Middleton Point-to-Point race leaves North Yorkshire course after 85 years

Gazette & Herald: William Easterby with the Grimthorpe Gold Cup after he rode Monsieur Jourdain to victory  at Middleton Point to Point. William Easterby with the Grimthorpe Gold Cup after he rode Monsieur Jourdain to victory at Middleton Point to Point.

AN EQUINE event which has been part of North Yorkshire country life for decades was given an emotional send-off as it left its home of 85 years.

The Middleton Point-to-Point was held at Whitwell-on-the-Hill - regarded as one of the best courses in the country with a reputation for attracting top-quality entrants - for the final time on Sunday, and it will move to a new venue from next year.

Crowds gathered at the spectacular course overlooking the Ryedale countryside for the last races, which will next year be staged at racehorse trainer Mick Easterby's Sheriff Hutton yard.

Organisers said they were sad to leave their long-time home and are hoping they will take their supporters with them when the event moves down the A64.

Mr Easterby has already hosted one point-to-point this year in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and another will be held on Easter Monday in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund's Jack Berry House rehabilitation centre project in Malton, with admission being £10 for adults and under-12s getting in free.

He said: "When you have land, it is nice to share it with the public and I love to see them enjoying themselves."

In Pictures: Last Middleton Point-to-Point at Whitwell-on-the-Hill

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11:24am Tue 8 Apr 14

amike says...

Very sad to see it leave. this is one of the few point to point courses that is easily accessible by public transport. Sadly the event is not just moving 'up the A64' but several miles off it.
Very sad to see it leave. this is one of the few point to point courses that is easily accessible by public transport. Sadly the event is not just moving 'up the A64' but several miles off it. amike
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1:42pm Tue 8 Apr 14

twotonethomas says...

I assume that the owner of the traditional venue doesn't want associating with known criminals.

Hopefully the new venue not being as visible or accessible will hit this law breaking hunt financially.
I assume that the owner of the traditional venue doesn't want associating with known criminals. Hopefully the new venue not being as visible or accessible will hit this law breaking hunt financially. twotonethomas
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2:56pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Zebedee says...

twotonethomas wrote:
I assume that the owner of the traditional venue doesn't want associating with known criminals. Hopefully the new venue not being as visible or accessible will hit this law breaking hunt financially.
It's a point to point race - not a fox hunt. Are you trying to be controversial - or just plain thick?!!
[quote][p][bold]twotonethomas[/bold] wrote: I assume that the owner of the traditional venue doesn't want associating with known criminals. Hopefully the new venue not being as visible or accessible will hit this law breaking hunt financially.[/p][/quote]It's a point to point race - not a fox hunt. Are you trying to be controversial - or just plain thick?!! Zebedee
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4:37pm Tue 8 Apr 14

twotonethomas says...

Zebedee wrote:
twotonethomas wrote:
I assume that the owner of the traditional venue doesn't want associating with known criminals. Hopefully the new venue not being as visible or accessible will hit this law breaking hunt financially.
It's a point to point race - not a fox hunt. Are you trying to be controversial - or just plain thick?!!
It's the Middleton Hunt point to point, check that you know what you're talking about before spouting off.
[quote][p][bold]Zebedee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twotonethomas[/bold] wrote: I assume that the owner of the traditional venue doesn't want associating with known criminals. Hopefully the new venue not being as visible or accessible will hit this law breaking hunt financially.[/p][/quote]It's a point to point race - not a fox hunt. Are you trying to be controversial - or just plain thick?!![/p][/quote]It's the Middleton Hunt point to point, check that you know what you're talking about before spouting off. twotonethomas
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6:49pm Tue 8 Apr 14

AU55SEY says...

There is definitely a story behind this however I am not sure that twotonethomas is on to the right one...
There is definitely a story behind this however I am not sure that twotonethomas is on to the right one... AU55SEY
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10:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

twotonethomas says...

AU55SEY wrote:
There is definitely a story behind this however I am not sure that twotonethomas is on to the right one...
Has the huntsman been sha99ing the farmer's wife?
[quote][p][bold]AU55SEY[/bold] wrote: There is definitely a story behind this however I am not sure that twotonethomas is on to the right one...[/p][/quote]Has the huntsman been sha99ing the farmer's wife? twotonethomas
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10:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

twotonethomas says...

AU55SEY wrote:
There is definitely a story behind this however I am not sure that twotonethomas is on to the right one...
Has the huntsman been sha99ing the farmer's wife?
[quote][p][bold]AU55SEY[/bold] wrote: There is definitely a story behind this however I am not sure that twotonethomas is on to the right one...[/p][/quote]Has the huntsman been sha99ing the farmer's wife? twotonethomas
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10:27am Wed 9 Apr 14

mrcharly says...

Thomas is referring to the requirement for the horse owners to be associated with a pack of foxhounds (owner of, member of club or something similar).
Doesn't mean they actually hunt foxes with the pack.

Time for the archaic requirement to be removed, open up the sport of point-to-point to more people.
Thomas is referring to the requirement for the horse owners to be associated with a pack of foxhounds (owner of, member of club or something similar). Doesn't mean they actually hunt foxes with the pack. Time for the archaic requirement to be removed, open up the sport of point-to-point to more people. mrcharly
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