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The Dick Woodhouse Memorial Trophy

 

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Dick Woodhouse and Highworth winners of the 1970 Cheltenham Foxhunter, led in by Sue Woodhouse  photo courtesy of Jackie Abbott

This award commemorates Dick Woodhouse, who along with his wife Sue, were archetypal grassroots point to point people.

Dick & Sue Woodhouse with Highworth at a Melton Hunt Club Meeting a Garthorpe During the 1960s

Dick & Sue Woodhouse with Highworth at a Melton Hunt Club Meeting a Garthorpe During the 1960s

Both Dick and Sue Woodhouse were born and lived their whole lives in Dorset.   Dick went into farming, Sue was a farmer’s daughter and was already renowned as a talented leading lady point to point rider when she married Dick.

Together they made a formidable  team with lives centred on hunting and racing horses, being owners, riders, trainers, lorry drivers, grooms and breeders.  They also stewarded  at many point to points and also at Wincanton and Taunton races under rules.   In their married life they settled to a division of labour that saw Dick doing most of the riding, winning more than 50 races, and Sue all the training.

Amongst their many successful and well known point to pointers two in particular stand out.  Woodside Terrace, purchased at Ascot sales for 360 gns, who progressed successfully through the point to point ranks and on to win the  1965 Cheltenham Foxhunters, sent off as a 100/1 outsider, and Dick’s first ride under rules.  Highworth who made his mark as a multiple winner between the flags and in Hunter Chases at West Country tracks before carrying Dick to his second Cheltenham Foxhunters success in 1970.   The next year Dick and the horse achieved his ultimate ambition of contesting the Grand National.  Following Dick’s death from cancer in 1983, Sue’s pride in his achievements, and great love of the sport, led her to commission the Dick Woodhouse trophy for the PPORA, and  to establish a memorial Hunter Chase that is still contested at Wincanton to this day.   The Dick Woodhouse Memorial Trophy is awarded to the the leading owner-rider of the season, at the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch each year.

 

 

2017 – 2018 Winner

Dick Woodhouse presents the trophy commemorating her father Dick Woodhouse to James Owen Photo courtesy & copyright John Beasley

Jackie Abbott, daughter of Dick Woodhouse, presents the trophy commemorating her father Dick Woodhouse to James Owen                                    Photo courtesy & copyright John Beasley

East Anglian rider, Tim Gredley, reclaimed the Dick Woodhouse Memorial Trophy, an award he also won last season.  A former international show jumper Tim was tempted back into competitive riding by point to pointing,  and this season campaigned four horses Bivouac, Just Cause, Midnight Cowboy and Right Of Reply, all trained by EastAnglian trainer James Owen.  The first three of the quartet each provided a win between the flags, securing the award, whilst the latter three gave Tim  his first experience of riding over regulation fences in hunter chases at Ascot, Towcester and Fontwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring for 2017 – 2018 

The award will made to the owner achieving the highest number of  owner-ridden wins in point to point races from the start of  the 2017 – 2018 season up to, and  including, Sunday June 3rd 2018.   In the event of a tie 2nd, and then if necessary 3rd placings, will be taken into account to determine the winner.