CROWDS poured into the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Point to Point races on Saturday for a fine day of racing, and the weather was a vast improvement on last year’s snowy event.
Although some of the races only had a few runners, with three in the Harwoods Philip Scouller Memorial Mens Open Race and the Jackson-Stops and Staff Ladies Open Race, the running was extremely close.
The races didn’t have photo finishes but the pairs were riding to the last yard, making only the judge on the finishing line able to call the results. Horses came to the Parham site, near Pulborough, from a wide variety of hunts from East Cornwall to Essex.
The going was ideal both for the horses and for the hundreds of visitors, enabling the first not to have to plough through the deep clay exhausting themselves and the latter to be able to drive in and out without the help of a tractor.
Apart from the seven races, there was a good number of varied stalls from vintage equestrian clothing to tack, and even puppies Grafton and Gretel were available for stroking.
The pony races started the day, with both races sponsored by Tilly’s Tackroom.
The races were won by ten-year-old Cosmo Ball riding Willow the Wisp against competition from 15-year-olds, and the second by Callum Shepherd on Rubyroo.