Howden Insurance Wilkinson Sword & Princess Royal Championships
The 2018 – 2019 Wilkinson Sword (novice men) and the Princess Royal Championships (novice women) are prestigious contests, open to riders who, at the start of the season have yet to ride a winner under the rules of any recognised Racing Authority (including Point to Points and Arabian Horse Racing).
In recent seasons the Wilkinson Sword has been a milestone on the way to a professional racing career for jockeys Harry Cobden (2014 – 2015) and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2018 nominee James Bowen (2016-2017) .
In 2018 we saw yet another talented youngster – Connor Brace – emerge from the Welsh Point to Pointing powerhouse. Aged 16 Connor rode his first winner on board William Money in the first Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders’ Series Qualifier at the PPORC Point to Point at Barbury in November. He continued to amass a total of 21 wins between the flags – giving him decisive victory in the Wilkinson Sword Award – and rounded off his season with his first win over regulation fences in the White Swan Hotel Open Hunter Chase at Stratford on June 8th. Connor has since joined the professional ranks as Conditional for fellow Point to Point Graduate Fergal O’Brien who provided Connor’s first winner Mighty Leader at Perth on September 10th click here to read more.
Yorkshire’s Jess Bedi, a textile design student who combines her studies with training and riding Pointers for her grandmother Sandra Barker, proved best of the new women riders under 21 in 2018. Her 3 wins on board Iron Chancellor saw Jess crowned in the Howden Insurance Brokers Princess Royal Championship. Her achievements and potential have been recognised with RSS sponsorship from Howden for 2018 -2019 click here to read more
New sponsor for 2018 – 2019
Howden Insurance Brokers have extended their sponsorship of Grassroots Point to Pointing to include the Wilkinson Sword and Princess Royal Championships. As part of the sponsorship package this season’s champions will be offered £700 sponsorship under the 2019 – 2020 Point to Point Riders Sponsorship Scheme.
Winners will be invited to join the PPORA and Howden at the 2018 – 2019 PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch at Stratford on Friday 31st May where they will be presented with their trophy and a memento of their successful season.
Eligibility and Scoring
These championships are open to riders who have not ridden a winner under the Rules of any Recognised Racing Authority (including Point to Pointing and Arabian Horse Racing) prior to the start of the 2018 – 2019 Point To Point Season.
Please note that the under 21 age threshold has been removed, and this season’s contests are open to riders of any age.
The winner of each championship will be decided by the number of winners ridden in all races up to, and including, Sunday 19th May.
In the event of two or more riders achieving equal numbers of winners, the number of second, and if necessary third placings, will be the deciding factors.
Howden is one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers with a specialist division supporting the equine industry.
With a range of tailored products designed for riders and owners, Howden has many years’ experience of supporting Point to Point racing.