Horse Riding and Long distance Bridleways
Horse riders love north Herefordshire & Mortimer Country. There is a really outstanding network of bridleways linked with long stretches of forest tracks. "Bring your own horse" holidays" can be organised at many of the local accommodations - who can provide stabling, feed, fields and room for a horsebox. If you don't have your own horse, Pony treks through Mortimer Forest are available from North Farm Riding Stables 01584 872026, near Ludlow.
National Hunt racecourse at Ludlow - Britains's friendliest race course
Tradition has it that in the fourteenth century soldiers from Ludlow Castle came here to match their horses. There is certainly a record of racing in 1725.The course retains its strong Edwardian character and also a strong club atmosphere. Now a National Hunt course, jumping started in the mid-nineteenth century.
Racing take place 2 or three times a month Jan - April and October - December. Really good facilities & restaurant at the course.
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Brampton Bryan Point to Point at Brampton Bryan (April every year) run by the United Pack
Attracting up to 100 horses & riders, this exciting point to point horse race is set in the Teme Valley, North Herefordshire
Point-to-Pointing is amateur horseracing over fences, contested by horses who qualify for the races by learning their skills in the hunting field.
Horses running in Point-to-Points must be registered thoroughbreds.
Meetings can schedule up to seven races – this can change on the day. Typically they are run at 30-40 minute intervals.
How far are the races?
A 3m race is usually two circuits of a typical Point-to-Point course although there are one or two exceptions. Every course must have a minimum number of fences and at least two fences must have ditches (usually one fence that is jumped twice).
The course at Brampton Bryan (SY7 0JT) is situated between Leintwardine and Knighton on the A4113. Entrance to the course is £10 per person, under 16's free, and the price of a racecard has been dropped to £2.
The flag will drop to set the first runners off for their gallop across the beautiful riverside farmland at 1.30pm.
Contact for more details 01544 388489
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