Families are always looking for something to do during the holidays and this coming Easter Monday, Lydstep racecourse, just outside Tenby has a Point to Point meeting, providing the perfect day out for all the family.
Point to Pointing is amateur horse racing and has long been a tradition in South Pembrokeshire, the first races at Lydstep having been held in 1948.
The point to point course at Lydstep is one of the few courses where you can not only watch the racing, but enjoy the spectacular sea view, or look out over the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside. Thanks to the cooperation of the farmers, in recent weeks, the farmland has been turned into a racecourse, fences have been built and the ground prepared in order to provide the best possible conditions for the horses.
Local riders will be in the saddle again this year. Current and former Welsh Ladies Champions Charlotte Evans and Jodie Hughes are familiar faces at Lydstep. This year, they will be joined by several first season riders, one of whom is Emma Muscutt from Reynalton – sister of successful professional jockey Dan Muscutt. Second season rider, Lorcan Williams from Amroth is leading the National Novice Riders’ Championship. He is, however, based with Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls and may have to be elsewhere on Easter Monday. Another graduate of pony racing who will be riding on Easter Monday is James Bowen, son of National Hunt Trainer, Peter Bowen.
One familiar face who won’t be riding on Easter Monday is John Mathias, who retired from the saddle earlier this year due to injury. He and his wife Amber will, however, have plenty of runners from their Norchard Stables. Other local trainers, Nathan Deakin and Charlotte Evans will also be hoping to win some of the silver ware on offer on Easter Monday.
The two pony races complete the day’s excitement, and no doubt, will be fiercely contested by youngsters from all over Pembrokeshire and Wales. As well as being fun, this is the training ground for future jockeys like Lorcan. Making her debut in 2017 is South Pembs Pony Club member Cerys Crook from Landshipping.
The Committee is always very grateful for the support of local businesses and individuals who kindly offer sponsorship, without whom, it would not be possible to stage the meeting.
Bookmakers, as always will be in attendance, there will be on course catering and a licenced bar available, but if you’d like to bring your own that is no problem, picnics are very welcome. There will be a bouncy castle and bucking bull to entertain the young and “young at heart”.
Come along on Easter Monday and soak up the exciting atmosphere that goes with a day at the races. A further meeting is planned at Lydstep this year – on Sunday 24th April, so plenty of opportunity to enjoy the thrills and spills of racing right on your doorstep this spring.
The course is easily found along the A4139 with SA70 7SG for the Sat Nav.
Admission is £10 per car and driver, and £5.00 per head for additional passengers and pedestrians, and free for children. Should you require further information please contact Jan Mathias on 01834 871667.