History

Racing and horses have been central to Barbury for over 100 years, since Aubrey Hastings and then Ivor Anthony dominated the Flat & Jumps calendars in the first quarter of the C20th. Horses like Brown Jack (Champion Hurdle 1928), Morse Code (Cheltenham Gold Cup 1938), and Poet Prince (Gold Cup 1941) were all trained on the Barbury downs from stables in Wroughton.

Latterly, the Barbury torch has been carried by Mikey Heaton-Ellis, Clive Cox and Alan King. Alan, resident since 2002, has been in the top flight of British trainers for nearly 15 years after learning his trade with “the Duke”, David Nicholson.

Racing took place at Barbury until 1962 when the land was put into agricultural production. In 1992, the racecourse was re-opened and meetings have been added since to make Barbury one of the most frequented Point-to-Point courses in the UK.

Between 1995-2000, the estate staged the only timber race in the UK. The Marlborough Cup was very popular, often but not exclusively ridden by professional jockeys, but was discontinued at about the time that cross country racing emerged to become orthodox at Cheltenham.

Started in 2005, the Barbury International Horse Trials was awarded the highest level of International Eventing (CIC3*) in its first year and has grown to be one of the world's premier eventing competitions. Sponsored by St James's Place Wealth Management since 2007, Barbury now attracts 1,200 horses over 4 days and has been won by the world's best event riders from William Fox-Pitt through Pippa Funnell through to four time winner Andrew Nicholson. Barbury was part of the new and exciting Event Rider Masters Series in 2016.

 

Next Event

When?

Season Opener Sunday November 25th

First Race 12 noon

 

Where?

Barbury, 3m N of Marlborough, off A346, Jn 15 M4

 

Latest News

16-11-2018 08:01:02 in General by Admin
Barbury’s four steeplechase fixtures this winter are already well recognized to produce some archly competitive racing between the flags, with a number of last year’s graduates now progressing into the mainstream of professional racing. That trend is set to be re-inforced through two new awards for the 2018-19 season, which starts on Sunday November 25th. The Dubarry Leading Trai...

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26-10-2018 19:45:24 in General by Admin
Increased support from leading-brand companies is further endorsement of British point-to-pointing ahead of the new season which opens in November.At a sponsors’ gathering and season’s launch at Cheltenham today it was revealed that Skinner’s Pet Foods, which has a network of stockists around the UK, is backing 22 ladies’ open races. That is an increase of two, culmina...

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11-10-2018 18:22:15 in General by Admin
Fixture secretaries at Barbury have welcomed the appointment of Peter Wright as CEO of the Point-to-Point Authority following the release of the news last week.  Peter, who lives at Highworth near the PPA's offices, has been Secretary to the Combined Services Point-to-Point for many years, and brings a wealth of experience  of the sport over 35 years.  Peter said: “I’v...

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02-10-2018 19:46:05 in General by Admin
British Point-to-Pointing’s latest fixtures list reveals there will be 173 meetings at 100 locations around the United Kingdom in the coming season – and an increased emphasis on early-season meetings.  The release of the 2018/19 list, which was ratified by the British Horseracing Authority on Friday, confirms the earliest commencement to a British season will take place at the f...

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