Certificates available from Steve Bushell 07773343492 On collection of certificate a photocopy of Horses Passport required
Juliette Evans The Plough House Devauden Chepstow NP16 6NN Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method of contact) Tel: 01291 650001 Mob: 07776293070 (happy to have text messages and please leave voicemail)
2020/21 Sponsorship and Advertising Packages
Option 1 – Race £350
10 hospitality badges for sponsor’s marquee 4 car passes Banner display and trade stand (if required) Full page advert in racecard Publicity on the public address system Present the winner’s trophy after the race
Option 2 – Best turned out £60
4 hospitality badges for sponsor’s marquee 2 car passes
Option 3 – Fence Sponsor £45
2 hospitality badges for sponsor’s marquee 1 car pass
Option 4 Full Page ad. Please increase to £110
Option 4 – Full page £100
6 hospitality badges for sponsors marquee 3 car passes and trade stand (if required)
Option 5 – ½ page £60
4 hospitality badges for sponsor’s marquee 2 car pass and trade stand (if required)
Option 6 – ¼ page £45
2 hospitality badges for sponsor’s marquee 1 car pass and trade stand (if required)
Further contact to be made via the sponsorship secretary
Point-to-pointing and steeplechasing shared a single birth, in the hunting fields of Ireland and Britain, where riders pitted their hunters against each other, with a few marker flags along the way as route guides. The first of such contests took place in 1752 in Ireland when Mr. Blake challenged his neighbour Mr. O’Callaghan, to race across country from Buttevant church to Doneraile church some four and a half miles distance. By keeping the steeple of the church in sight (steeplechasing) both riders could see their finishing point.
Steeplechasing has evolved to become a professional sport run on made-up courses, whereas point-to-pointing maintains its tradition across natural country. Most point-to-point courses are on ordinary farmland, where a typical 3 mile race is almost invariably 2 circuits of a point to point course. Every course must have a minimum number of 18 fences and at least 2 fences must have ditches. The fences are made of birch and are approx 4 foot 6 inches high.
In 1882 the National Hunt Committee brought in a set of rules for ‘racing between the flags’ and the sport continues to operate under a strict set of regulations. Modern ‘pointing’ involves steeplechases confined to horses which have been ‘regularly and fairly hunted’ with any recognized pack of hounds. A certificate attesting to this fact has to be obtained from a hunt’s master.
Point-to-pointing is a nursery school for future chasers, and a retirement home for old or failed ones, although not all point-to-point races are necessarily easier than those under Rules. The majority of point-to-pointers are just that; they spend their whole working life in the sport with perhaps the odd foray into hunter chases. In point to pointing there is no handicapping, just some penalties and allowances. This can mean that favourites often win and keep winning for years.