Biddick and Mills take Wessex titles

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 June 2012

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The Wessex Point-to-Point Area’s four Vixen Horsefeeds-sponsored awards will be presented at the Summer Party on Saturday, July 21, to be held this year at a new venue, The George Albert Hotel between Yeovil and Dorchester.

Leading gentleman rider is Cornishman Will Biddick, who will also be crowned national champion when the season reaches its belated conclusion at Saturday’s rescheduled Torrington Farmers meeting at Umberleigh, Devon. Biddick has already ridden 42 winners nationally this season, many provided by Seaborough, Dorset, handler Richard Barber. Wessex Area runners-up are Darren Edwards, who struck up such a fine partnership with Coombe Hill, and Jack Barber, who came close to Cheltenham Festival glory aboard Christies’ Foxhunter runner-up Chapoturgeon.

Alice Mills wins the leading lady rider contest for the first time. Sally Hutchings’ Tropical Secret and Martin Pitchwood provided the foundation of her 26 points. The 2010/11 national ladies champion Gina Andrews and Jo Buck, who was bang in contention for this season’s national title until breaking her ankle in early May, filled the minor places.

Local rider Louis Muspratt, originally from Bere Regis, is leading novice rider after a close-run contest with Josh Newman, Martin Peaty and Charlotte Prichard. Muspratt, who won twice aboard Tracy Williams’ Celtic Rambler, triumphed in the two Badbury Rings/Milborne St Andrew awards – the Dick & Sue Woodhouse Memorial Challenge Cup and the Eric Dymott Novice Riders Trophy.

The Isle of Wight’s Hazel Goody is Wessex Area leading owner with her horse Quedillac, trained by Stuart Penny at Nyland, near Gillingham. Quedillac gained 33 points, followed by Peter Maltby’s Flanshan and Martin and Kathryn Peaty’s Pastek.

●Further information regarding the Summer Party from Sarah Barber on 01460 74943 or by emailing sarah@peckmoor.co.uk.

Wessex Point-to-Point Championships 2012

Sponsored by Vixen Horsefeeds

LEADING GENTLEMAN RIDER: 1 Will Biddick – 69 pts; 2 Darren Edwards – 47 pts; 3 Jack Barber – 42 pts.

LEADING LADY RIDER: 1 Alice Mills – 26 pts; 2 Gina Andrews – 17 pts; 3 Jo Buck – 16 pts

LEADING NOVICE RIDER: 1 Louis Muspratt – 16 pts; 2 Josh Newman – 15 pts; =3 Martin Peaty – 13 pts =3 Charlotte Prichard – 13 pts

LEADING OWNER: 1 Mrs Hazel Goody (Quedillac) – 33 pts ; 2 Mr Peter Maltby (Flanshan) – 28 pts; 3 Martin & Kathryn Peaty (Pastek) – 27 pts

Penny and Goody also teamed up to take two of the Larkhill Specialist Awards. Penny overtook Richard Barber as Best Trainer with 54 points to Barber’s 49 and Quedillac dead-heated with Ray Geddes’ According To John for Best Horse with 20 points. Best Jockey was Robbie Henderson with 47 points, closely followed by Mark Wall (44) and Darren Edwards (38). Best Owner-Trainer was Figheldean’s Sally Rawlins (17) whose Righteous Glory took third place in the horse award. Runners-up were Carolyn Gorman (16) and Michael Hawker (14). Vicky Heal (10) and Steve Montebello (7) filled the first two Best Owner/Rider places.

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