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Owner/Horse Eligibility for PPORA Races 2019 – 2020

If you are planning to enter a PPORA Club Members’ Conditions Race it’s important to be aware of the Race Conditions that apply to all owners and riders in these races. 

Owners: Provisional Information – this will be confirmed ahead of the 2019 – 2020 Season

To help ensure no-one is inadvertently caught out we have put together some FAQs to help owners, keepers, and riders understand what needs to be done, and the deadlines for meeting the Race Conditions.

Important Things To Remember:

  1. It is an owner’s responsibility to comply with Race Conditions including the deadlines for becoming a PPORA Member.  
  2. If your entries are made by your keeper please make sure they know  whether or not you are a member of the PPORA
  3. An owner only requires one PPORA membership regardless of the number of horses owned
  4. If a horse is in shared ownership not all owners in the group/partnership are required to be members of the PPORA – see Questions 4 & 5 below for details of how to satisfy the ownership Race Condition.
  5. If you are not sure of your membership status please join when making your race entry – the PPORA will refund duplicate memberships on request at the END of the 2019 – 2020 Season.

 1) Am I eligible to enter my horse in a PPORA Race during the 2019 – 2020 Season?

To be eligible to enter  your horse in a PPORA Race during the 2019- 2020 Season you must hold one of the following memberships, by the deadlines explained in Question 2:

2) What are the Owner Membership Deadlines ahead of entering a PPORA Race?

By default the DEADLINE for an owner to join the PPORA is5pm on the FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE CLOSE OF ENTRIES FOR A PPORA RACE. There are 4 ways you can satisfy this deadline.   You are considered to have satisfied this deadline if:

3) What happens if I miss the 5pm Friday Deadline

If you miss this deadline then the ONLY way to satisfy the Owner Race Conditionis by purchasing a PPORA Owner Membership when making an on-line or telephone entry with the Point-To-Point Racing Company:

4) What happens if the membership condition is not satisfied?

At close of entries PPRC will check to ensure that the Owner PPORA Membership Race Condition has been met.  Any entry that does not satisfy this RACE CONDITION will be removed from the Entries List.   Regrettably it is not possible to meet the condition by joining the PPORA after close of entries and no exceptions can be made to this condition, or to the deadlines defined above.

5) We’re a partnership do we all need to be members of the PPORA to  satisfy this Race Condition?

No. If a horse’s Hunter Certificate is registered in the “assumed  name” of a partnership e.g. “The Winning Post Partnership (Andrew Smith)”  then it is the named “lead” member who is name on the Hunter Certificate who must be a current, eligible, member of the PPORA.  

In the above example provided that Andrew Smith is a current member of the PPORA then the owner membership condition is satisfied.

6) Our horse has been registered in joint names do we all need to be members of the PPORA to  satisfy this Race Condition?

No.  If a horse’s Hunter Certificate has been registered in joint names e.g. Mrs P Evans, Mr J James and Mr  R Wright then only one of people named on the Hunter Cert is required to be a current, eligible, member of the PPORA.

In the above example provided that either Mrs P Evans or  Mr J James or Mr  R Wright is a  current member of the PPORA then the PPORA race eligibility requirements are met.

7) I have PPORA Rider Membership, do I also need to buy Owner Membership to enter my horse in a PPORA Race?

No.  PPORA Rider Members are eligible to enter a horse in a PPORA Race (subject to the deadlines, and rules applying to shared ownership outlined above).

8) I purchased a membership  less than 12 months ago, midway through the 2018 – 2019 Membership Season doesn’t that mean I am still eligible to enter my horse in a PPORA Race? 

Unfortunately not, the PPORA Membership Year runs from October 1st to September 30th of the following year.  All 2018 – 2019 memberships expired on September 30th 2019 regardless of the date on which they were purchased.

9) I am a keeper entering a horse on behalf of an owner what should I do?

It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that Race Conditions are satisfied, but if you are making an entry on behalf of an owner then please check with them and make sure that they are aware of the Race Condition.  This will  avoid the disappointment of a horse being removed from the Entries List.  Please see the information in Question 2 for details of deadlines and how to join.

10) What about my rider – do they also need to be a member of the PPORA?

Yes, this is also a Race Condition of PPORA Races but to accommodate riding plans different deadlines apply – for information on these please click here

We strongly recommend that owners (and keepers) ensure that riders are aware of, and satisfy, the Race Condition.

11) How do owner eligibility rules apply to rearranged meetings?

The deadline for membership is linked to the date on which entries close.

If a meeting is re-arranged after close of entries, with “entries standing”  then the eligibility check completed at the original close of entries continues to apply.    

If a meeting is re-arranged with new entries then the deadline applies to the new entries closing date.

12) What happens if these Race Conditions are not satisfied?

If the Race Condition relating to Owner Membership is not satisfied the horse will be removed from PPORA Race Entries and will not be eligible to run.

If the Race Condition relating to Rider Membership is not satisfied then BHA will complete an investigation, this may result in disciplinary action.  A small number of these breaches occurred during the 2018 – 2019 Season – penalties imposed included rider fines of £100 and horse disqualification.

More questions?

If you are still unsure, or have any questions that we have not answered, please contact us by emailing membership@ppora.co.uk and we will be pleased to help

You can also read more about race eligibility in Who We Are And What We Do which you can open by clicking here.