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New Layout to Sinnington Point to Point Course for 2013
Removing vehicles and equipment after two of the out-door events, held at Duncombe Park in the wet summer of 2012, resulted in damage to the ground on the south side of the park.
One member of the point to point committee spent some considerable time power-harrowing and re-seeding the ground but once again the weather has been against us and the seed has not germinated properly.
An early meeting with the Jockey Club course inspector deemed part of the course not suitable to race on.
The point to point committee have worked with the course inspector and Duncombe Park to plan a new course layout.
This year the point to point will be on the same site but the course will be re aligned on the north side of the park.
This will mean that there are no concrete road crossings on the course, and all fences will still be up hill or on the level.
Good viewing will still be provided but spectators will not be allowed in the centre of the course.
The horse box park will be in the usual location and car parking will all be in the usual field, access to all parking zones will be via the concrete road through the wood on the south side of the course.
DAD Brydon MRCVS
Well known Yorkshire point-to-point enthusiast David (DAD) Brydon has died aged 95. Mr Brydon was a true point-to-pointer, who saw the positive in everything and will be very sadly missed by all in the Yorkshire area.
Mr. Brydon trained in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, at Doncaster and was then seconded to the Indian Army where he was in charge of a Veterinary hospital that looked after mules during the Burma campaign. After the war he set up his own practice at Boston Spa where his clients included the Dickinsons and he also performed a lifesaving operation on Show Jumper David Barker's Olympic horse, Franco, who was suffering from colic. He then took a change in career and became and organic farmer.
Mr. Brydon was a very keen horseman who hunted lots and rode in point-to-points. He bred a number of point-to-pointers, the most noteable of which was Final Chant, who won in excess of 26 races, including 6 hunter chases and also ran in the Cheltenham Foxhunters Chase. Regularly ridden by the late Howard Brown, Final Chant epitomised the team spirit that point-to-pointing is all about and Mr. Brydon, an honest and fair man relished the partnership between owner/trainer, horse and jockey. He was incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and hardworking, still riding out in his 80's.
His foundation mare was a horse called Chantfour which he was given when the Harewood stud closed down and she also bred Fourth Mark who was another from the line that was very successful between the flags.
He qualified his horses with the Staintondale and held a meet for them only three weeks ago. His most recent runner was Browns Beck, a grandson of Chantfour, who had a liking for firm ground and the Easingwold course.
Always willing to pass on his wisdom through knowledge gained from his hands on experience, Mr. Brydon was a true gentleman, kind, generous and always willing to lend a hand if he could.
Point-to-Point dinner leads to new Scales
The Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point dinner dance took place at York Racecourse on Saturday 27th October. In excess of 200 guests partied late into the night alongside the seasons' award winners who were presented with their prizes during the evening.
Jacqueline Coward took the White Rose Saddlery Ladies' Championship title for the sixth time – a record for the Yorkshire area. John Dawson took the honours for the Tennants Auctioneers gentlemen's equivalent, having finished runner up to his brother Chris twice he eventually managed to win this coveted title with a four timer on the last day of the season. John has now joined the professional ranks.
The Cundalls novice rider titles went to Jess Gillam and Harry Bannister, while Harry's uncle, Tom, took the leading owner award and the Northern Bookmakers Protection Association leading open horse award with My Old Piano. The best homebred award went to the Nellis' Alfoisin who is trained by Cherry Coward. Ride of the season went to Guy Brewer for his clever ride aboard Railway Park to peg back the 4/9 favourite Classinaglass just before the line at the Pendle Forest & Craven meeting at Heslaker.
Kirsty Burnell, organiser of the event said, "Once again the Yorkshire point-to-point fraternity has been out in force to let their hair down and celebrate their achievements before the hard work for the new season begins again."
Funds raised on the evening will be used to purchase a new set of scales for the weighing tents throughout Yorkshire.
The season starts on Sunday 13th January with the Yorkshire Are Point-to-Point Club meeting at Sheriff Hutton.