Notes on Schooling Races/SchoolingTrials

Gina Ellis falls from her horse during a schooling race

Garthorpe has just run a couple of very successful schooling races/trials at the end of the race day, and more may appear at future fixtures in the area. 

The Point-to-Point Authority treats Schooling Trials according to PPAGI 1- Race Framing Appendices 6 and 7.  In effect they are like Charity races/Hunt scurries, which need clearance from Inspectors and PPA, but with a few extra requirements. 

Some rule which will apply from now on:

  • These are not races – there will be no gambling, judges, commentary or results.
  • The Senior Steward must be informed and agree to them running – they are responsible on the day.
  • Number cloths need to be issued so officials can recognise who has fallen etc.
  • Riders cannot remount if they come off – its like a normal p2p race.
  • For those same reasons fence attendants have to remain in place.
  • The Safety Factor should be held at 2 below Maiden maximum and it must start at a wide fence.
  • Vets and doctors etc need to be in place.
  • If you are a multi-fixture course, consider providing fresh ground so if runners stop jumping the fences they generally still stay on the course.

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