Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt Point to Point-Vale Country Fair with Point to Point

Point to Point

Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt Point to Point

Sunday, 15th April 2018

The sport of steeplechasing started over 250 years ago and was originated by hunting men who raced their hunters over natural country from “Point-to-Point” or from one steeple to the next as by keeping the steeple of the church in sight riders could see their finishing point. During the 19th century, steeplechasing became more sophisticated with enclosed courses, and the sport has continued to evolve and improve into what it is today.

The Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt Point to Point has 7 races, starting from 2.00pm .and is a day aimed at novice riders, which means the jockey cannot have ridden more than 3 winners.  The exceptions to this are the Members Race and the Maiden that are open to all jockeys. Whether coming as a spectator or take part the CVFH Point to Point is not one to be missed! 


                                                    Andoversford Course  

                                   First Race                     2.00pm

                                   Course Length:             Just over 2 Circuits

                                   Total Fences                 19

Fences are well built and despite the undulating nature the course tends to suit short runners.

This right-handed, well kept course opened in 1960. The mid-week meetings at that time used to attract some of the best horses and riders in the country and visitors from all points of the compass.

The start of the course is situated at the entrance to the home straight. There is a short run to the first fence before the field races past the winning post to negotiate the second fence and take a slight rise to fence three, which is situated at the highest part of the course.

Finishing Straight

The runners then race right handed down a steady incline and back up again to meet fence four (open ditch) before racing right handed to meet a line of four downhill fences in the back straight (five/six/seven and eight). Fence eight is situated at the lowest part of the course (which can get soft in wet weather).



Car parking is available on both the inside and outside of course. It is possible to see the entire course from the highest point - best from inside of course with superb view of run from three out to last.