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Point-to-PointChanges to the course have proven very popular with both the trainers and the public. The track is now oval in shape with the start adjacent to the Lodge, the revised length being reduced to just over 2 miles 7 furlongs.

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      Buy online and save £2.00   ONLINE Tickets £8.00


Entry on Gate £10.00

Certificates available from David Gwynne on 01874 711676
On collection of certificate a photocopy of Horses Passport required


Point-to-Point to be held at Ty Fry, Llanfrynach, Nr Brecon, on TBC


First horse TBC
Second horse TBC
Third horse TBC
Fourth horse TBC


Further Information:

Liz Davies
Woodside
Aber Village
Talybont on Usk

Brecon

Powys
LD3 7YS


Email: lizdavies60@yahoo.com

Tel: 07855 086403


If you enjoy point-to-point racing and want to help keep our meeting going into the future why not get more involved by helping us prepare our course or alternatively by helping us financially.


Option 1 – Race Sponsor

Option 2 – Best turned out £60

Option 3 – Fence Sponsor £45


Option 4 – Full page £100


Option 5 – ½ page £60



Or if these don’t suit we will be happy to tailor a plan to suit your needs so please feel free to give me a call


Liz Davies - 07855 086403


THE HISTORY OF POINT-TO-POINTING


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.


The first point-to-point held at Llanfrynach was in 1963 and run by the former Brecon hunt and the event has been run at the same venue ever since.


The course has been modified this year to take out the historic first fence which means it is slightly shorter in distance, the fences are also going to be overhauled to be smaller in height and firmer. As always there is spacious car parking, great viewing and a very friendly atmosphere.



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