Andoversford Races back on form

Philip Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display.

Philip Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Andoversford Races, 2022

Andoversford Races, the premier point-to-point event in the Cotswolds, returned in April after having to take a long break; the first time they’ve raced since 2019.

The day’s packed programme starred the Robert Hitchins Group Andoversford Grand Annual Chase, a Men's Open race worth £1,000. Robert Hitchins has been title sponsor of the event for nearly 30 years, and welcomes friends and guests to enjoy the racing. The Races also partnered with the Cheltonian Society, drawing attention to Cheltenham College’s rich history of racing connections.

Also hugely popular on the day were the dog agility classes, a parade of the Cotswold Hunt hounds, and a tent-pegging display to showcase another equestrian discipline. With a public bar, food stalls with reasonable prices, and lots of shops to browse, on a fine sunny day, the races were fully back on form.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

A pony led in the ring before the races begin at Andoversford.

A pony led in the ring before the races begin at Andoversford. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Harry Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display.

Harry Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Philip Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display.

Philip Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Harry Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display.

Harry Pembridge, part of the tent pegging display. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Enjoying watching dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Enjoying watching dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Glyn and Graham Harris-Morgan, enjoying a tailgate picnic coupes of champagne.

Glyn and Graham Harris-Morgan, enjoying a tailgate picnic coupes of champagne. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Glyn and Graham Harris-Morgan, enjoying a tailgate picnic coupes of champagne.

Glyn and Graham Harris-Morgan, enjoying a tailgate picnic coupes of champagne. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Mel Spencer and Nathan Jones.

Mel Spencer and Nathan Jones. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Mel Spencer and Nathan Jones, with their new 4 week old baby, Arthur Jones.

Mel Spencer and Nathan Jones, with their new 4 week old baby, Arthur Jones. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Olivia Williams of the Cotswold Hunt, with a hunt hound she walked as a puppy.

Olivia Williams of the Cotswold Hunt, with a hunt hound she walked as a puppy. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions.

Dogs in action in the dog agility competitions. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Sophie and Sean Beveridge, with Beau and Herbert.

Sophie and Sean Beveridge, with Beau and Herbert. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Kara Stronstad with Beau, Bridget Rosser with Tate, and Jennifer Makkreel.

Kara Stronstad with Beau, Bridget Rosser with Tate, and Jennifer Makkreel. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Kara Stronstad, Bridget Rosser, and Jennifer Makkreel.

Kara Stronstad, Bridget Rosser, and Jennifer Makkreel. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Frank Smith, owner of Frank Smith & Co Solicitors, looking the part for a day at the races.

Frank Smith, owner of Frank Smith & Co Solicitors, looking the part for a day at the races. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Friends party in the back of a Landy.

Friends party in the back of a Landy. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Big Ted is a girl's best friend.

Big Ted is a girl's best friend. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Pete Welch, with Quo, his 5 year old collie, both delighted to win 2 firsts in dog agility, in doing

Pete Welch, with Quo, his 5 year old collie, both delighted to win 2 firsts in dog agility, in doing so going up to grade 5 in The Kennel Club ratings. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Pete Welch, with Quo, his 5 year old collie, both delighted to win 2 firsts in dog agility, in doing

Pete Welch, with Quo, his 5 year old collie, both delighted to win 2 firsts in dog agility, in doing so going up to grade 5 in The Kennel Club ratings. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Louise Taylor, Julie Kent MBE, and Martha Perry, 7, with dad Andrew (and his father's Morgan Plus 8

Louise Taylor, Julie Kent MBE, and Martha Perry, 7, with dad Andrew (and his father's Morgan Plus 8), on the Pied Piper Appeal stand. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Louise Taylor, Julie Kent MBE, and Martha Perry, 7, with dad Andrew (and his father's Morgan Plus 8

Louise Taylor, Julie Kent MBE, and Martha Perry, 7, with dad Andrew (and his father's Morgan Plus 8), on the Pied Piper Appeal stand. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Howard and Lynda Smith.

Howard and Lynda Smith. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Fashion designer Jade Holland-Cooper thought Nick Broady's Petersen Bentley Blower was "a work of ar

Fashion designer Jade Holland-Cooper thought Nick Broady's Petersen Bentley Blower was "a work of art", at the Pied Piper Appeal stand. Jade owns Holland Cooper clothing brand and is married to Julian Dunkerton, CEO of Superdry, while Nick is chairman of the Appeal, and MD of Avenue Cars. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Fashion designer Jade Holland-Cooper thought Nick Broady's Petersen Bentley Blower was "a work of ar

Fashion designer Jade Holland-Cooper thought Nick Broady's Petersen Bentley Blower was "a work of art", at the Pied Piper Appeal stand. Jade owns Holland Cooper clothing brand and is married to Julian Dunkerton, CEO of Superdry, while Nick is chairman of the Appeal, and MD of Avenue Cars. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Fashion designer Jade Holland-Cooper thought Nick Broady's Petersen Bentley Blower was "a work of ar

Fashion designer Jade Holland-Cooper thought Nick Broady's Petersen Bentley Blower was "a work of art", at the Pied Piper Appeal stand. Jade owns Holland Cooper clothing brand and is married to Julian Dunkerton, CEO of Superdry, while Nick is chairman of the Appeal, and MD of Avenue Cars. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Andrew and Alexandra Wilkinson's new 3 month old puppy, Cooper.

Andrew and Alexandra Wilkinson's new 3 month old puppy, Cooper. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Eleanor Blackford, Carol and Gaynor Foster, with Heidi.

Eleanor Blackford, Carol and Gaynor Foster, with Heidi. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Eleanor Blackford, Carol and Gaynor Foster, with Heidi.

Eleanor Blackford, Carol and Gaynor Foster, with Heidi. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Saul Barker and Mike Horton, both farriers, enjoying the day.

Saul Barker and Mike Horton, both farriers, enjoying the day. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Friends Molly MacGregor and Charlotte Brown.

Friends Molly MacGregor and Charlotte Brown. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Friends Molly MacGregor and Charlotte Brown.

Friends Molly MacGregor and Charlotte Brown. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Sophie and Sean Beveridge.

Sophie and Sean Beveridge. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Here and there around the race day...

Here and there around the race day... - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Race action.

Race action. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

A young jockey gets their reward from Dad after a pony race.

A young jockey gets their reward from Dad after a pony race. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Friends enjoying the sunny day at the races.

Friends enjoying the sunny day at the races. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

A horse gets a cooling bucket of water over their back, in the ring after a race.

A horse gets a cooling bucket of water over their back, in the ring after a race. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

A horse being led around the ring after a race.

A horse being led around the ring after a race. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Sunshine brought thousands to the races.

Sunshine brought thousands to the races. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Here and there around the race day...

Here and there around the race day... - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Here and there around the race day...

Here and there around the race day... - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Here and there around the race day...

Here and there around the race day... - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Here and there around the race day...

Here and there around the race day... - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Here and there around the race day...

Here and there around the race day... - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Here and there around the race day...

Here and there around the race day... - Credit: Thousand Word Media