Don’t miss pre-season special of Go Pointing

Co-editors Adam Hurley and Tom Chilman have produced a pre-season special edition of Go Pointing to mark the fact that the 2019/20 point-to-point season is just days away.

Not to be missed, this edition includes Carl Evans’ scene-setter for the months ahead while Jake Exelby has been to visit the yards of some current point-to-point champions. Men’s victor Will Biddick who regained his leading rider title last campaign, and he was first on the Exelby hit-list.

Action at a previous Vine and Craven point to point at Hackwood

Next up was a trip to Warwickshire, and in a nice example of multi-tasking Jake spent
an afternoon in Warwickshire, with husband and wife team of dual champions Gina Andrews and Tom Ellis.

Gina’s score of 58 winners last term smashed the previous season’s best
score of 40 by a woman rider – set by Polly Curling in 1995 – and
this leading point to point lady will be looking for a seventh Skinner’s
title in the coming season.

Top lady point to point rider Gina Andrews
Photo: John Simpson

Tom took the Foran Equine trainers’ championship (eight or more horses) for the first time and Jake gives the lowdown on how this phenomenal team hope to replicate
their best ever campaign.

The PPA has been working hard over the summer to secure fresh investment in the sport, and the pages detail some exciting new national sponsorships.

Most offer something different, and should allow increased opportunities for
pointing participants.

The increased support available for young riders hoping to take part in the sport for the first time, is also highlighted, along with a chat to a teenager who has certainly benefited from this.

He could be one to watch in the months ahead, so be sure to not
miss that feature towards the end of this issue, which contains a wealth of  news and information.

Thanks to co-editors Adam Hurley and Tom Chilman, there is plenty of local news from the various point-to-point areas, giving an update on all the latest goings-on, and there is the full 2019/20 point-to-point fixture list for you to digest – when and where will you next Go Pointing?

The traditional Crawley and Horsham point to point meeting takes place at Parham in West Sussex on March 28 and is one of the most popular events in the Sussex calendar as well as a great day out for families.  Put this date in your diary.

Youngsters love the annual dog show at Parham point to point  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Parham Race Day is a really entertaining country day out for all the family with a little something for everyone; six horse races over fences, pony racing, fun dog show, beer tent, fun fair and a wide variety of trade stands for you to browse, plus local food and drink stalls to keep you fed and watered.

 

 

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