By Dan Walsh
The Covid-19 pandemic restrictions put an early end to the 2019-’20 point-to-point season where Wexford jockey and trainer, respectively, Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe retained their national championship titles, but there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of the Autumn Fixtures list and an earlier than usual start to the new season in September.
The following fixtures are planned locally;
September 27th; Bree Hunt Club at Monksgrange, Rathnure
October 18th; Shillelagh & District Hunt at Fairwood, Tinahely
October 24th; Island Hunt at Courtown
November 8th; Wexford Hunt at Knockmullen House, New Ross
November 15th; Wicklow Hunt at Fairwood, Tinahely
November 22nd; Killinick Harriers at Lingstown, Tomhaggard
November 29th; Carlow Farmers Hunt at Borris House
Dr. Jennifer Pugh, Senior Medical Officer, Irish Horse Racing Board said; “While there remains a degree of uncertainty surrounding the ongoing Corona virus pandemic worldwide, I am confident that we will be able to hold point-to-point fixtures as scheduled under our Government’s guidelines.
“Our sport lends itself to the principles of social distancing, being a non-contact sport, outdoors and with large sites available to use and we will endeavour to ensure Hunt Committees are supported to ensure a safe return of our sport,” she added.