2017-18 fixture details now posted, please click on 'Fixtures List' to access. Please scroll down this page to find out about the Annual East Anglian Awards Lunch on October 8th, for which tickets are still available and everyone is welcome.
SAD DEATH OF LOCAL POINTING LEGEND HUGH HODGE
Hugh Hodge, one of the greatest supporters of the sport of Point-To-Point Racing in East Anglia over the past six and a half decades, sadly died last week at his home in Saxlingham Nethergate, near Norwich, at the age of 85.
Based in Hertfordshire (at Wadesmill then Braughing) for much of his life before moving to his current house in 2004, Hodge was a successful amateur steeplechase jockey and enjoyed his finest hour as a rider way back in 1953 when he guided Kings Rose (a horse he also owned and trained) into third place in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
A longstanding permit holder, he ran his horses both in Point-To-Points and under professional rules. The mare, Flying East, was a prolific winner between the flags for him during the 1960s while his most successful National Hunt horses included the home-bred six-time scorer, Celtic Barle, and the four-time winner, Southern Prince.
The photo above shows Sense Of Adventure winning at Horseheath in 2003 carrying Hodge's 'white with black sleeves and hooped cap' silks.
The best horse he ever bred was Supreme Glory, who was sold as a youngster and went on to win the Welsh Grand National in 2001 and finish runner-up in the Grand National itself at Aintree in 2003.
A great family man, he is survived by his wife, Irene, three daughters, Jacqueline, Joanna and Alison and a son, Angus, who are all involved in the racing world.
He was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, including his granddaughters Gina and Bridget Andrews, who have both won the National Lady Riders Point-To-Point Championship (in Gina’s case on four different occasions) and their brother, Jack, National Champion Novice Point-To-Point Rider in 2015-16.
His funeral will take place at Waveney Crematorium near Beccles (on Warren’s Lane in Ellough, post code NR34 7XE) on Thursday September 28th at 2pm.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH
Everyone is welcome to the annual East Anglian Point-To-Point Awards Ceremony which this year will be in the form of a lunch and takes place at Thurlow Barn in Great Thurlow, Cambridgeshire, on Sunday October 8th.
The event will begin at 12.30pm and, following a champagne reception, will consist of a traditional roast Sunday lunch followed by the prize giving.
To book your tickets, priced at £45 per head, please contact John or Mel Sharp on 07802 236277 or 07714 263601.
PONY RACING SPONSORSHIP
RACETECH REAFFIRMS ITS SUPORT FOR POINT-TO-POINT PONY RACING ALONG WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW SPONSORS FOR THE 2016 SEASON
- RaceTech supports pony racing for a fourth year
- Treehouse Sporting Colours to sponsor the Novice Rider Race Series, 14 qualifying races culminating with two Championship Finals
- Dunraven Stud proud sponsors of the 2016 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Planner
Broadcast media services company RaceTech will again be supporting the grass roots of pony racing by sponsoring the Championship Rider Titles and Pony Racing Graduate awards during the 2016 point-to-point pony racing season. The season kicks off at the Cambridgeshire and Enfield Chase point-to-point at Horseheath in the East Anglian Area, on Sunday 7 February and runs through until the last fixture of the season on Saturday 12 June, the Torrington Farmers at Umberleigh in the Devon & Cornwall Area. All in all, there are seventy-nine point-to-point pony racing fixtures due to be staged. Points will be awarded for all wins and placings and winners will be presented with prizes and a training bursary at Cheltenham Racecourse in October.
In addition to the Championship titles and Graduate awards, new for 2016, RaceTech will also be sponsoring gallop sessions for young riders coming through the Pony Racing Authority’s youth training scheme during 2016.
Additional sponsorship has been confirmed in the form of Treehouse Sporting Colours which, for 2016, will be the title sponsor of the Novice Riders Race Series. Fourteen qualifying races will be held throughout the country where those finishing in the first four will qualify for the finals, to be staged by kind permission of the Meynell & South Staffordshire point-to-point at Garthorpe on 4 June.
The 2016 Point-to-Point Pony Racing Planner, in its fourth edition, has generously been sponsored by Bridgend-based Dunraven Stud. The Planner is a must-have publication for everyone wishing to take part in point-to-point pony races this season and is issued to all PRA members or available from Mrs Lucy Tucker.
Pony racing is designed to encourage children aged nine to sixteen into racing competitively, with races held across two height categories (138cms & under and 148cms & under). All point-to-point pony racing fixtures are kindly hosted by the organising committees of those Hunts / Clubs who stage point-to-point racing and run in conjunction with the sport’s governing body, the Pony Racing Authority (PRA). Since the sport became regulated in 2004, more than 150 riders have graduated onto horses both between the flags and under Rules, with many more also working within the horseracing industry.
Catherine Pullan of RaceTech said: "We’re delighted to continue our close association with pony racing for a fourth year, where young children from a variety of backgrounds have the chance to experience the thrill of riding in a race. It’s great to see teenagers coming through and making their mark in the professional ranks, and going into other areas in the racing industry too. We wish all those taking part this season the very best of luck.”
Lucy Tucker, a Director of the PRA and who oversees point-to-point pony racing, said: “The generous sponsorship provided by RaceTech, Treehouse Sporting Colours and the Brace family from Dunraven Stud means we are able to put on a superb programme of point-to-point pony racing. The PRA is widening its reach to new riders – with training programmes designed for children who have little or no experience of ponies, and are therefore creating more opportunities for them to be able to get involved and ultimately have a go.”
The Subaru Restricted Series 2017
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Over the last 50 years, Subaru has earned a reputation for engineering excellence. They have strived to capture the very essence of what a vehicle should be. Their ingenuity has won the loyalty of drivers who are confident in their choice of Subaru because the brand provides enjoyment and peace of mind – two inseparable values that are central to the Subaru experience. Visit: www.subaru.co.uk to explore the range.
SUBARU RESTRICTED POINT-TO-POINT SERIES 2016/17
Subaru are proud to once again be a national sponsor of Point-to-Point. Subaru have committed to a third season of the Subaru Restricted Series, supporting Point-to-Pointing with 30 qualifiers around the country. This season the series once again boasts a prize fund of £10,000.
Kicking off the Point-to-Point season, the first meeting of the Subaru series will take place at Cottenham on 27th November 2016. The series will culminate with a Grand Final over 2m 7f at Stratford Hunter’s Chase meeting on 9th June 2017.
Last season Our Chief, ridden by Martin McIntyre, owned by the White, Phippen and Finn Partnership and trained by Teresa Clark, won the Subaru Restricted Series.
SUBARU RESTRICTED POINT-TO-POINT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016/17
In addition to the Restricted Series, Subaru will again support the Subaru Restricted Championship, now in its second season. The winner of the Subaru Restricted Championship will be announced at the end of season final at Stratford. The winning owner will receive the use of a Subaru Forester for one year. (www.subaru.co.uk/vehicles/forester/)
Once a horse has been placed (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in a Subaru Restricted qualifier, they begin accumulating points towards the Championship. Points will be awarded depending on the type of race run. Points will be awarded for races run prior to qualification.
Points will be awarded as follows:
Maiden Race1st – 42nd – 23rd – 1
Restricted Race1st – 52nd – 33rd – 1
Intermediate Race1st – 62nd – 43rd – 1
Any other Point-to-Point Race1st – 62nd – 43rd – 1
Open1st – 72nd – 53rd – 2
Hunter Chase1st – 102nd – 63rd – 4
Last season, the Subaru Restricted Championship was won by owner Steve Young, when his horse Northgeorge came third in the Subaru Restricted Series final, pushing him to the top of the Subaru Championship leaderboard. He received the use of a Subaru Forester for one year; he kindly donated his prize to the winning jockey Byron Moorcroft.
“He has ridden so well this season. The Jockey is getting the car. This horse means everything to me, he’s the first I’ve owned and this is my first season being involved with Point-to-Pointing. I love it.”.
Subaru Restricted Series Qualifying races 2016/17
EACambridge University United Hunts ClubCottenhamNovember 27, 2016Cambridge Subaru
EADunston HarriersAmptonJanuary 15, 2017Subaru UK
SANDVine & CravenBarbury RacecourseFebruary 12, 2017Simpsons of Swindon
EANorth Norfolk HarriersHighamFebruary 19, 2017Proveeda
WCountryside Alliance Club (Wessex)Badbury RingsFebruary 26, 2017Dorset Sports, Wimborne
EASuffolkAmptonMarch 12, 2017EMG, Bury St Edmunds
YHurworthHutton RudbyMarch 18, 2017Stokesley Motors
D&CDart Vale & Haldon HarriersBuckfastleighMarch 19, 2017Ashburton Motor Works Ltd
SEOld Surrey, Burstow & West KentPenshurstMarch 26, 2017Culverwell Cars, Robertsbridge
SMHeythropCocklebarrowApril 2, 2017John Wilkins
EAEssexHigh EasterApril 8, 2017Perkins, Bishop’s Stortford
WMAndoversford Races (The Cotswold)AndoversfordApril 9, 2017John Wilkins
NWCheshire ForestTableyApril 9, 2017Subaru UK
D&CSpooners & West DartmoorCherrybrookApril 9, 2017Specialist Vehicles Subaru, Plymouth
SEAshford Valley TickhamCharingApril 15, 2017Maidstone Subaru
SMKimblewickKimbleApril 15, 2017Bulldog, Twyford
NWNorth StaffordshireSandonApril 15, 2017Pinkstones
MIDWoodland PytchleyDingleyApril 15, 2017Unity Leicester
WTaunton ValeKingston St MaryApril 17, 2017Central Motors, Chard
D&CDartmoor FoxhoundsFlete ParkApril 22, 2017Specialist Vehicles Subaru, Plymouth
WWTivysideLydstepApril 23, 2017Greens, Haverfordwest
NFifeBalcormo MainsApril 29, 2017Fife – Walkers
D&CModbury HarriersFlete ParkMay 6, 2017Specialist Vehicles Subaru, Plymouth
MIDFernieDingleyMay 7, 2017Unity Leicester
SWMTredegar FarmersLower MachenMay 7, 2017Nathaniel Cars
NCumberlandAspatriaMay 13, 2017Stan Palmer
SESurrey UnionPeper HarowMay 13, 2017Proven Motor Co, Haslemere
YSouth Durham Hunt Farmers ClubSedgefieldMay 28, 2017Croxdale Subaru