THE popular Crawley and Horsham Point to Point races will be held at Parham, near Storrington, on Saturday March 24, for the sixtieth year.
The races have been held at Parham since 1953 and it has always proved a popular venue for point to point enthusiasts as well as families looking for a good day out. There is always a friendly atmosphere at the Parham point to point, which is organised by members of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt. All the racehorses that take part will have qualified by going out hunting with a local pack on at least four occasions during the past season.
The winner of the 1953 Members Race was Royal Blast, owned by Mrs W J How whose grandson, Toby, is still a very keen follower of the Crawley and Horsham hounds. There have been many changes since those early days, not least when the course controversially changed direction in 2009, a move that actually proved popular with jockeys and trainers.
It was also a great success with the public who can now enjoy the paddock, bookmakers, trade stands and fairground all on the same side of the track.
Another popular move was the introduction of Pony Racing in 2005 with many of the early riders going on to become regular point to point jockeys. Two young jockeys who are likely to be racing at this year’s Crawley and Horsham meeting are Gemma Cobb and George Gorman.
The meeting will start with two Pony races, one for small ponies and one for bigger ones, run under strict rules, before the first horse race at 1.45pm. The ever popular parade of the Crawley & Horsham hounds will also take place during the afternoon.
Car Parks: Public Car Park £10 per adult, Members Hill £10 per adult plus £10 per car, children under 16 free.
For more information, visit www.crawleyandhorshampoint2point.co.uk
See full preview on Equestrian Page, West Sussex Gazette, March 21