPS WITH FERGAL O’BRIEN RACING – FOLLOWED BY BREAKFAST AT THE ROYAL OAK Kindly offered by O’Brien McPherson Racing

https://fergalobrienracing.co.uk/

The winning bidder and their three guests will be invited to make a Saturday morning to Ravenswell Farm, Fergal’s yard in the heart of the Cotswolds.

It’s a great chance to get a behind the scenes feel for the horses, the yard, the trainer, and the whole FOB team which includes point-to-point graduates Connor Brace and Liam Harrison.

After watching two lots put through their paces on the gallops there will be a hearty breakfast on offer at The Royal Oak in Andoversford.

https://royaloakcotswolds.co.uk/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

The invitation which includes the yard visit and breakfast for 4 people, is for a SATURDAY morning during the 2021 – 2022 season, on a date to be mutually agreed. Details of how to arrange the visit will be sent to the winning bidder.

GALLOP OVER THE SANDS AT BUDE! and enjoy an overnight stay for two, with dinner and breakfast included, at The Beach At Bude Hotel

http://www.thebeachatbude.co.uk/

Generously donated by Tim Dennis

A great getaway on the North Cornish Coast that will include an exhilarating beach ride for two people, accompanied by Tim Dennis (horses provided).

The package also includes an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast at The Beach At Bude, a stylish boutique hotel perched above Summerleaze beach.

As well as the beach ride there will be plenty of time to explore the town and surrounding area, perhaps taking a dip in the sea pool a short walk from the hotel.

Alternatively, with several courses within easy reach, why not combine your stay with a visit to a Devon and Cornwall point-to-point.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

Details of how to book will be provided to the winning bidder. Excluded dates will be confirmed in the auction catalogue The beach ride is subject to tide times, Tim will advise when contacted by the winning bidder.

VISIT THE GALLOPS AT VENN FARM – HOME OF TEAM TIZZARD AND CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP WINNER NATIVE RIVER

Generously donated by Colin and Joe Tizzard

www.colintizzard.co.uk

The winning bidder and up to 5 guests will be invited to Colin Tizzard’s training base, Venn Farm (near Sherborne, Dorset), for a behind the scenes morning on the gallops.

Visit in January or the first half of February 2022 as preparations build ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, or in autumn 2022 for an early view of next season’s squad at work as the new season gets underway.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

The invitation is for up to six people. The date for the visit is by mutual agreement, available dates are either January and the first half of February 2022, or autumn 2022 details of how to arrange the visit will be sent to the winning bidder.

Unique Experiences

CHRISTMAS AUCTION – LEARN FROM THE BEST – 121 TUITION WITH JUMPING GURU YOGI BREISNER

kindly donated by Yogi Breisner

Polish up your jumping with a one hour private coaching session for you and your horse

A former British Eventing Chef d’Equippe, Yogi is renowned for his work helping jockeys and racehorses achieve their full potential

In a sport where “jumping is the name of the game” and races can be won or lost over a fence this is your chance to gain that extra competitive advantage.

The winning bidder and their horse will visit Yogi at his yard where the session will be tailored to the needs of horse and rider

It is suitable for riders all levels of experience including experienced jockeys, novice point to point riders, and pony racers with an ambition to race ride over fences

This would also be suitable for show jumping or eventing riders

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

The session will last for approximately 1 hour, and will take place on a mutually convenient date at Yogi’s yard near Moreton in Marsh, (Gloucestershire) The winning bidder must provide their own horse, and is responsible for their own travel arrangements

FUN GUARANTEED!! DAY OUT WITH LUKE HARVEY – including Ben Pauling Yard Visit and Golf at Naunton Downs Golf Course

Kindly donated by Luke Harvey and Ben Pauling Racing

Start the day with a visit to Ben Pauling’s new purpose built training facility where the six-furlong hill gallop runs in a gap between two holes on Naunton Downs Golf Course (Gloucestershire)

https://nauntondowns.co.uk/

Then join Luke Harvey and a “mystery racing guest” for a round of golf. Fun and good humour guaranteed!

Read more about Ben’s new yard here:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/fore-flashing-light-is-fair-way-to-warn-golfers-on-ben-paulings-new-gallop/

The yard visit and round of golf are for the winning bidder plus one guest. The date will be by mutual agreement.

PUFFIN ISLAND (LUNDY) VIST – JOIN RICHARD WARE FOR A PERSONAL GUIDED TOUR

Kindly donated by Richard Ware

A day return sailing tickets for 2 people to visit Lundy Island on a day of your choice between April and October. Departing from Bideford or Ilfracombe depending on the tides, you’ll be joined on the 2 hour journey by Richard Ware, an experienced Lundy Guide and renowned storyteller.

Once on the island Richard will make sure you get the most out of your day with a personal guided tour that will share his in depth knowledge of the island. Some walking will be involved. Travel in Spring to see nesting Puffins.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING

The date for this experience will be subject to sailing schedules and by mutual agreement with Richard Ware. Details of how to arrange this experience will be provided to the winning bidder. Some walking will be involved

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Secretaries Association – the official area website

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