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13th May - Bumper line up for the 2014 Dodson & Horrell Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association (PPORA) Novice Riders Series Final at Knutsford Races Club, Tabley, Cheshire

Dodson & Horrell will be hosting the final of the Dodson & Horrell Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association (PPORA) Novice Riders Series at The Knutsford Races Club at Tabley, Cheshire on Sunday 18 May 2014. This Series marks Dodson & Horrell’s 27th year of sponsorship making it the UK's longest National supporter of point-to-point racing.

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 – made up of twenty-two races at Point-to-Point courses across the country.  Over the years Dodson & Horrell has sponsored around 640 Point-to-Point races and trainers such as Evan Williams from Wales, the extremely successful David Pipe from Somerset and, of course, the renowned Henrietta Knight all started their training careers in the sport of point-to-pointing.   The Series focuses on the up-and-coming riders in the sport.  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”.

This year the race will be made all the more interesting as Megan Nicholls, daughter of leading National Hunt Trainer Paul Nicholls,  will be riding the nine year old bay gelding Join Together, trained by Bruton based Mrs Rose Loxton and owned by Mrs Wendy Fogg.  Megan was delighted with her win at the West Somerset Vale Point-to-Point and commented afterwards:  “He can be a bit tricky, but today he really enjoyed his racing and gave me a brilliant ride.”  There will be much anticipation to see if Megan is about to embark on an illustrious racing career, following in her father footsteps.

Chris Gordon, Technical Director at Dodson & Horrell who is attending the Final said:  “I am really looking forward to the culmination of this exciting Series which we are thrilled to be associated with.  The Final is not only a great day out but also allows us to meet many of our core customers which is hugely valuable to us. The point-to-point series is a great opportunity to give something back to the sport and demonstrates our support for the countryside and the heritage of the sport.  The PPORA is a fantastic organisation to work with and the bumper crowds we have seen this year is testament to that.   This season has seen many challenges – not least the weather – and the £1000 prize money will be well deserved by the winner – it should be an exciting final.”