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Horse and Pony racing at Lockinge - 2014

PUBLISHED: 14:53 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:52 16 March 2018

Lough Derg leading the field at last year's Charles Stanley Old Berks Point-to-Point at Lockinge. This year’s event takes place on Bank Holiday Easter Monday. Credit: Oliva Pile

Lough Derg leading the field at last year's Charles Stanley Old Berks Point-to-Point at Lockinge. This year's event takes place on Bank Holiday Easter Monday. Credit: Oliva Pile

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The Charles Stanley Old Berks Point-to-Point and Country day. Bank Holiday Easter Monday, 21st April 2014

Blink and you'll miss it! Pony racing will kick off the action at The Charles Stanley Old Berks Point-to-Point and Country day on Bank Holiday Easter MondayBlink and you'll miss it! Pony racing will kick off the action at The Charles Stanley Old Berks Point-to-Point and Country day on Bank Holiday Easter Monday

Visitors to this year’s annual Charles Stanley Old Berks Point-to-Point and Country day at Lockinge on Monday, 21 April will be treated to two pony races in addition to six further thoroughbred jump races. Plenty of Easter family entertainment off the track will also ensure that this year’s renewal will provide a bumper day for visitors.

Point-to-pointing is regarded as the grass roots of horseracing and has helped nurture the careers of numerous successful jockeys. Richard Dunwoody graduated through the point-to-point circuit as a young lad and went on to be crowned champion jump jockey three times in the professional ranks. However, with the introduction of pony racing, this initiative is providing new opportunities for children to gain race riding experience from a younger age in a controlled safe environment.

Pony Racing was introduced in the UK in 2004 and the sport is growing in popularity year on year, with the Pony Racing Authority (PRA), subsequently founded in 2007, currently at a growing membership of 250. In 2013 there were 83 point-to-point pony racing fixtures accommodating over 1000 runners. Now, there are over 100 grad’s experiencing life as fully fledged professional jockeys.

Names to watch on the current Pony Racing circuit and for the future and who may turn up at Lockinge on Easter Monday are: James Bowen, Jonjo O’Neil (Jnr), Lorcan Williams, Abby and Ella McCain, Tom Marquaind and Harry Cobden. Furthermore, many of the jockeys riding in the subsequent thoroughbred races are also likely to have graduated through pony racing.

Entertainment includes a hound parade, falconry display, pony racing and Easter Egg hunt. A variety of trade-stands including locally produced food will also feature.

The Point-to-Point is an important fundraiser for the Old Berks Hunt. The Hunt dates back to 1830 in its present form but the Hunt hosted its first race at the current Lockinge location in 1953, just a few weeks before the Queen’s Coronation and has become a local sporting and social institution ever since.

Gates open from 9am. Entertainment starts at 11.15am. Pony Racing 12.30pm. First Race: 2pm. Location: 2 miles South East of Wantage on B4494 (8m North West of Exit 13, M4) OX12 8PA

Entry on the gate: Cars £25. Priority parking £35. Dogs on leads welcome.

For more information visit: oldberkshunt.co.uk

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