The 2013 Charles Owen Pony Racing Series gets under way at Exeter Racecourse this Tuesday, April 2. This year there are 25 Racecourse Fixtures – staging 50 pony races – with the Finals to be held at York Racecourse on Sunday, September 8.
Charles Owen are once again sponsoring this fantastic series and the Pony Racing Authority is extremely grateful for their continued support. Charles Owen have been sponsoring Pony Racing since 2005 and their commitment and investment in the sport has provided so many opportunities for young jockeys.
The Charles Owen series is the crème de la crème of pony racing and has been the spring board for many of our young and talented jockeys including recent Cheltenham Festival winning jockeys Sam Twiston-Davies, Brendan Powell and Harry Derham.
RaceTech will again be sponsoring the best turned out awards and new for this year will be providing a prize for the Best Novice Rider of the month.
The Prince family has also kindly agreed to once again sponsor the Rose Bengal Scholarship and Leading Rider Awards. This provides opportunities for both the best and those that have tried the hardest to improve their skills and be rewarded for their efforts.
More than 30 pony races have already taken place in 2013 at various Point-to-Points around the country, with over 100 more Point-to-Point Pony Races scheduled to take place before June.
This next two months racecourse fixtures are: Kelso, Monday April 8; Chepstow, Friday April 12; Kempton, Saturday April 13; Stratford, Sunday SApril 21; Sedgefield, Thursday May 2; Ffos Las, Monday May 6; Aintree, Friday May 17; Newmarket, Saturday May 18; Towcester, Friday May 24 (evening); Uttoxeter, Sunday May 26.
They continue through the summer to the final at York on Sunday September 8.
Since Felix de Giles, the winner of The Finals back in 2004, more than 100 young riders have progressed through Pony Racing and now hold a professional or amateur jockeys’ licence with the BHA.
There have been Champion Amateur Riders and it is surely only a matter of times until there is a Champion Jockey that has graduated through Pony Racing.
It is also interesting to note that since 2007, 40 per cent of riders from Pony Racing now work in racing yards proving that Pony Racing sows the seed for a love of the sport that people chose to follow as a career.