Summary: Amateur Horse and Pony Racing in the Cambridgeshire Countryside makes for a great day out and a pleasurable social occasionSeries: Anglia Region Point to Point30th March 2019, 1:00 pm-5:00 pmIndicative Stall Costs: £75 - £150: Catering Concessions 10%The Puckeridge Point to Point is an annual horse racing (steeplechase) meeting with the next event taking place on Saturday 30th March 2019 at Horseheath Racecourse, on the A406, four miles west of Haverhill (well signposted on race days). The point to point meeting has a seven race card and is accompanied by highly competitive pony racing. The first point to point race is at 1.30pm so a 1pm latest arrival is recommended. The Puckeridge Point to Point meeting at Horseheath attracts an affluent large crowd of mostly country dwellers, many of which keep horses at home and actively participate in country pursuits of all kinds. But is also a great family day out for people who just want to spend a pleasant and entertaining day out in the countryside. In addition to racing there are a number of children’s rides, and a shopping village sells countryside clothing, fashion, jewellery, pictures and interior design items and equestrian goods you will not normally find on the high street. Point to Points are amateur steeplechases (jumping races) which were traditionally organised by local hunts. But the ties to hunting have become somewhat more relaxed and now Point to Pointing has developed as a sport which has its own circuit of events and point to point races have become social as well as sporting occasions. Race meetings are well publicised in advance and a large attendance is guaranteed. Crowds are attracted to a colourful, informal event where they can rub shoulders with the participants and get up close to the action. Point to Points tend to be whole family days out (dogs on leads welcome). Despite the amateur nature of the sport, races are highly competitive and picking your favoured horses, placing a small bet — just £5 or £10 adds frisson and extra interest — and cheering your selection home is very much a feature of the afternoon. Whether you win or lose, a point to point is always a great day out and a fun occasion. Applications for tradestands and sponsorship are open for this event. Catering applications and specialist small bars still being accepted. Children’s rides and inflatables also welcome. Check Availability/Enquire about Trading About the Course at Horseheath Horseheath is a major point-to-point racecourse for Anglia Point to Point area and currently stages 3 meetings a year from February through until April. The course is located on the Thurlow estate and has staged point to point meetings for more than 40 years. There is good access to all car and lorry parks and multiple exits. The Main car park provides excellent viewing of the home straight and the rest of the course. Disabled parking is available with a viewing area and extra toilets are provided for disabled visitors. The horse is an undulating right-handed course which provides a stern test of stamina with a steady climb from before the third last to the winning post. The course offers excellent viewing and one of the finest sights in the sport when field gallops along the skyline in the back straight. About Point to Point Racing ‘Point to Point’ horse racing comprises a series of amateur steeplechase meetings which take place on countryside courses around the UK between November and June. Meetings take place both days over almost every weekend and on bank holidays. In the busiest parts of the season, broadly between January and May, several meetings will take place up and down the country on any one day over the weekend. Once organised by hunts to give an opportunity for members to race their best horses, Point to Points have grown to become major countryside social events attracting large crowds to each meeting. With the broadening of their appeal the quality of racing has improved. Most races are now graded by the horse’s previous racing form and riders are accomplished and horses schooled and trained to a high standard. Point to pointing attracts a horsey and countryside set which usually live locally to the meetings they attend. They are often knowledgeable and always enthusiastic. Equestrians intermingle with keen students of form and otherwise non-racing families who just want a pleasant, colourful and slightly unusual day out in the countryside. Much of the infrastructure of a professional racecourse is present at a point-to-point meeting but on a smaller scale. There will be a bar, catering and trade-stands. There will be a line of bookmakers; a paddock; a track which varies from venue to venue; a winning post and a winners enclosure; but they will all have been erected temporarily for the occasion. There is certainly no need to dress up, wellingtons are appropriate footwear for either gender. In many areas attending the local point-to-point is a pleasant annual ritual and an opportunity to meet and share a drink with neighbours and friends, have a small bet, buy a new hat, a picture or a piece of tack. Crowds are growing and events such as the Puckeridge meeting at Horseheath are now major events in the sporting calendar.