The Bedale point to point took place in various locations in the hunt country before settling at Hornby Castle in 1947, including Hutton Hang (Danby), Atley Hill, and Thornborough.
The first edition at Hornby Castle took place on Wednesday 16th April, by kind permission of General W E Clutterbuck, whose family still welcome the point to point today.
There were five races in 1947, including a military race and a ladies race. At the time ladies were only able to ride in this one race, and not against the men.
The prize money for the Mens’ Open race was £20 to the winner, £10 to the second and £5 to the third, with an entry fee of £2. Today, the winner’s prize money is £700. Arthur Stephenson, who went on to become an outstanding National Hunt trainer, was among the jockeys in this race, although he did not win!
Other interesting names featuring on the first racecard include official veterinarian Donald Sinclair, made famous as the character Siegfried Farnon in the popular All Creatures Great and Small books and television series.
On 21st March 1914, when the point to point was held at Hutton Hang near Bedale, Major Foster Swetenham won the Military race for the fourth consecutive year aboard his charger Robert. The Major has the unfortunate distinction of being the first officer killed in action in World War I as he lost his life in Picardy in Northern France on 28th August 1914.
In this point to point in 1914, Swetenham beat fellow officer Captain John Eliot, 6th Earl of St Germans. Eliot survived the horrors of the war and was awarded the Military Cross, but he died in 1922, aged only 31, after a fall in a point to point in Devon.