The History of the PPORA

The PPORA is an independent, members' organisation committed to representing, supporting and strengthening the grassroots point-to-point community. In 1976, Jim Mahon assembled a group of 28 Owners to appeal to the Jockey Club for a 7lb allowance for horses aged 5yo & under, consequently proposing the formation of an Owners Association. Following the formation of the PPOA in 1977, in 1990 the PPOA becomes recognised & represented on the Jockey Club Point-to-Point Liason Committee, with Percy Tory as Chairman. Since then, the remit was expanded to include riders, becoming known as the PPORA followed by Simon Claisse becoming the first to take the PPORA Seat on the PPA Board, seeing insurance benefits for owners & riders are increased. Robert Killen went on to ensure that the PPORA is representative of everyone in the sport with the introduction of the Members Forum, Revised Awards and increased visibility. The PPORA is and always has been run by enthusiastic volunteers, who are passionate about pointing and its future. The PPORA relies on memberships, donations and fundraising to continue to put back into the sport, in the form of PPORA Club Members' Races and more. You will see the committee members below out and about at various fixtures over the season, and these are your contact points for any queries you may want to discuss in regards to pointing. Please don't hesitate to get in touch; the PPORA is here to represent YOU! 

Meet The Committee

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RiCHARD RUSSELL

President

Richard has been a point-to-point owner since 1970, riding as an amateur for 30 years, during which he was also the fixture secretary for the Grafton PTP for a number of years. He was the Jockey Club representative at the PPA from 2009-2017 and also joined the BHA's Licensing Committee in 2010, becoming Chairman in 2011-2017. Richard has also acted as a Racecourse Steward and Point-to-Point Steward since 1996. Following his son, John's, retirement from race riding, his racehorses are now ridden by Tom McClorey & trained by Gerald Bailey! Richard has been the President of the PPORA since 2016.

Tel: 07999 774 174

Email: russell@churchfarm.uk.com

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GILLIAN LEE

Treasurer

Gillian has been attending point-to-points since a child; over 50 years. Gillian enjoys hunting and its link to pointing. She takes her pointers hunting, which found her taking on the role of the Hurworth Point-to_point secretary for 20 years, and she still helps with the building of the course and on the day now. Gillian is a PTP steward and officiates at a few meetings a year. Over the years she has owned and trained a couple of her own horses for pointing each year with some success and plenty of disappointments - but she finds these disappointments make the wins more special! Formerly the Yorkshire rep for the PPORA, Gillian has now taken on the role of treasurer. 

Tel: 07811 357504

Email: gillian_lee@sky.com 

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JOHN SHARP

Vice President

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MARK BUCHAN

Chairman

Mark has been going to point to points for 40 years. In that time he has done every “job” that there is on a point-to-point course, with the exception of Starter or Judge. Having long wanted to experience the “thrill” he became an Owner Trainer Rider at an age when most are retiring. A sporadic career in the saddle, rarely troubled the Judge but only resulted in leaving by ambulance once, has been followed by years of “putting a bit back”. When on the verge of walking away from the sport he was persuaded to become our Chairman. His day job is Export Manager for Baileys Horse Feeds.

Tel: 07711 701565

Email: mark@baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk

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DARREN EDWARDS

Vice Chairman

Darren is a partner in Fisher German; a multi-disciplined firm of chartered surveyors. He has ridden over 300 winners in PTPs & NH rules & rides across the country.

Tel: 07811 898002

Email: darren.edwards@fishergerman.co.uk

Area Representatives

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Devon & Cornwall

Tel: TBC

Email: TBC

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Midlands

Tel: TBC

Email: TBC

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JOHN SHARP

East Anglia

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Tim garton

North West

Tim rode more than 60 winners, including Hunter Chases and he now trains his own pointers on his family farm in Cheshire.

Tel: 07739 948873

Email: notrag@hotmail.com

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JOHN LEADBETTER

Northern

John has been involved with pointing most of his life, having owned a pointer for the last 50 years & also training racehorses, including the 1979 Grand National winner Rubstic.

Tel: 07890 392026

Email: sjlrubstic@gmail.com

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charlotte marshall

South East

Charlotte and husband Fraser run a small family yard in Brightling, East Sussex. Charlotte is mum (& sometimes trainer!) to point-to-point jockeys Charlie & Izzie Marshall who are the South-East’s leading gentleman & lady rider respectively, regularly representing the area at a national level. Charlotte is passionate about pointing & together with youngest son Alfie, has successfully retrained many TBs to find new homes after their racing career. 

Tel: 07887 520482

Email: marshallc335@aol.com

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IAN PRICHARD

South Wales & Monmouthshire

Ian has been involved in pointing since he was a child, having ridden, trained & owned an occasional winner over the years, as well as breeding a pointer too. He has two children who have both been very successful jockeys on the pointing scene and is a committed point-to-point enthusiast, having been a member of various PTP committees. 

Tel: 01443 409419 

Email: ianprichard7803@btinternet.com

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JEREMY BARBER

Wessex

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NOLAN BEST

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CHRIS LOGGIN

South Midlands

Chris has represented the South Midlands area for 20 years & has been involved as a rider, owner or trainer every year since the 1960s.

Tel: 01869 810594

Email: chris.loggin@idnet.com

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GRAHAM SAVEKeR

Welsh Borders

Graham has been involved in point-to-points for over 35 years in one capacity or another ranging from racegoer, owner, racing journalist, Judge or Steward. Alongside this, he has represented the Welsh Borders area & the views of its members within the PPORA for over 25 years.

Tel: 07852 147630

Email: g.saveker@btinternet.com

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TIM SAGE

West Midlands

Tim has been a PTP fan his entire life, as a spectator, photographer & race reader. Having trained & ridden his first winner aged 30, he returned to pointing following a break in his 60s to train several winners including Hunter Chases. He was a judge at PTPs for more than 25 years, as well as steward, commentator & announcer. He's not shy of lending a hand, having parked cars, sold racecards & been on the committee of PTP meetings. Tim believes pointing has an enourmous amount to offer & that it is vital to maintain the participation of all roles, giving the sport it's unique personality.

Tel: 07748 104238

Email: timfsage@yahoo.co.uk

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DAVID LLEWELLYN

West Wales

David has been involved in point-to-pointing for over 40 years; firstly as a rider in the 80's-90's & more recently as an owner-trainer. David was very involved with successful racehorse Rosies Peacock and is brother to former NH jockey Carl Llewellyn. David is a farmer who trains a few home-bred horses; one of a dying breed!

Tel: 07966 520802

Email: daillewellyn690@gmail.com

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GILLIAN LEE

Yorkshire

Gillian has been attending point-to-points since a child; over 50 years. Gillian enjoys hunting and its link to pointing. She takes her pointers hunting, which found her taking on the role of the Hurworth Point-to_point secretary for 20 years, and she still helps with the building of the course and on the day now. Gillian is a PTP steward and officiates at a few meetings a year. Over the years she has owned and trained a couple of her own horses for pointing each year with some success and plenty of disappointments - but she finds these disappointments make the wins more special! Formerly the Yorkshire rep for the PPORA, Gillian has now taken on the role of treasurer. 

Tel: 07811 357504

Email: gillian_lee@sky.com 

Tel: 07811 357504

Email: gillian_lee@sky.com 

Rider Representatives

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Midlands

Mark rode pointing for 20 years, having enjoyed many memorable days & is still an active member of the PTP community. Mark is always approachable & pleased to help young people & newbies! 

Tel: 07990 995053

Email: markjwall@hotmail.co.uk

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South

Tel: TBC

Email: TBC

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DARREN EDWARDS

West

Darren is a partner in Fisher German; a multi-disciplined firm of chartered surveyors. He has ridden over 300 winners in PTPs & NH rules & rides across the country.

Tel: 07811 898002

Email: darren.edwards@fishergerman.co.uk

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GILLON CROW

North

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JOHN MATHIAS

Wales & Borders

John's family has been involved in pointing for 4 generations; the South Pembrokeshire meeting is held at Lydstep which they are lucky enough to call home. John started race riding at 16 on his parents' Howdydoody & loved 10 years of pointing before injury (and weight!) put an end to it. John rode 196 P2P winners & was a runner up in the national championship 4 times. However, now alongside wife Amber, John trains a handful of pointers for local pointing enthusiast’s which they thoroughly enjoy

Tel: 07791 628805

Email: john.mathias@redmills.co.uk