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PPORA Grassroots Novice Rider Awards

Point to Pointing  offers unique opportunities for riders wanting to experience the thrills and spills or race riding.   We provide the step into racing for many pony racing graduates, offer accessible race riding experiences for the true amateur rider, and, as a learning ground and supplier of young talent hungry for a career in racing, we make a valuable contribution to National Hunt racing.  Bryony Frost and James Bowen – National Novice Champion 2016 – 2017 – are two of this year’s riders to process to conditional jockey status, and James summed it up well when he told us

Winner Number 29 of the season for James Bowen, 2016 - 2017 PPORA Wilkinson Sword Winner and National Novice Champion riding On Welsh Border Area PPORA Young Horse Award Winner Cheltenham Mati to victory in the Pembrokeshire Intermediate Race at Trecoed. courtesy and copyright www.sportingprints.biz

Winner Number 29 of the season for James Bowen, 2016 – 2017 PPORA Wilkinson Sword Winner and National Novice Champion riding On Welsh Border Area PPORA Young Horse Award Winner Cheltenham Mati to victory in the Pembrokeshire Intermediate Race at Trecoed. courtesy and copyright www.sportingprints.biz

“Pointing is a great place to learn and to learn from mistakes without being under the pressure that comes with scrutiny of being on TV. But it’s also a lot of fun for a lot of people, that’s what it’s really for isn’t it.

The best thing is it’s an amateur sport, and it’s great we have something aside of racing Under Rules that’s for amateurs. Some of the people competing would never ride under Rules but they just love their pointing.

That’s very different from on the Flat where you don’t have what we have, and you see a lot of people – apprentices – who never get the chance of a ride.”     

Click here to read more about James

The appearance of new riders at the start of each season is greeted with anticipation, and stimulates debate and excitement as we watch them progress over the weeks.

The Dodson and Horrell PPORA Club Members Novice Riders Series is a competitive series with the valuable final on the radar of every novice rider and their connections.  For more information click <under construction> 

Our Grassroots Novice Riders’ Awards presented at our annual Grassroots Awards Lunch are a celebration of the season’s emerging talent.

The Wilkinson Sword(novice men), sponsored by our long-standing supporters Dodson & Horrell,  and the Princess Royal Trophy (novice women), sponsored by specialist insurers Howden,  are prestigious contests, open to riders who, at the start of the season, are under 21 and have not ridden any winners in point to points or under “Rules”.

Antonia Peck Image supplied courtesy of Graham Bishop www.gdbphotography.co.uk Copyright Graham Bishop

2016 -2017 Princess Royal Winner Antonia Peck
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In 2016 -2017 an awe-inspiring first season tally of 30 winners, 5 more than ever previously ridden by a novice, saw Welsh rider James Bowen storm to success in the Wilkinson Sword.  Antonia Peck proved best of the young women riders, taking the trophy home to East Anglia.  Click here to read more about Antonia.

Harley Racing PPPORA Novice Rider Award Winner Lorcan Williams. photo courtesy and copyright www.sportingprints.biz

Harley Racing PPORA Novice Rider Award Winner Lorcan Williams. photo courtesy and copyright www.sportingprints.biz

The Harley Racing PPORA Novice Riders’ Points Series is open to all riders who begin the season with novice rider status, and is a points based contest with points awarded in all Novice Riders’ Race.  Prizes are awarded to the top three scorers in this contest, with Wales once again demonstrating itself as a powerful supplier of riding talent with Lorcan Williams, a former pony racing national champion named winner  after a hard fought battle with  North West rider Henry Crow.   East Anglian Tim Gredley chased them home in third.  Click here to read more about Tim.

 

2017 – 2018 PPORA Grass Roots Novice Rider’s Awards

The winner of each award will be given 2 tickets for the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch and evening racing at Stratford Racecourse on Friday June 8th 2017.

 

The Dodson & Horrell Novice Rider Award For The Wilkinson Sword 2017 – 2018 

The 2017 -2017 Wilkinson Sword will be awarded to the leading Gentleman Novice Rider under 21 (as at 18th November 2017)  who had not ridden a winner under any Rules (excluding Arabian Horse Racing) before the start of the 2017 – 2018 season.

The winner will be determined by the total number of point to point winners ridden in all races during the 2017 – 2018 season up to, and including, Sunday June 3rd In the event of a tie 2nd and then, if necessary, 3rd placings, will be taken into account to determine the winner.

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The Howden Novice Rider Award For The Princess Royal Trophy 

The 2017-2018 Princess Royal Trophy will be awarded to the leading leading  Novice Rider under 21(as at 18th November 2017), who had not ridden a winner under any Rules (excluding Arabian Horse Racing) before the start of the 2017 – 2018 season.

The winner will be determined by the total number of point to point winners ridden in all races during the 2017 – 2018 season up to, and including, Sunday June 3rd In the event of a tie 2nd and then, if necessary, 3rd placings, will be taken into account to determine the winner.

 

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Harley Racing PPORA Novice Riders’ Points Series – Sponsored by Harley Racing  

All novice riders, as at 18th November 2017,are automatically included in this competition.  For 2017 – 2018 points will be awarded in every novice riders’ race up to, and including Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Points are awarded as follows:

Win – 4 points

2nd – 2 points

3rd – 1 point

Harley Racing Vouchers will be given to the winner (£400), runner up  (£200), and third placed rider (£100).

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As the season progresses you will be able to follow riders’ progress in these awards by clicking <under construction>