Equestrian

Taunton host the Bathwick Tyres this coming Saturday (January 20) when the card boasts almost £79k in prize money and includes one Class 2 and two Class 3 events with the first race due off at 12.30pm, writes Richard Walsh.

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The organisers of the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (May 2 to 6) have a new host in the recently acceded 12th Duke of Beaufort, Harry Somerset.

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Taunton racegoers can gallop into the new year at the Orchard Portman course when they host the Love Musgrove Raceday on Tuesday (January 9), which carries a handsome prize fund of nearly £63k and the first of the seven races goes to post at 12.35pm, writes Richard Walsh.

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Point-to-Point horse-racing gets back on track in the area on Sunday (January 7) when The North Cornwall host their meeting at the popular venue of The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, writes Donna Harris.

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The first Cornish point-to-point of the season drew plenty of runners and a good-sized crowd to the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge, writes Granville Taylor.

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There’s an opportunity to start 2018 in style and experience all the excitement of a day at the races at Exeter Racecourse on New Year’s Day, writes Lucy Johnson.

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The point-to-point horseracing season is now well under way, and this coming Sunday (December 10) sees the first of three scheduled meetings to take place at the popular winter fixture course, The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.

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There’s a festive flavour to Wincanton’s race meeting this Thursday (December 7) with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts adding to seasonal celebrations, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Bicton Arena in East Devon has announced a roster of new sponsors for the 2018 season with April’s International competition and its July grassroots– both run under the British Eventing banner – already full. Long term partners have agreed to carry on their support and new sponsors coming on board, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Cheltenham’s big-race winner bred by Pikes, Splash Of Ginge’s victory in Saturday’s BetVictor Gold Cup was celebrated wildly on the course by owner John Neild and friends, and with a sense of pride at a house in Sidbury, writes Carl Evans.

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The Devon and Cornwall area hosted the start of the new British point-to-point season with the Bishops Court Racing Club fixture at Ottery St Mary, writes Granville Taylor.

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The wait is over for point-to-point enthusiast as the first meeting of the new season takes place at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary this coming Sunday (November 19), writes Donna Harris.

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Professional jockey, Nick Scholfield, donned a flight suit recently and put one of Dartmoor’s famous Clydesdales through its paces in preparation for Exeter Racecourse’s annual race that takes place on Sunday, November 26 in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance.

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The thrill of top class jump racing action will be on view for all to savour at Exeter Racecourse next Tuesday (November 7) when it stages its premier meeting of the season, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Exeter Racecourse’s season begins on October 12 with a new general manager at the helm, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Bridgwater’s Alex Bragg headed the Empire Coachbuilders CIC2* at Bicton Arena International Horse Trials riding Sally Ellicott’s 13-year-old Zagreb, writes Lucy Johnson.

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This coming weekend Sidmouth-based mother-and-daughter duo Mary and Emily King will be competing at The Festival of British Eventing presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) which takes place from Friday through to Sunday (August 4 to 6) at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire.

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A raft of eventing legends are heading to Bicton Arena International Horse Trials on August 18 to 20, headed by the doyenne of the sport Lucinda Green who has won a raft of individual and team medals and a record six Badminton Horse Trials, writes Lucy Johnson.

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The glorious parklands of Bicton Arena come under the spotlight during the second weekend of July (8-9) when its second British Eventing-affiliated horse trials take place, writes Lucy Johnson.

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The British point-to-point season comes to a close on Saturday (June 17) after six-and-a-half months with the traditional Torrington Farmers meeting at Umberleigh, North Devon, writes Granville Taylor.

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