North Cotswold Hunt
Point to Point
The ticketing site for Paxford Races is now live.
We're all looking forward to watching racing in the sun at the Paxford Point to Point on Easter Monday.
This year the entry price on the day will be £20 per person but if you book before 1/03/2024 it's only £12.50
It's dead easy to print your tickets off at home and whizz through the entry gates.
See you there on Easter Monday!
If you are having any problems purchasing your online tickets try these useful links:
Ticket resend link
Pointing west midlands website
Online tickets available now at £7.50 discount to full price
The course opened in 1997 thanks to the generosity of hunt stalwart Geoff Adams, and now continues by kind permission of Brian lewis and family. Itprovides an excellent days entertainment for the whole family, with good views of the race course, betting facilities, and picnic spaces. There are lots more entertainment too with Shetland Ppny racing, dog show, hound displays, trade stands, bars, food stalls, hospitality and children’s amusements.
Runners start with their back to the stream and jump one fence before taking a right-handed turn into home straight where they jump fence two. They race past the winning post to meet fence three before turning right handed and running slightly downhill where the course flattens out and the runners meet fences four, five and six. They disappear momentarily behind the rhubarb sheds before turning right-handed towards fences seven and eight. Immediately after fence eight they race briefly slightly right handed before straightening up and racing past the start to negotiate fence nine. There is a short run to the last fence from the final bend so it is crucial to get the inside line between penultimate and last fences.
The 1st Horse Race is at 1PM but if you get there nice and early you can see the Shetland Pony race at 12. This year's Jockeys are to be announced.
To whet your appetite here are some great video's taken at past Paxford Races:
Here are links to 3 Paxford specific videos
Easter Point-to-Points have their own unique atmosphere and if the weather is favourable the sports regular supporters are joined by a throng of once-a-year attendees who combine to make the North Cotswold Point-to-Point one of the best attended meetings in the country.
The North Cotswold held their first Point-to-Point in 1903 at Aston Hill, Aston Somerville, and had a number of homes in subsequent years at Gorse Hill, Broadway, Saintbury, Washbourne, Buckland Fields and Dumbleton before moving to Springhill where they stayed for the next 64 years. The meeting spent a couple of years at Andoversford as the new course was being developed before finally opening in 1997, so it celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2022.
That is testimony to the foresight of landowner and Hunt Stalwart Geoff Adams for the time and effort which went into the course’s creation.
It was no easy transformation with the land at Bank Farm, dissected by the Knee Brook so that was one major obstacle to overcome. The farm buildings used to house sheep during the lambing season were temporarily adapted to provide covered changing facilities for jockeys and a weighing room area. Under expert guidance the course was sown with suitable grass seed and that has proved beneficial over the last quarter of a century, and the courses potential has certainly been maximised.
The previous course at Springhill survived the test of time, but it was compact with plenty of twists and turns. It was however extremely popular so its replacement needed room for expansion and provide excellent viewing from all parts of the course. Paxford fulfils all those criteria.
link above to the Facebook page with lots of fun information.
link above to the instagram page with lots of fun images
Monday 1st April 2024
Paxford, Near Chipping Campden, GL55 6XS
Gates Open: 10.00am, Shetland Pony Racing at 12,
First Horse Race 1pm