WHAT IS THE PPORA?
Point to Point Owners and Riders Association
The PPORA is the members’ organisation committed to strengthening, supporting and promoting Point-to-Pointing and its community of owners, riders and supporters, including volunteers and enthusiasts. The PPORA represents our owners and riders at the highest level with a seat on the Point-to-Point Authority board. We are however financially independent and fund our organisation and awards from our membership income and commercial sponsorship. Our organisation structure is primarily volunteer-based and we are supported by part-time paid administration. We are committed to our role as the voice of point-to-pointing and encourage all members to express their views to their representatives, and at the annual forum, when members can raise issues with key decision-makers from the various organisations responsible for the management of our sport.
What is a Point-to-Point?
A point-to-point is amateur horse racing over steeplechase fences, held at a variety of point-to-point racecourses throughout the UK. The race days are run at local level by a hunt or a recognised club, under the jurisdiction of the PPA and the Point-to-Point Secretary’s Association. The sport is overseen by The British Horse Racing Authority. It's a great day out in the countryside, where people come together to enjoy the sport and to socialise.
Point-to-pointing dates back to 1836 when men hunting on horseback would race their horses from church steeple to church steeple, hence the name point-to-point. In modern day, pointing has grown increasingly competitive and is a great introduction for young horses into the world of racing, as well as a starting step for future National Hunt stars, both human and equine.
Most point-to-point meetings consist of at least six races. The start times vary, depending upon the time of year and number of races. Courses usually open their gates at least two hours before the first race so you have plenty of time to grab a racecard, study the form and enjoy your picnic before racing starts.
A provisional list of 2021-2022 fixtures can be found here.