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14th February - 27th year of Sponsorship for Dodson & Horrell in Point-to-Pointing
Dodson & Horrell, the UK's longest National supporter of point-to-point racing – now in their 27th year - have pledged to continue backing a series of races for novice riders which culminates in a prestigious series' final at the end of the season.
Dodson & Horrell first became involved in point-to-point racing at a local level in 1987 supporting the Oakley, the Pytchley and Woodland Pytchley Fixtures. The sponsorship has now extended to a nationwide series of races – The Dodson & Horrell Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association (PPORA) Novice Riders Series, made up of twenty-two races at Point-to-Point courses across the country. The series will once again culminate with the Final to be held at The Knutsford Races Club (formerly The North West Point-to-Point) at Tabley in Cheshire on Sunday 18th May 2014. Richard Burton, one of the most prolific point-to-point riders and Champion Jockey on numerous occasions plays a key role at the Final and ensures that all the riders and horses qualified are encouraged to attend.
Over the years Dodson & Horrell has sponsored around 640 Point-to-Point races and trainers such as Evan Williams from Wales, Richard Woollacott from Devon and, of course, the renowned Henrietta Knight started their training careers in the sport of point-to-pointing. The Series focuses on the up-and-coming riders in the sport and past winners include Rhys Flint and his mother Martine and Sam Twiston-Davies and his mother Kathy. Polly Gundry, Champion Lady Point-to-Point jockey for eight years commented, “Dodson & Horrell has played a big part in the profile of Point-to-Pointing and their continued contribution is valued by everyone. To win the Novice Riders Series is something that all the youngsters aim for and creates an ideal platform for their future experience in race riding”.
Sam Horrell, Dodson & Horrell Marketing Director said: “I am really looking forward to getting out there amongst our core customers - horse and dog owners. It’s a great opportunity to give something back to them and show our support for the countryside and the heritage of the sport. The PPORA is a fantastic organisation to work with and we hope we get bumper crowds of supporters at fixtures all around the country this season.”