Berkshire and Buckinghamshire riders get surprise sponsorship call!
Two local riders had the surprise of their lives recently when they were contacted out of the blue and offered sponsorship by the renowned 124-year-old Harry Hall equestrian clothing brand.
Hannah Bishop, a racing manager from Fulmer, Bucks, and Beth Mantel, a keen show jumper and dressage rider, and instructor at Berkshire College of Agriculture at Burchetts Green, were both among the handful of horse enthusiasts handpicked by Harry Hall.
Both will share Harry Hall news with their followers, write blogs, and will be feeding back into the Harry Hall product development team about how their clothes are performing.
Racing Industry champion receives NEF commendation
Paul Greeves, former Executive Director and Keeper of the General Stud Book at Weatherbys, received the Sir Colin Spedding Award at yesterday’s National Equine Forum (NEF), on Thursday 5th March 2015 presented by HRH The Princess Royal . This special commendation was given in recognition of Paul’s tireless work, spanning more than 40 years, on the development of racing and his steering of the general stud book through scientific developments to ensure the continued integrity of the breed.
Racing’s longest standing racehorse welfare charity, Greatwood held its annual race day at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 28th February 2015 attended by almost 300 guests. Always a very well received event, this year was bigger and better than ever with a total of £72,000 being raised thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many.
This year’s Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novices Riders Series was won by Megan Nicholls, daughter of leading National Hunt Trainer Paul Nicholls, riding the nine year old bay gelding Join Together who is trained in Somerset by Mrs Rose Loxton and owned by Mrs Wendy Fogg. Megan, who is just 16 years of age, managed to fight off fierce competition from Charlie Hammond (finishing in second), riding Ferbane Man who is owned by his father and trained by his mother in Worcestershire. Charlie rides work for Dr Richard Newland who trained the winner of the 2014 Grand National so a very competitive race all round!
Megan is currently leading National Novice Lady Rider and started the day by winning the Mixed Open at Tabley on a horse part owned by her father. Paul Nicholls, who was away racing in France, was a very proud father and commented “Megan really deserves the title. She is very committed to her race riding and certainly has the talent to move up the ranks in the future”. Megan was presented with her prizes by Dodson & Horrell’s Technical Director, Chris Gordon. Chris commented “It was a very competitive race with a very worthy winner. This Series certainly highlights potential stars for the future and we look forward to watching with interest the career of Megan Nicholls and other riders that took part in the Final”.
Both these young riders came up through the ranks of Pony Racing which is a brilliant spring board for careers in National Hunt Racing.
Dodson & Horrell first became involved in point-to-point racing at a local level in 1987 supporting the Oakley, the Pytchley and Woodland Pytchley Fixtures. The sponsorship has now extended to a nationwide series of races – made up of twenty-two races at Point-to-Point courses across the country. Over the years Dodson & Horrell has sponsored around 640 Point-to-Point races and is extremely proud to be involved with this Series.
Results of the 2014 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders Series
1st Miss Megan Nicholls, riding Join Together – owned by Mrs Wendy Fogg, trained by Mrs Rose Loxton,
2nd Charlie Hammond, riding Ferbane Man, owned by Mr Mike Hammond, trained by Mrs Zoe Hammond
3rd Miss Abby Knowlson, riding Ours, owned by Mr Andrew Tooze, Trained by Mr Guy Brewer
A jockey who retired from racing in March to follow a new career will be handing out the awards at the 2014 Royal Bath & West Show for racehorses who have done the same thing.
Former leading National Hunt jockey Joe Tizzard quit the sport just weeks ago to focus on the family business, tending the 300-strong dairy herd at their Dorset farm, as well as training their 60 racehorses.
How Good Friday Became ‘Great’ as Lingfield Park Makes History
A record-breaking crowd helped to make Good Friday 2013 ‘Great’ at Lingfield Park Resort as managers were forced to turn people away when the site reached its capacity. Thousands of race-goers packed in to the Surrey course which made history by becoming the first ever British racecourse to stage a meeting on Good Friday.
On Good Friday 18th April 2014, upwards of 10,000 visitors are expected to attend The Betfair Lambourn Open Day. This annual charity event provides visitors with a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of the country’s top racehorse training establishments and meet the trainers, staff and, of course, the horses. More than 25 racing yards are expected to open their doors to the public in the Valley of the Racehorse, so don’t miss your chance to see the stable stars of Lambourn, including Cheltenham Festival winners Whisper, trained by Nicky Henderson and the Jamie Snowden trained Present View as well as superstars Bobs Worth, Sprinter Sacre and Kauto Star.
Shavings manufacturer supports classes for retired racehorses
Equine bedding maker BEDMAX is supporting Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) with sponsorship for its hugely successful RoR-BEDMAX BEDMAX Racing2Eventing Series for a fourth consecutive year. This series is aimed specifically at encouraging ex-racehorse owners into the starter classes of eventing.
Towcester racecourse witnessed a landmark day in racing as AP McCoy achieved the unprecedented milestone of 4,000 jump race winners on November 7, 2013.
The Northamptonshire racecourse, which has sponsorship support from HAYGAIN hay steamers, experienced huge crowds and saw the world’s media descend to see if this would be the day AP McCoy would notch up his 4000th career win.