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Dodson & Horrell PPORA Owner-Trainer of the Month Awards

Sponsored by our longstanding supporters Dodson & Horrell, our 2016 – 2017 Owner-Trainer of the Month Awards championed the achievements of  one of the most traditional elements of the grassroots pointing community owner-trainers who not only pay the bills but also put in dedication and  the hours of hard graft needed to produce their horses in winning form on racedays.  These awards are about celebrating personal achievement, not just the number of races won  as our 2016 -2017 winners illustrate. 

Winners receive a bottle of champagne, 10 bags of horse feed (of the winner’s choice), and a free nutritional advice visit by a D&H expert

November December Owner-Trainer Award Winner Luke Harvey helps us celebrate a year of grassroots pointing avchievements at the PPORA's Grassroots Awards Lunch. Copyright John Beasley

November December Owner-Trainer Award Winner Luke Harvey helps us celebrate a year of grassroots pointing avchievements at the PPORA’s Grassroots Awards Lunch. Copyright John Beasley

2016 – 2017 Owner-Trainer of the Month Award Winners

November – December Luke Harvey, former jockey, irrepressible TV presenter, and avid Point To Point supporter became the first winner of the Owner-Trainer of the Month Award – launched to celebrate Dodson & Horrell’s 30th Anniversary of support for Point To Pointing. A pair of wins, at Cottenham and Black Forest Lodge, with his horse Porlock Bay (ridden by Darren Edwards) caught the judge’s attention and Luke summed up the spirit of  owner-trainer experience well when he said “Point-to-pointing is my passion and through my horse Porlock Bay (Cecil) I’ve had so much fun and it’s been incredible, I am loving every minute of my run of good form, after all there are plenty of times when it goes wrong!”click here to read more.

January Laura Thomas, who owns, trains and rides her own horse.  2016 was a good season for Laura, who trains from a yard next door to Barbury Castle,  by June Laura had saddled 13 winners in points and 2 in hunter chases, riding Karinga Bay to score 3 times and Billy Biscuit once. Click here to read more.

February Tim Underwood owner-trainer of 7 horses this season Tim typifies the dedicated owner trainer driving his horses from Newbury to the Lambourn gallops most mornings before starting his “day job” running an Oxford based print company. Tim, a long-standing Point to Point participant  was nominated by PPORA West Midlands Area Committee Representative Tim Sage, in recognition of his high strike rate, see more here.  A highlight of Tim’s 2017 – 2018 season was the ultra-game Cheltenham Mati’s success in the Subaru Restricted Championship.

March Leonard Kerr scooped the March award for the North when his pair of home-trained pointers, Chicago Outfit and Havana Jack, ridden by Ryan Nicol, both scored Overton. Semi-retired auctioneer Leonard rides out on daily basis and  joins in schooling sessions too. The following month Havana Jack and Ryan Nicol repeated their success with victory in the coveted Buccleuch Cup Hunter Chase at Kelso.  To read more click here.

April David Brace,  whose long-standing support and involvement in Pointing includes, owner-trainer, breeder, course host for the Llangeinor & Pentyrch Point To Point, and sponsor of the Dunraven Bowl Hunter Chase, was recognised for his training success sending out 3 winners during April,  two of these Dunraven Doc and Pink Eyed Pedor took honours at the Llangeinor meeting, with the latterbecoming Area Winner in the PPORA Young Horse Awards,  click here to read more.

May – June Roger Willcox, a PPORA Life Member was named the final award winner of 2016-2017.  One of the season’s turnaround stories, after a slow and somewhat disappointing start his horses January Don and Patricktom Boru hit flying form in the latter part of the season with Patricktom Boru winning three on the bounce.  Click here to read more. Since finishing the season as runner up to Dabinett Moon in the Skinner’s Ladies Open Point-To-Point Championship Final Hunters Chase at Stratford on June 9th Patricktom Boru has transferred to Evan Williams for a crack at summer jumping, and shoved his continuing good heart and enthusiasm when finishing  a game runner up in a hard fought battle for the Racing Welfare Handicap Chase at Newton Abbot on 7th July.


2017 – 2018 Owner-Trainer of the Month Award Winners

November – December Emlyn Parry, (SWM), a retired Technology Teacher, Emlyn has been  a hands-on owner trainer for 35 years.  Click here to read more about Emelyn, his conversion from Welsh Cobs to Thoroughbreds  – “like getting out of a Mini and into a Porsche” -and Ballycash his horse for 2017 – 2018

January Jenny Davenport (D&C), a vet who fulfilled a childhood ambition by riding in Point to Points.  Read more about Jenny and her winning partnership with “Magic” Mic’s Delight by clicking here

February Our February Award went North of the Border to Will Ramsay click here to read more about Will including his thoughts on riding at Cheltenham

March A David v Goliath success with a gift horse at Sandon also secured the March Award for North West based Trish Rigby you can read more about Trish and her remarkable win with Garde Ville here  It turned out to be just the start with horse and rider Steve Davies scoring in 3 more Point to Points before rounding off the season with hunter chase success at Warwick and Stratford. It really is the stuff dreams are made of catch up on all that happened here

April Family success for Maggie Howie (South East)  earned her the April Award – a true grassroots owner-trainer Maggie combines her Pointing with running a family farm and in the summer racing is replaced by showing cattle at agricultural shows.  We spoke to Maggie to fin our more, you can read more by clicking here

May – June It was back to the South East this month. With more than 30 seasons in the saddle South East based Pete Bull’s passion for Pointing is undimmed.  He rode his 150th winner at Aldington on his homebred mare Margot Fontane, click here to read more



All PPORA Members are invited to submit  nominations of owner trainers  whose achievements have caught their eye over the previous month.

To make a nomination please send  an email to membership@ppora.co.uk 

Your email should include:

The deadlines for receipt of nominations are shown below:

Award Month : Nomination Deadline 5pm on:

November / December (combined) : Tuesday January 2nd

January : Monday February 5th

February : Monday March 5th

March : Tuesday April 3rd

April : Tuesday May 8th

May / June (combined) : Monday June 18th

Dodson & Horrell will select a winner from the nominations received and the winner Twill be announced on www.ppora.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter


Dodson & Horrell are proud to support the monthly Owner Trainer Award which was set up to recognise owner trainers of Point to Point horses who go above and beyond and show a real enthusiasm for this unique sport.

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Dodson & Horrell