Entries open for the Hornby Challenge Ride

The Bon Coeur Hornby Challenge Ride offers an unique opportunity for riders to experience the thrill of tackling the Hornby Castle fences and has quickly become a popular attraction  at the Bedale Hunt Point to Point. Full details of the ride conditions are below.


Saturday  13th April 2019

The Course

The Challenge will take place over approximately one and a half circuits of the Point to Point Course covering around 1.9 miles over 10 fences, commencing at the far side of the course and finishing at the winning post on the second occasion of passing it, but omitting the open ditch.
The Optimum Time will be described as a “good steady hunting gallop”, and as a guide is set at Intermediate BE Eventing pace [550m per minute] . The optimum time is an important underpin parameter as this is the key differential, that this is a RIDE and not a Race.


Entries for the Hornby Challenge Ride will close on Monday 8th April  2019.

The Entries Secretary  is : Mrs J Furness, Knowle House, Kirby Knowle, Thirsk, YO72JB
e-mail : Johnfurness@btinternet.com
Entry Forms are available here.
Entry Fee is  £60.00 which will include a £15.00 donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Cheques should be made payable to The Bedale Hunt.

In the event of a withdrawal after 1st April 2019 , the entry fee will not be refunded.
The Runners will be confirmed and a Reserve Waiting List will be maintained, if oversubscribed.
It is essential to have a  completed entry form, signed by the local Hunt Secretary, along with the payment, with the Entries Sec by this date.

Time of race : around 5.00pm – after the last race.
Declare by: 3.00pm

Safety Factor : 16

Ride Conditions

For horses, geldings or mares which are 5 yo and over and which do not hold a current qualification certificate to run in point to points and are not in training to run in races under National Hunt rules or on the Flat in the current season. To be ridden by riders, aged 16 years and over, who do not hold a current certificate to ride in point to points, or a permit or licence to ride under National Hunt rules. Horses must have valid passports and up to date vaccinations.

Rider Qualification

Riders must be deemed “competent to ride” with a reference signed on their entry form by their local Hunt Secretary. The Ride Committee reserve the right to refuse an entry. Professional Jump Jockeys with a current certificate and Riders with a current Point To Point Certificate in the current season may not enter.

Body Protectors and Helmets in accordance with Point to Point Rules must be worn.
Dress for Riders will be either “Hunting Attire” or “Dressed for Racing”. Tack will be inspected in the paddock prior to racing by the Paddock Steward for safety and serviceability. Surcingles must be fitted and horses may not leave the Paddock without a surcingle.
Watches may NOT be worn or carried, including any stopwatches, timing devices, phones. No outside assistance regarding the time will be acceptable.

Weigh out: All riders must weigh out and concurrently pick up their number. A number cloth will be worn on the Horse.

Safety briefing: There will be a briefing for all Riders by the Chairman. The time of the Briefing and course walk will be advertised on Race Day at the Secretary’s tent. Failure to attend the briefing will mean disqualification unless prior permission has been granted.

Declarations: At the Secretary tent in the same manner for racing. Horse Passports must be presented and vaccinations will be checked. Failure to produce a valid passport with current vaccinations will result in disqualification prior to the Ride.

Balloting, if required, will be made by Ride Committee, made up of the P2P Chairman, P2P Secretary, and the Ride Chairman. Any disputes will be resolved by Ride Committee and their decision will be final.

The Chairman will ensure there is no conflict of interests within the Ride Committee and has the discretion to alter the composition if required.

The Winner

The winner will be the horse and rider who complete the course in a time closest to the optimum time.
The Optimum Time will be confirmed by the Chairman.

The Hornby Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the winner, and the Ride Challenge Cups will be awarded to the winning Gentleman and Lady Rider from the Bedale Hunt.
The Race Sponsor, Bon Coeur Fine Wines,  will  kindly provide prizes for the winners.

Feature Photo: Virgina Furness, winner of the Best Bedale Rider 2018. Copyright Nina Edminson Photography.

Video of the 2018 Hornby Challenge Cup Ride

Katherine Ford