Point-to-Point Academy proves an instant hit

5th May 2015 | News

The British Racing School’s first Point-to-Point Academy course was only completed earlier this month but it has already yielded a winner.


Two course participants recently rode in their first point-to-point races and while one was forced to pull up, the other, Fergus Gregory, celebrated his memorable first victory – at odds of 33/1 – aboard James Wyatt at Easingwold on Sunday, 26 April. The winning horse is now owned by Fergus and was found through course speaker and bloodstock agent, Matt Coleman.

Run over eight weekends and aimed at riders with no previous race-riding experience, the Point-to-Point Academy started in February 2015 at the British Racing School to enhance the existing one-day training courses available to amateurs.

“We already had a Pony Racing Academy for young riders at the British Racing School and we decided to build on this idea by formulating a course for those who wish to compete in point-to-points but lack race-riding experience,” said BRS Finance Director Andrew Braithwaite, who is himself an experienced point-to-point rider.

He added: “We are delighted that Fergus made it to the winner’s enclosure at the first attempt and his success demonstrates the accessibility of point to pointing and how supportive the point to point community are of those getting involved for the first time.”

Any riders interested in taking part in future courses can contact Andrew Braithwaite or Clare Kingston at the British Racing School via email or on 01638 665103.