THE Wessex Point-to-Point Area's four Vixen Horsefeeds-sponsored awards will be presented at a summer party on Saturday, 21st July, at a new venue, The George Albert Hotel between Yeovil and Dorchester.
Leading gentleman rider is Cornishman Will Biddick, the National champion, many of whose 42 winners have been for West Dorset trainer Richard Barber. Wessex Area runners-up are Darren Edwards, who had a fine partnership with Coombe Hill, and Jack Barber, who came close to Cheltenham Festival glory on 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. Runners up were the 2010/11 National Ladies Champion Gina Andrews and Jo Buck, who was in contention for the National title until breaking her ankle in early May.
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 on Tracy Williams' Celtic Rambler, triumphed in the two Badbury Rings/Milborne St Andrew awards – the Dick & Sue Woodhouse Memorial Cup and the Eric Dymott Novice Riders Trophy.
Hazel Goody from the Isle of Wight is the 2012 Wessex Area leading owner, with 33 points, with Quedillac, trained by Stuart Penny at Nyland. Runners up were Peter Maltby's Flanshan and Martin and Kathryn Peaty's Pastek. 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. There was a dead heat for Best Horse with Quedillac and Ray Geddes' According To John, both with 20 points. Best Jockey was Robbie Henderson (47), closely followed by Mark Wall (44) and Darren Edwards (38). Best Owner-Trainer was Sally Rawlins (17), of Figheldean. Runners-up were Carolyn Gorman (16) and Michael Hawker (14). Best Owner/Rider was Vicky Heal (10) and runner-up was Steve Montebello (7).
Details of the party from Sarah Barber on 01460 74943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.