Riders Qualification Certificate (RQC)
All riders must have an RQC for the current year before they can ride in Point-to-Points. The RQC is proof that riders are qualified to ride in Point-to-Points. The PPA holds an insurance policy that provides liability insurance for jockeys whilst participating in Point to Points and completing their Rider Assessment. A separate Personal Accident insurance policy is also in force for jockeys from weigh out to weigh in. Further details can be obtained by calling our insurance brokers Howden Insurance Brokers on 020 7133 1387.
In order to apply for a 2020/21 Riders Qualification Certificate (RQC) you will need to download the following:
- 2020/21 Riders Qualification Certificate (RQC) Application Form - inclusive of a Declaration of Health*
*Required for ALL applicants (please note that the form can be filled in electronically, but you must first download the file before completing, and then save your changes before submission)
All riders falling into the following categories will also be required to submit a completed medical form before a certificate is issued:
- All first time applicants
- Every 5 years there on in
- Applicants who, on 24th October 2020, are aged 55 or over – or who reach 55 before 30th June 2021 – will require an ANNUAL medical
Please note: In addition to the above categories, applicants may be required to submit subsequent Medical Forms at the discretion of the BHA Chief Medical Adviser / PPA Senior Medical Officer and in consideration of their medical history.
Once you have completed the paperwork you should contact the relevant person in the Hunt with whom you qualified. Every Hunt which has "Confined Hunt" Status and who can therefore issue paperwork relating to Riders has supplied two signatures that will be accepted by the PPA. Any signature that does not match what we have on file cannot be accepted, and your application will be returned.
Details of the signatories for each Hunt are listed in the downloadable document below with contact numbers as and where permission has been given to advertise them.
New Riders Assessment
From the 2018/19 Point-to-Point season, it has been a requirement for new Riders – and those who have not ridden in a race over hurdles or fences for five years or more – to meet with a PPA-approved, Level 3 BHA Jockey Coach during the process of applying for a Riders Qualification Certificate (RQC). This can be done at several recognised training days (see below) throughout the country (£30 fee which is refundable upon application for RQC), or arranged locally with your Jockey Coach on a one-on-one basis (one-on-one sessions will be chargeable). For a comprehensive guide to the process please click the link below:
All paperwork, including that relating to the Medical part of the application, should be returned to the PPA.
The PPA Medical Advisor will assess the medical part of your application. Anything they have concerns about will be referred to the BHA Chief Medical Advisor and you will be informed accordingly.
Riders should allow at least ten working days for their licence to be processed. If there is a problem with your application or further information is required the process may take considerably longer.
To avoid disappointment, we encourage Riders to apply in good time.
Following medical clearance, a successful assessment and payment being received, your RQC will be issued.
Please ensure you put the correct postage on your application when returning it. Fines for underpaid postage will not be paid by the PPA and therefore your application will not be delivered.
Riders Sponsorship Scheme
In order to register a sponsorship you will need to download the following:
By reading a) and b) you should be familiar with all that is required.
If a sponsor is forthcoming you will need to complete both the RSS1 Form and the RSS Agreement Form returning them both to the PPA and pay the sponsorship money either by cheque or via BACS so the sponsorship can be formally registered. If something needs further clarification you will be contacted via email (preferable) or telephone.
Once the registration has been confirmed you can order the necessary racing kit via the RSS Order Form which again must be returned to the PPA to be processed.
If you wish to use some of your sponsorship funds to cover the cost of your RQC / medical (if you require one) you will need to highlight the necessary box on the RQC application form and / or provide a receipt from your GP relating to the medical you had with them along with the bank details you wish the money to be paid to.
All of the forms can be downloaded and emailed or posted to the PPA.
Should you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact the PPA who will be happy to help - 01793 781990 - [email protected]
Need to Know:
Riders Sponsorship Scheme: