The Point-To-Point Authority have issued an updated newsletter details the latest processes and procedures that everyone will need to undertaken to access a Point-To-Point course whilst we are at level 4 status.
The Newsletter also unfortunately announces that our opening fixture, the East Devon Races fixture at Bishops Court on the 24th October will be run behind closed doors.
Included are updates on:
– Behind Closed Doors fixtures
Downloads linked from the Point-To-Point Authority Newsletter
Following a meeting on 16 July, the PPA Board has agreed that the proposed early season programme of point-to-points should go ahead.
The decision was not taken lightly, particularly as there are several factors which cannot as yet be fully quantified. However, on the balance of probability, given present progress at both national and sporting levels, and more specifically racing under Rules, it is believed that point to pointing will be able to start in October, hopefully on Saturday 24 at Bishops Court in East Devon.
The full provisional fixture list for 2020-21 (subject to BHA approval) can be downloaded here, but the following fixtures are planned for the early season:
24 Oct – East Devon at Bishops Court 25 Oct – Ledbury at Maisemore Park 1 Nov – Kimblewick at Kimble 8 Nov – The Wheatland at Chaddesley Corbett 15 Nov – South East Hunts Club at Charing 15 Nov – Dunsmore Racing Club at Dunsmore
The favourable response to the owner/trainer survey that was circulated earlier this month combined with the general progress made on Covid-19, and the possible losses to pointing if we did not make an early start, helped to make the PPA Board’s decision.
Of course, there may localised Covid-19 spikes between now and October, and indeed at any stage. To that end protocols have been written for the fixtures at varying levels at which they can be run, including racing behind closed doors. The sport emphatically does not wish to race without spectators, and we certainly hope we do not have to. However, it is important to plan for all eventualities and to provide opportunities for the sport’s participants, whilst ensuring it is financially viable for the fixture.
PPA June E-Newsletter is out now!In this latest edition, we update you on some of the key news and happenings in the point-to-point world, as plans progress for the 2020/21 season. This month we have for you:
– Update from Peter Wright
– BHA Integrity Education
– Update from PPRC
– P2P Quiz
– Website news features
This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.
This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.
The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.
After two days of heavy rain and a forecast of more rain to come, a course inspection has been carried out on Friday 28th February, Reluctantly it has be decided to further postpone the
rearranged Point to Point meeting at Bishops Court on the 7th March and the East Devon is seeking a new date.
Unfortunately, following an inspection at Bishops Court it was unanimously agreed that the ground conditions meant that it would still be unraceable next weekend (1st March). Therefore the following new dates have been agreed subject to conditions and new officials being found:
Saturday 7th March East Devon at Bishops Court. Entries will open at normal time for that weekend (up until Monday 2nd March)
Sunday 8th March East Cornwall at Great Trethew. Entries will stand
Subject to conditions and new officials being found
Unfortunately, due to the ground conditions, the East Cornwall Foxhounds have been forced to cancel its point to point at Great Trethew this coming Sunday 23rd February, and is now looking for another date. The Western point to point at Wadebridge, which had been abandoned, is now intending to run in its place on Sunday due to a gap in the calendar, if it can find the necessary officials. This meeting is will be a great day so please support it!
Entries will stand in both cases.
The PPA and PPSA are doing all that they can in these very difficult conditions to support the fixtures and innovative ideas that are being proposed. However, it is very difficult to put on fixtures, or change dates, at short notice due to the requirements these days. If you can help in any way, please do not hesitate to offer your assistance to your local fixture. In particular, we have a shortage of available doctors for some rearranged meetings.
The South Pool Point to Point is postponed. The course is in very good condition but with the worry of high winds and also the car parking we have regretfully made this decision, hopefully will fix a new date A.S.A.P – Jacqui Elliott, Hon. Secretary.
Following the postponement of all three fixtures on Sunday due to Storm Ciara, the following rearranged dates have been agreed, dependent on the fixtures managing to find all the necessary officials required:
➡️ Western (Wadebridge) Sat 15 Feb
All timings and entries remain the same. We thank all fixtures involved for their pragmatic support in finding a solution best for everyone.