The Haydon Hunt and Border Hunt both stage their annual Point to Point Steeple Chase Races at Hexham Racecourse, where a point to point track runs around the inside of the National Hunt Racing track.
Point to Point is a form of amateur horse racing over jumps. The events are organised by hunts and run by volunteers from the hunt, all of whom give up a great deal of time in order for the fixtures to be a success. Point to point races are for horses who have qualified with a recognised hunt by attending on a certain number of occasions and for jockeys of an amateur status. Races are run over 3 miles and 19 fences will be jumped or sometimes over the shorter distance of 2 mile 4 furlongs when 14 fences will be jumped.
The point to point course at Hexham is on the inside of the National Hunt race track. The point to point track is left handed, undulating and provides runners with a steep climb, not as steep as the national hunt course, into the home straight.
Point to point racing first took place at Hexham in 1995 when the Haydon Hunt staged their inaugural fixture. Before this Dotland Park, Newbrough was the original home of the Haydon point to point, before moving to Limestone Bank, Chollerford and then to Corbridge in 1962.
The Border hunt raced at Downhills, Corbridge in 1992 before moving to Hexham in 2003. It is believed the Border raced
at Cornhill - on- Tweed in the 1930's.
Due to the tracks location both hunts and their spectators are able to take full advantage of the racecourse facilities, including the racecourse bars, canteens serving delicious home made savouries and cakes, hospitality suite and toilets. On course bookmakers are also present at each fixture so you can try your luck at picking the winner from the runners.
Excellent viewing of the point to point track and racing can be enjoyed from the racecourse facilities, which provide an amphitheatre amongst the picturesque scenery of the Hexhamshire, ideal for enjoying a day out with friends.