What Is Point To Point Racing?

Point-to-Pointing is amateur horse racing over steeple chase fences, contested by horses who qualify for the races by learning their skills in the hunting field.  Horses running in point-to-points must be registered thoroughbreds, except in Hunt Members races..

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The horses have to obtain a hunter certificate from a Master of Foxhounds stating that they have hunted for at least four days in the season, whilst riders can only contest point-to-points once they have obtained a certificate from the point-to-point authority.

Horses start point-to-point racing at the age of four with many going on to bigger things into National Hunt racing.  Winners of three open point-to-point races can qualify for both the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunter.

5th-race_IMG_2236-(43)Most point-to-point races are run over three miles but one race here in Yorkshire is run over four miles, The Grimthorpe Cup, which is run at Whitwell on the Hill and attracts entries from many parts of the country.  Here in Yorkshire we have fifteen point-to-point race meetings with a further three raced over the border in Durham.

Point-to-Point racing attracts large crowds and is a great family day out in the Yorkshire countryside.

For more info on Yorkshire Point-to-Point racing please see www.pointingyorkshire.webs.com





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