ABOUT POLLY & ED
For Polly horses are in the blood, coming from a horse orientated family. Her mother Helen jumped around Badminton Horse trials but also rode successfully Dick Bainbridge’s ladies’ horses in point-to-points. Helen has also been a master of the Berkeley Hunt for 20+ years. Her father Robin hunted hounds in the South Dorset and Wynnstay counties.
Polly has a background in hunting, eventing and racing. Hunting with Berkeley, South Dorset, Duke of Beauforts’ and Wynnstay. She has had an extremely successful racing career as a champion lady jockey; Polly holds the record for the number of career wins, a highlight being reaching 300 when she won the Western ladies’ open on 12 March 2011.
Horses were also a part of family life for Ed, having been brought up surrounded by animals. His father ‘a farmer’and his mother had a livery yard and trained Point-to-pointers. His Grandfather Jack Walker also trained under permit.
Having gone to school at Winchcombe a stone’s throw from Cheltenham the home of NH Racing it was only natural that Ed was quite often “ill” on the day of the races!
He says “I always rode” starting in the North Cotswold pony club, which led to hunting with the North Cotswold hunt. He loved team chasing and won two National titles with the Odds and Sods. Ed has ridden 40 winning pointers, mainly in the West Midland Area and was the West Midlands Area men’s’ champion in 2004.
In 2006 Polly and Ed moved to Ottery St Mary, Devon and began training Point-to Pointers together. Starting with around 4 horses for point to points but after a couple of years Polly started training under “Rules”, so Ed took over the Pointers and the yard quickly grew in size and now holds 30+ horses. They have had over 200 winners since they started. They also found time to get married and have two gorgeous children, Daisy and Bertie.