THE Crawley and Horsham Hunt’s annual point to point at Parham is set to be even bigger and better this year, when racing takes place on Saturday March 14.
Since the course was changed a few years ago, the ground and track has steadily been improved. As a result, entries have increased and last year there was more than 80 per cent declaration of entries, ensuring competitive fields and good racing for the crowd.
Parham is more popular than ever with owners and trainers because of the improvements that have been made.
Chairman of the Hunt, Jamie Hawksfield said the course is in great condition this year, particularly because the watering system is now well-established and used to best advantage, while the use of an aggravator enables the hunt to ensure there is good ground in most conditions.
All races have been sponsored by local businesses .This year the day will start with two pony races, continuing a long tradition that enables local children to be encourage to enter their ponies- and this system produces many talented jockeys for the future.
As well as exciting racing, which has fine viewing points throughout the course, there will be a traditional Hunt Ride again after the last point to point race for hunters . These will be ridden by members or subcribers to the Crawley and Horsham and adjacent packs in full hunting dress and hunting saddles.
There will be an exit collection in support of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt’s charity of the year- Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Slinfold, near Horsham, which retrains former racehorses to go on an lead active and happy lives after racing and which has to find funding in order to continue this vital work in 2016.
A full preview of racing will be published nearer the date.