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Preview: Devon & Cornwall pony racing finals

The Devon and Cornwall pony racing season comes to an end at the Torrington Farmers point to point with two races which will incorporate the area finals.

Both races will be hotly contested. There is a full house in the 138 race which will see the top ponies in the area take on The Jobs Not Straight and Tyler Heard from Cornwall who will be bidding for their first area championship – the pony having only started racing in England this season.

Tamby Welch will be eager to add maximum points to his tally on Angelic – he currently leads the 138 points series (The Jobs Not Straight has been running successfully in the Charles Owen racecourse series) – having run in more point to point pony races in the area and will face strong opposition from Fergus Gillard on Veno Star and Hamish Clarke on Talponciau Perfect Print. Ben Godfrey on Mocking Bird, Ben Cox on Diptford Moonwalker will be pushing for a win and look out for Chad Bament who only started pony racing this season. He has made great strides on Ginger Wizard and the pair will be suited by the sharp course. Luca Morgan on Milly and Lewis McDonald on Mini Tango complete the line up for what should prove to be a really competitive race.

The 148s will also be fast and furious. William Cox will be hoping for a good run from the Welch’s Total Eclipse and faces opposition from Welsh raider Conor Brace on Peateoh, Oliuvis Weatherlake on Aries, who beat Total Eclipse at Bratton, Theo Gillard on Hawksfield Flyer and current area points leader Thomasina Eyston on Springs.

Goldwells Gucci has been running well in the Charles Owen series for Harriet Godfrey, Ben Jones has had recent success on former Devon and Cornwall are pony Miss Mopsy and Michael Treneer will be hoping for a good run from Roy Boy Green.

This is the shortest of the series races so form on the longer courses of Upcott, Stafford Cross and Bratton Down may not hold up.

As the Devon and Cornwall area pony racing at the Torrington Farmers meeting is this year being run as an open race, the area finals will be contested within the race by those qualified, therefore the area champion will be the first qualified rider past the post, who will also receive the trophy in both the 138 and the 148 race.

Rosettes, prizes and T shirts will be awarded to the actual winners, placed ponies and all runners. Area finals rosettes will be awarded to qualified riders in order of finishing

Ponies who have qualified to run in the D and C final – by virtue of having run at least twice in the area prior to the final (D and C ponies automatically qualify) ; Wee Anthony, Veno Star, Talponciau Perfect Print; The Jobs Not Straight; Angelic; My Golden Dream; Bronze Lawrance; Shammi; Wide Valley March; Menedh Jumping Jack Flash; Ginger Wizard; Milly; Minky; Dinky By Design.

148: Total Eclipse; Springs; Plym Steps; Derwent Dream Dancer; Tarka, Aries; Roy Boy Green; Calypso; Goldwells Gucci; Frantic Fox; Hawksfield Flyer

Riders and ponies qualify as a combination.

Pony Racing championship standings update

After Exmoor Point-To-Point Pony Races on 1st June 2014

Overall and current 148 leader Thomasina Eyston 80pt second and current 138 leader Angelic, Tamby Welch 75


Angelic Tamby Welch 75 points
TJNS Tyler Heard 59
Dinky by Design Kiana James Thomas 51
Ginger Wizard Chad Bament , 21
Wide Valley March Walter Fisher Barnett 14



Springs Thomasina Eyston 80 points
Roy Boy Green 24 Michael Treneer 24
Plym Steps Michael Treneer 18
My Golden Dream James Armstrong 17
Derwent Dream Dancer Abi Lewis 17
Total Eclipse Michael Treneer 16



Devon and Cornwall pony racing championship points (after South Tetcott):


Angelic, Tamby Welch 66
The Jobs Not Straight, Tyler Heard 49
Dinky by Design, Kiana James Thomas 47
Menedh Jumping Jack Flash James Armstrong 43
My Golden Dream, James Armstrong 18
Shammi, and Ginger Wizard Chad Bament 16
Wide Valley March, Walter Fisher Barnett 14


Springs, Thomasina Eyston 72
Roy Boy Green 24 and Plym Steps Michael Treneer 18
Derwent Dream Dancer Abi Lewis 17
Tarka, Barnaby Treneer 16

Preview: Pony Racing at South Tecott Point-To- Point, Upcott Cross, Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May 2014

Things are hotting up in the Devon and Cornwall Area pony racing championships in the battle for placings with some new faces in with a shout of success.

In the 148s Michael Treneer, Abi Lewis and Barnaby Treneer are locked in a battle for second or third place on Plym Steps, Derwent Dream Dancer and Tarka on 18, 17 and 16 points respectively. Michael is currently in second place on Roy Boy Green on 24 points with the runaway leader being Thomasina Eyston on Springs (64pts) who is battling for overall points champion honours with 138 leader Tamby Welch who has accrued 66 points on Angelic.

Also in the 138s, Tyler Heard has been winning in the Charles Owen racecourse series on The Jobs Not Straight but is still in second place with 49 points but only just, as James Armstrong is snapping at his heels with 43 points on Menedh Jumping Jack Flash. Kiana James Thomas has had a great first season in the sport and is just behind with 39 points on Dinky By Design. Chad Bament and Walter Fisher- Barnett have also accrued points on their ponies.

The next pony racing is on Bank Holiday Monday at the South Tetcott point to point.

Dulverton West pony race results

1, The Jobs Not Straight, Tyler Heard
2, Angelic, Tamby Welch
3, G Whizz, Johnny Marsh
4, Bronze Lawrence, Roisin Leech
5, Menedh Jumping Jack Flash, James Armstrong
6, Ginger Wizard, Chad Bament
7, Haldon Hill Lucky charm, Ellie Fyers.

Seven ran, 8l, 10l, 1m 30

1, Total Eclipse, William Cox
2, Springs, Thomasina Eyston
3, Frantic Fox, Bruce Young (1st Racetech Novice Riders)
4, Plym Steps, Michael Treneer

Four ran, 28l, dist. 3m 11

Preview: Dulverton West Pony Racing, Bratton Down, Sunday 18 May 2014

There are some cracking pony races on the cards at Bratton Down on Sunday (May 18) at the Dulverton West Point to point.

The 138s kick off the action and locals will be cheering on Chad Bament who rides Ginger Wizard and newcomer Ellie Fyers on Haldon Hill Lucky Charm – both are qualified with the host hunt.

G Whizz used to feature in many a finish under first Harry Derham – now a successful NH jockey – and then Megan Nicholls -who is enjoying an amazing first season point to point riding – and is now on schoolmaster duties for Johnny Marsh. Bronze Lawrance, also a multiple winner, is doing the same for Roisin Leech. James Armstrong is having his best season on his new pony Menedh Jumping Jack Flash and they will be joined by Tamby Welch and Tyler Heard both on smart Richard Prince owned ponies Angelic and The jobs Not Straight respectively.

The 148 race is split into two as it features one of the Racetech Novice Rider series. Abi Lewis on Derwent Dream Dancer, Lucy Reason on Dolphin Song and Bruce Young on Frantic Fox compete in this which will run within the 148 open in which Michael Treneer on Plym Steps and Thomasina Eyston on Springs, will try and keep tabs on William Cox on board standing dish Total Eclipse.

These races also earn points towards the Bratton Down Novice Riders Challenge Cup presented after the Exmoor pony races on June 1st for the pony/rider combination, not to have won so far this season.

The first pony race is off at 11.45am and is sponsored once again by pony racing supporters Mr G Dartnall and Mrs S Hall with the best turned out prizes sponsored by Campbell Equestrian.


Please note: that while Mr Kelvin Heard’s mobile phone number remains the same for contact on the day, his email address has changed to Kelvin.heard@dawnmeats.com

Devon and Cornwall pony racing championship standings

Devon and Cornwall pony racing championship points (after Flete):


Angelic, Tamby Welch 57

Dinky by Design, Kiana James-Thomas 39

Menedh Jumping Jack Flash, James Armstrong 37


Springs, Thomasina Eyston 55

Tarka, Barnaby Treneer 16

Plym Steps Michael Treneer 11

Buckfastleigh Pony Racing Report and Results

The 148 finish was the highlight of the pony racing at Buckfastleigh at the South Pool point to point on Sunday. Three of the five runners were split by a head and a length on the line with Theo Gillard getting the judge’s verdict on Hawksfield Flyer. The pair are veterans of the Charles Owen series but this was a good win for the son of NH trainer Mark Gillard who is based in Dorset.

The Gillards horses are in form as they also enjoyed a front running NH winner at Taunton on Tuesday but, interestingly, the ponies are trained from the field.

Hawksfield Flyer maintained a lead from the start pursued by eventual second Springs (Thomasina Eyston), who so very nearly got up to win. It was another great performance from the pair and Tarka (Barnaby Treneer) was held in third, after losing 10 lengths at the start.

Abi Lewis had a good ride on Derwent Dream Dancer who made progress all the way, as did Michael Treneer on Plym Steps. He will be happily waving off Barnaby back to school soon so he can take over the reins on Tarka!

In the 138s there was a first win for newcomer five year old The Jobs Not Straight, ridden by Tyler Heard who was pushed all the way by Tamby Welch on Angelic. Fergus Gillard was third on Veno Star who was closing the pair down all the way to the line. Good ponies in behind were Talponciau Perfect Print (Hamish Clarke) who won the race last year, and My Golden Dream ( James Armstrong).

138cm Race Results:

1, The Jobs Not Straight, Tyler Heard
2,  Angelic, Tamby Welch
3, Veno Star, Fergus Gillard
4, Talponciau Perfect Print, Hamish Clarke
5, My Golden Dream, James Armstrong

Five ran, Distances: 2 lengths & 3.5 lengths, Time: 1.38.

148cm Race Results:

1, Hawksfield Flyer, Theo Gillard
2, Springs, Thomasina Eyston
3, Tarka, Barnaby Treneer
4, Derwent Dream Dancer, Abi Lewis
5, Plym Steps, Michael Treneer

Five Ran, Distances: head, & 1 length Time: 1.50.

Preview: Pony Racing at Buckfastleigh

The second pony race fixture of the Devon and Cornwall series takes place before racing at the South Pool point to point with the 138s off at 11am and the 148s at 11.20am. Buckfastleigh is a much shorter course than Black Forest Lodge and, while most of the ponies entered raced each other at Black Forest, the results may well change.

The 148s is a fascinating encounter with the absence of all-conquering a Total Eclipse and the seasonal debut of former champion Tarka for her new connections. Barnaby Treneer gets the leg up on Tarka, being home from school, and it will be interesting to see the mare up against Springs, who could give Thomasina Eyston every chance of victory, the Gillard’s consistent  Hawksfield Flyer and Welsh raider Jordan Williams on Peateoh. Barnaby’s younger brother Michael on Plym Steps and Abi Lewis on Derwent Dream Dancer will be vying for the placings.

The 138s kick off the action at 11am and Tyler Heard will be hoping his new ride The Jobs Not Straight can get his head in front after coming second on his first outing. Tamby Welch should have a good ride on the experienced Angelic, if he can curb the mare’s enthusiasm before they come under starter’s orders. Talponciau Perfect Print won for Hamish Clarke at this meeting last year and the consistent Veno Star will also be up there. My Golden Dream should also feature, likely to have come on for his Black Forest run.

Report: Pony racing at the Mid Devon Point-To-Point

There was plenty of action, thrills and spills as the first PRA pony race of the season got under way at the Mid Devon point to point at Black Forest Lodge.

Eight ponies went to post for both races with runners travelling from as far away as Shropshire to get an early run. The first race, for ponies 138cm and under, was held up a little when Angelic (Tamby Welch) set off at a gallop in the wrong direction, just as the ponies were about to start. She stopped at the top of the far hill and was led back by a mounted steward to rejoin the other runners.  Best Turned Out pony Talponciau Perfect Print (Hamish Clarke) made the early running with the field bunched up behind but by the top of the far hill Tyler Heard on Richard Prince’s first time out five-year-old The Jobs Not Straight was in the lead. It is a long way from the finish there, especially on the holding ground, but he galloped on well, challenged by proven star Wee Anthony ( William Cox) who got his mount home by half a length with Fergus Gillard on Veno Star just four lengths third. There was an encouraging effort from My Golden Dream ( James Armstrong) in fifth and expect better from the headstrong Angelic next time out – she had probably run her race before the start.

The 148s were a competitive bunch, all looking for a good first run out on a long distance course. Predictably Total Eclipse was untroubled, giving William Cox a double, and won by 25 lengths but, fortunately her presence hadn’t put other runners off and they had a good race in behind for the placings.

In a blanket finish long time second Springs (Thomasina Eyston), having her best run for a while, was head to head with Hawksfield Flyer (Theo Gillard), eventually securing second, and Heavenly Rose (Jimmy Daly, eventual fourth, was battling with  Mytoplot (Arron Butterfield).

Results of the Mid Devon Pony Races at Black Forest Lodge, Feb 2, soft ground:

138 race:

1, Wee Anthony, William Cox;
2, The Jobs Not Straight, Tyler Heard;
3, Veno Star, Fergus Gillard;
4, Talponciau Perfect Print, Hamish Clarke (BTO);
5, My Golden Dream, James Armstrong;
6, Milly, Luca Morgan;
7, Angelic, Tamby Welch;
8, Oscar, Morgan Winstone.

Eight ran, 1/2l, 4l, 2.32mins.

148 race:

1, Total Eclipse, William Cox;
2, Springs, Thomasina Eyston;
3, Hawkesfield Flyer, Theo Gillard;
4, Heavenly Rose, Jimmy Daly;
5, Mytoplot, Arron Butterfield;
6, Plym Steps, Michael Treneer;
PU Derwent Dream Dancer,
UR IgoZuminov.

8 ran, 25l, hd, 3.34 mins

The next pony races are at Buckfastleigh on Feb 16. Entries to Ms C Heard, 12 Hone Terrace, Station Road, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6BP by first post Saturday please. To find out more about pony racing go to www.ponyracingauthority.co.uk