Join a Free Novice Riders Course Walk with Mark Bradburne at the PPORC P2P at Barbury Castle on 26th November 2017

  • Posted: Wednesday, 11th October 2017
  • Author: PPORA

The Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association and the Point-to-Point Authority have teamed up to offer ALL 2017/18 novice riders the opportunity to join an instructional course walk with former Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Mark Bradburne.

Why join a novice riders' course walk... it's a great chance to get guidance and insight from an experienced jockey and qualified coach.

Mark is helpful and friendly and will make it easy for you to ask any questions you might have. Feedback from Mark's previous training sessions are that riders find them helpful and fun.

For anyone riding in the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Novice Riders race it's a great opportunity to walk the course you will ride under the guidance of an experienced jockey, and to deal with any last minute nerves or questions – joining in might make a wining difference...

...what should you expect... course walks are relaxed and informal - it's not a lecture or a test, it is an opportunity to learn and to ask as many questions as you like - the more you put into this the bigger the benefit. Plus, it's a chance to get to know some of your fellow novice riders for the season...

...what's covered on the walk... a course walk will typically include:

  • pre-race procedures, your medical book and weighing out
  • an overview of the course from start to finish
  • guidance on starting procedure - including what's expected of you, and how to line up and jump off - depending on race strategy
  • fence skills - including the line to take and things to think about in the approach, over the fence and on the landing side
  • race positioning - where to be when and why
  • understanding markers and flags
  • riding a finish - balance and whip rules
  • post-race procedures, including unsaddling and weighing in

...and there's plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you might have... much does it cost... it's FREE for 2017/18 novice riders... I have to have an RQC or join the PPORA to join the walk... no, as it's early in the season there's no need to have already registered your RQQ to join Mark on the walk... I have to be a PPORA Rider Member to join the walk... no, as it's the first walk of the season we want to make this a free opportunity for all this season's novice riders.

We really hope you will join the PPORA and ride in some PPORA races this season. Remember if you are a first season novice rider you'll be eligible for FREE PPORA membership when you register your RQC.

You can find out more information about PPORA membership here:

Please remember you will need to be a PPORA member by declaration to ride in a PPORA race... do I sign up to join the course walk... it's easy - send us an email to [email protected] or call Maria on 01267 232105 - places are limited so we encourage you to pre-book, subject to places remaining available you may also be able to sign up on the day...

...arrangements on the day... the course walk will start at 10.30am and the assembly point will be in front of the Secretary's Tent...

...I can't make it to Barbury, will there be more course walks… yes, the Point-to-Point Authority and the PPORA are finalising a series of rider training events, including course walks and coaching sessions - keep a look out for announcements on the PPORA website and on social media...

...any questions... call or email Maria using the contact details above.