The Dick Woodhouse Trophy 2018 – 2019 – sponsored by the MFHA
Dick Woodhouse and Highworth winners of the 1970 Cheltenham Foxhunter, led in by Sue Woodhouse photo courtesy of Jackie Abbott
Dick & Sue Woodhouse with Highworth at a Melton Hunt Club Meeting a Garthorpe During the 1960sWoodhouse with Highworth at a Melton Hunt Club Meeting a Garthorpe During the 1960s photo courtesy of Jackie Abbott
Dick and Sue Woodhouse were born, and lived their whole lives, in Dorset. Dick went into farming, Sue was a farmer’s daughter, and was already renowned as a talented leading lady point to point rider when she married Dick. Together they made a formidable team with lives centred on hunting – Dick was a MFH for 12 years – and racing horses, as owners, breeders, riders, trainers, lorry drivers, grooms! . In their married life they settled to a division of labour that saw Dick doing most of the riding, winning more than 50 races, and Sue all the training – a grassroots family team.
They also stewarded at many Point to Points and at Wincanton and Taunton races under Rules
Amongst their many successful and well known point to pointers two in particular stand out.
Woodside Terrace, purchased at Ascot sales for 360 gns, who progressed successfully through the point to point ranks and on to win the 1965 Cheltenham Foxhunters, sent off as a 100/1 outsider, and Dick’s first ride under rules.
Highworth who made his mark as a multiple winner between the flags and in Hunter Chases at West Country tracks before carrying Dick to his second Cheltenham Foxhunters success in 1970. The next year Dick and the horse achieved his ultimate ambition of contesting the Grand National.
Following Dick’s death from cancer in 1983, Sue’s pride in his achievements, and great love of the sport, led her to present the Dick Woodhouse Trophy for use as an annual award by the PPORA, and to establish a memorial Hunter Chase that is still contested at Wincanton to this day.
Historically presented to the Leading Owner-Rider of the Season, the award has been refocussed for 2019 and will be made to the owner
scoring the most points with family ridden* horses in the PPORA Members’ Awards Contest – click here to read more about these new awards
This year’s award is sponsored by the MFHA, and the winner will be invited to join us at the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch at Stratford on Friday 31st of May where they will receive the Dick Woodhouse Trophy and an award as a memento of their success.
2018 – 2019 Winner – Mike Chatterton
2019 Dick Woodhouse award winner Mike Chatterton receives the Dick Woodhouse Memorial Trophy and his 2019 PPORA Awards Trophy from Dick’s daughter Jackie Abbott (l) and Lizzie Pinney (Deputy Director MFHA) Image courtesy & copyright Phil Britt
The change of criteria for the 2018 – 2019 Dick Woodhouse Award – from owner-rider to owner of family ridden horses – was made in recognition of the changing nature of our sport. We were delighted in the increased competitiveness and renewed interest that this generated in this long-standing grassroots awards, with high percentages of family owned and ridden horses entering PPORA races and no less than 82 owners scoring points for the award. Mike Chatterton, Sarah Humphrey, Harry Arkwright and Charlie Dando all featured prominently on the top rungs of the leaderboard, however it was Mike’s grandson and Wilkinson Sword Winner George’s success with Minella Friend and Distime that sealed the success. With George’s brother Billy set to make his debut between the flags next season we expect to see team Chatterton mount a strong challenge to retain the award in 2020.
Click here to see former winners of the Dick Woodhouse Trophy
Eligibility & Scoring for the 2018 – 2019 Dick Woodhouse Award
The 2019 Dick Woodhouse Memorial Trophy sponsored by the MFHA, will be awarded to the to the owner accruing the most points with family ridden* horses in eligible races (as shown below) up to an including Sunday 19th May.
*An owner will accrue points for horses that are ridden by:
their husband or wife,
Points will be allocated to the named owner(s) (as shown in the race results)
Points will not be allocated to horses with multiple registered owners, including those running in the names of multiple owners, or in the name of a syndicate/partnership or group, unless all those named as owners on the Hunter Certificate have one of the listed relationships to the rider.
Please note we will automatically allocate points using race results on a best efforts basis. Sometimes it may not be apparent from owner and rider names that the family relationship criteria are met. If this applies to you, and/or you think we have overlooked an eligilble horse, and you would like to be included in the contest for this award please email us: email@example.com your email should include the name of the point scoring horse, the eligible race in which it was placed, and the relationship of the rider to the named owner(s).