Information for Riders

All the necessary paperwork to apply to ride in a Point-to-Point race is available in the Downloads section. You may also be interested in reading a guide for Point-to-Point Riders produced by the BHA: In The Saddle - the BHA's guide for Point-to-Point Riders

Riders Qualification Certificate

All riders must have an RQC for the current year before they can ride in Point-to-Points. The RQC is proof that riders are qualified to ride in Point-to-Points and that they have paid the premium of the mandatory Point-to-Point Riders Insurance Scheme.

In order to apply for a 2016/17 Riders Qualification Certificate (RQC) you will need to download the following:

Categories of applicant that will need to submit a 4-page Medical Form that has been completed by their registered General Practitioner (GP) are:

  • All first time riders must have a medical unless you have applied for a Category A / B license under Rules or already hold one and have had the medical prior to applying for that
  • All riders whose last medical was completed 5 years ago or more - a new four-page medical must be completed every 5 years until the age of 55
  • Applicants who, on 26th November 2016, are aged 55 or over - or who reach 55 before 30th June 2017 - will require an annual four-page medical
  • Applicants who, on 26th November 2016 are aged 60 or over - or who reach 60 before 30th June 2017 - will require an annual four-page medical and the results of a recent exercise stress test

Please note: In addition to the above categories, applicants may be required to submit subsequent 4-page Medical Forms at the discretion of the BHA Chief Medical Adviser / PPA Senior Medical Officer and in consideration of their medical history.

Once you have completed the paperwork you must contact the relevant person in the Hunt with whom you qualified. Every Hunt which has "Confined Hunt" Status and who can therefore issue paperwork relating to Riders has supplied two signatures that will be accepted by the PPA. Any signature that does not match what we have on file will not be accepted, your application will be returned and the matter will be looked into with possible disciplinary action by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) if required.

Details of the signatories for each Hunt are listed in the downloadable document below with contact numbers as and where permission has been given to advertise them.

MEDICAL CLEARANCE

Please note all paperwork, including that relating to the Medical part of the application, must be returned to the PPA.

The PPA Senior Doctor will be assessing the medical part of your application. Anything they have concerns about will be referred to the BHA Chief Medical Advisor and you will be informed accordingly.

Riders should allow at least seven days for their licence to be processed. If there is a problem with your application or further information is required the process may take considerably longer.

To avoid disappointment, we encourage Riders to apply in good time and pay by BACS as this ensures a more efficient turnaround of applications.

Following medical clearance and payment being received, the RQC will be issued.

Please ensure you put the correct postage on your application when returning it. Fines for underpaid postage will not be paid by the PPA and therefore your application will not be delivered.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the PPA who will be happy to help - 01793 781990 / [email protected]

Riders Sponsorship Scheme

In order to register a sponsorship you will need to download the following:

By reading a) and b) you should be familiar with all that is required.

If a sponsor is forthcoming you will need to complete both the RSS1 Form and the Sponsorship Agreement returning them both to the PPA and pay the sponsorship money either by cheque or via BACS so the sponsorship can be formally registered. If something needs further clarification you will be contacted via email (preferable) or telephone.

Once the registration has been confirmed you can order the necessary racing kit via the RSS Order Form which again must be returned to the PPA to be processed.

If you wish to use some of your sponsorship funds to cover the cost of your RQC / medical (if you require one) you will need to highlight the necessary box on the RQC application form and / or provide a receipt from your GP relating to the medical you had with them along with the bank details you wish the money to be paid to.

All of the forms can be completed on your computer and emailed or posted to the PPA.

Should you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact the PPA who will be happy to help - 01793 781990 / [email protected]