The sport of steeplechasing started over 250 years ago and was originated by hunting men who raced their hunters over natural country from “Point-to-Point” or from one steeple to the next as by keeping the steeple of the church in sight riders could see their finishing point. During the 19th century, steeplechasing became more sophisticated with enclosed courses, and the sport has continued to evolve and improve into what it is today.
The Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt Point to Point has 7 races, starting from 2.00pm .and is a day aimed at novice riders, which means the jockey cannot have ridden more than 3 winners. The exceptions to this are the Members Race and the Maiden that are open to all jockeys. Whether coming as a spectator or take part the CVFH Point to Point is not one to be missed!
First Race 2.00pm
Course Length: Just over 2 Circuits
Total Fences 19
Fences are well built and despite the undulating nature the course tends to suit short runners.
This right-handed, well kept course opened in 1960. The mid-week meetings at that time used to attract some of the best horses and riders in the country and visitors from all points of the compass.
The start of the course is situated at the entrance to the home straight. There is a short run to the first fence before the field races past the winning post to negotiate the second fence and take a slight rise to fence three, which is situated at the highest part of the course.