Monday 24th March – First Race 1.00 pm – Paxford, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6XS
This Annual Event is held on the Bank Farm,Paxford Course, which opened in 1997, and features permanent buildings with changing rooms for jockeys and a weighing room. Car Parking is plentiful and the viewing is excellent. It is a very good day out with some excellent racing.
(Please note the earlier start time of the first race due to the clocks having not yet gone back)
Runners start with their back to the stream and jump fence one before taking a right-handed turn into the home straight where they jump fence two. They race past the winning post to meet fence three before turning right handed and running slightly downhill where the course flattens out and the runners meet fences four, five and six. They disappear momentarily behind the rhubard sheds before turning right-handed towards fences seven and eight. Immediately after fence eight they race briefly slightly right-handed before straightening up and racing past the start to negotiate fence nine. There is a short run to the last fence from the final bend so it is crucial to get the inside line between the penultimate and last fences. All races are run over three miles.
First Race 1.00 pm Members, Subscribers and Farmers
Second Race 1.45 pm Intermediate
Third Race 2.20 pm Ladies Open
Fourth Race 2.55 pm Mens Open
Fifth Race 3.30 pm Restricted
Sixth Race 4.05 pm 5/6/7 year old Open Maiden
Seventh Race 4.40 pm 8 Year old and over Open Maiden
There will also be a special event – The Tim Carter Memorial Trophy Hunt Challenge, sponsored by Wine Press.
Have you ever wanted to ride around a Point-to-Point Course? If the answer is Yes then you must have a go in this race. It is open to any rider from any hunt not holding a current jockey club rider’s certificate and horses not holding a Point-to-Point or National Hunt Certificate or in training in the current season.
Entry to the Course for members of the public is £20.00 per car (£10.00 single)
The North Cotswold Hunt has been described as “one of the most notable of the smaller Hunts”. The earliest record of foxhunting in the North Cotswolds dates back to 1772 when the area was part of the vast hunting ground of the Earls of Berkley. A link to this period survives in the distinctive primrose collar worn by Hunt members. In 1868 the North Cotswold Hunt was formed as a subscription pack, funded by local landowners and businessmen. The Earl of Coventry was the first Master and the source of the coronet on the Hunt button.
The Hunt’s country, which is centred on Broadway, covers some 250 square miles at the northern end of Gloucestershire and the southern corner of Worcestershire. The north country, which includes the beautiful rolling hills around Guiting and Kineton, is typical of the Cotswolds’ light land, while heavier pasture predominates in the Vale of Evesham.
Source: North Cotswold Hunt