Monday October 22, 2018
Pony racing

Pony racing gives young riders a fantastic opportunity to experience the thrill of a lifetime – either point-to-point (P2P) pony racing, at a Pony Club Race Day, or competing in the Charles Owen Racecourse Series on professional racetracks.

We are lucky in the Cotswold Vale to have a wealth of knowledge within the club, with the children of racing trainer families as members, and horse racing being one of our DC’s passions!  Several members are now riding professionally, having graduated from pony racing.  In 2016, Jamie Spencer was crowned West Midlands point-to-point pony racing champion in the 138cm & under category.

Pony racing is governed by the Pony Racing Authority – for P2P pony racing and the Charles Owen Racecourse Series – and Pony Club Race Days are governed by the Pony Club under separate rules. All pony races are over the ‘flat’ – there are no jumps! Height certificates, vaccination records and passports are needed for all races, and there are strict rules on permitted tack.

Pony racing is open to all members aged between 9 and 15, and ponies must by 148cm or under. As a minimum, members must have attended at least 4 working rallies to be able to race, and all entry forms must be countersigned by either DC Chris Dee or Sarah Glynn.  To race in P2P pony races or in the Charles Owen Racecourse Series, riders and ponies must be registered with the Pony Racing Authority, and approved as a combination to race.

It’s highly recommended that all riders take part in race training, with training days organised jointly by the PRA/PC. P2P pony races are held all over the country from February to June, with the Charles Owen Racecourse Series running from April to October. Pony Club Race Days take place between May to October.

On the plus side, riders can choose their own racing colours!

Please refer to the regular e-mail newsletter or the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt facebook page for training dates and competitions.

Training Sunday 23 September – please book via PRA website

** Any children interested in racing during this coming winter and 2019 can qualify at a Pony Club Training Day hosted at trainer Martin Keighley’s yard near Stow-on-the-Wold on 23 September.  The day consists of 3 sessions in the morning – one ridden and 2 dismounted.  Then the children will all have the opportunity to ride up our gallops in the afternoon.  The day will be taken by a Pony Club Instructor supported by a BHA Jockey Coach.  The aim of the day is to have fun whilst learning about pony racing. **

Team managers

Sophie Leech – Sophie is a trainer and her daughter Roisin is currently enjoying pony racing. Sophie is based Westbury-on-Severn, ideal for members Gloucester/Forest of Dean area

mob: 07775 874 630   email:

Belinda Keighley – Belinda works in racing alongside her trainer husband Martin, and has two young boys who can’t wait to have a go at pony racing!  Belinda is based nr Moreton-in-Marsh

mob: 07979694866 email:

Verity Green email

Supervising DC

Sarah Glynn