Becoming a Point-to-Point Owner offers you the chance to be part of a unique British sport offering the experience of owning a racehorse in a relaxed and friendly setting. Whilst there aren't official Point-to-Point 'trainers', there are a number of Point-to-Point 'keepers' offering training services and a traditional ownership experience. Alternatively, there is nothing to stop Owners training their own horse if they wish.
This guide takes you through the process of Point-to-Point Ownership from finding a horse and registering it to run to what to expect on the day. If you have any questions about any part of the process, please do contact the relevant office as listed. For general enquiries, contact the PPA Office (01793 781990 - [email protected])
1. Finding a horse
If you are buying your own horse to Point-to-Point, you will need to check that the horse you are interested in is eligible to Point-to-Point. To do this, you should read through the eligibility criteria, which can be downloaded here -Eligibility Criteria 2019-20 (provisional).
2. Becoming an Owner
Whether you are buying yourself a horse, joining a racing club/syndicate or you already have a horse that you'd like to run in Point-to-Points, it's important for you to know what your responsibilities are as an Owner.
If you have recently purchased a horse with a current Hunter Certificate, you need to make sure that the relevant form has been completed and sent to the Horse Registry Department at Weatherbys within 30 days of the change of ownership being made; *please use the link below for Change of Ownership
DEFRA Change of Ownership - click here to register online
Owners of Point-to-Point horses are bound by the Point-to-Point regulations and you should be familiar with these before you run your horse. A copy of these can be downloaded here.
The PPORA is the membership body that represents Owners and Riders in Point-to-Pointing, you can find out more about joining them and the membership benefits by visiting www.ppora.co.uk or you can contact them on 01789 415598 - [email protected]
3. Before your horse can race it must have a registered HUNTER CERTIFICATE
The form which can be downloaded here (2019-20 Hunter Cert available soon) must be completed and returned to Weatherbys before the Hunter Certificate deadline for the meeting you wish to run at (usually 12noon on the Friday a week prior the meeting, but please check the planner (see section 4 below)).
The Form requires a signature from a nominated signatory of the Hunt you wish to support. The list of approved signatories can be found here. If the Hunter Certificate is sent in without a correct signature, it will not be registered and will be returned.
A Hunter Certificate must be re-registered for your horse each season.
Hunter Certificates for Hunt Members Races do not have to be registered.
If your horse is in the care of another individual or 'Keeper', their details must be stated on the Hunters' Certificate; this includes the exact location of where the horse is to be housed.
Please consider the notice about 'Authority to Act' on the Hunters' Certificate; if you choose to delegate certain duties to an individual on raceday, you must ensure they are aware of their responsibilities in line with the Regulations, e.g. saddling or lodging an objection following a race.
Point-to-Point Owners do not need to register their colours officially unless the horse will be running on a licenced racecourse i.e. in Hunter Chases.
For any queries relating to Hunter Certificates, contact:
Weatherbys, Racing Services Department
01933 440077 - [email protected]
4. Now your horse is registered you can CHOOSE A RACE to ENTER
A full list of scheduled Point-to-Point races and their conditions are available in The Planner which is available to purchase by visiting the Shop page of the website or by calling the Point-to-Point Racing Company on 01933 304795. It also includes useful information for owners including National Championships and an abridged version of the regulations.
Please keep an eye on the amended Planner Page supplement that is updated throughout the season with any changes to the published planner.
When your horse's Hunter Certificate has been registered you will receive a confirmation letter which contains details on how to log onto the on-line entries system. You can enter all races through this system, or by contacting the receiver of entries as stated in The Planner.
There are eight types of race in Point-to-Pointing. Definitions for these can be found here.
5. What to expect on the day
Once you've entered your horse you'll receive a letter from the course along with your passes explaining what to expect. Every Point-to-Point course is entirely unique so you won't have the same experience at any two courses.
If you are travelling your horse yourself, don't forget the passport and check the vaccinations are all in order well before running.
Once you arrive at the course you may want to;
- Find your keeper/horse and make sure all is OK
- Walk the course to check the going is suitable
- Check the rider has arrived – make sure they are happy and have walked the course themselves
- Check other declarations for your race in the secretaries tent
Either the Owner or the 'Authorised Agent' must declare the horse at least 45 minutes before the race. To fill out the declaration form you need to know the name of the race, name of the horse, name of the rider, any applicable Club membership details, items such as tongue ties/blinkers etc. You also need to make sure you declare the correct weight, and colours, and state any allowances or penalties that the horse should be carrying.
Now it's time to enjoy the racing until it's time to get ready for your race. Whoever is in charge of saddling up will need to meet the rider to pick up the saddle – remember it is the Owners' responsibility to ensure that the horse is carrying the correct weight.
Horses are due in the paddock at least 15 minutes before the race, so make sure you are there to watch your horse parade and meet the keeper (if you have one) and rider to talk tactics. Then it's time to watch the race!
The Winners Enclosure
Following a race, your horse may be selected for sampling by the BHA, for prohibited substances. The Veterinary Officer and Equine and Welfare Integrity Officer will make themselves known to you and they will take you (or your authorised agent) through the procedure for taking a blood sample from the horse.
Please click here for more information on prohibited substances and detection times.
The PPA's Horse Sponsorship Scheme enables owners to receive sponsorship from a business in return for advertising. Once registered a sponsor's name will appear in the racecard whenever the horse is entered and logos can be placed on the paddock sheet, across the chest and neck of the owners colours and on horse attendant's clothing.
Set sponsorship amounts of a minimum of £150 per horse and maximum of £950 are in place which should be paid directly to the owner. There is a registration fee of £55.20 which can be paid with the Hunter Certificate or afterwards via the HSS1 form.
Full details of the scheme can be found here;
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the PPA who will be happy to help - 01793 781990 - [email protected]
Eligibility for 2019-20 (provisional)
DEFRA Change of Ownership - click here to register online
Horse Sponsorship Scheme