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Bowen Brothers Sweep Charles Owen Pony Racing Finals

Thursday 12th September 2013

The 2013 Charles Owen Pony Racing Series Final was one for the history books. From thrilling starts to photo finishes, the 2013 edition of the finals were full of excitement and wonderful displays of horsemanship from the future top jockeys.

Held for the first time at the York Racecourse, the 24 jockeys and ponies had the opportunity to go head to head in front of 25,000 racing fans. Sunday 8th of September was also the York Family Raceday, the biggest Sunday race meeting in the UK.

The top 24 ponies that accumulated the most points throughout the 2013 Charles Owen Pony Racing Series qualified for the Finals with 12 competing in the 138 cm and 12 in the 148 cm.

The Pony Races were the first scheduled of the day kicking off at 1:00 PM with the parades of the 138 cm and the 148 cm. The action began right off in the starting area of the 138 cm race with two riders unfortunately taking tumbles in the early goings. The remaining 10 ponies then put in a great effort, with James Bowen's Push the Button winning easily.

James and his Thoroughbred/Welsh cross, Push the Button, were prolific winners of the Series this year earning first in nine of their eleven races and finishing second in the remaining. 12-year-old, James is the son of racehorse trainer Peter Bowen and his ambition is to leave school and become a professional jockey.

Sean Bowen and Megan Nicholls battle it out at the finish of the 148cm race.
The excitement in the 148cm race occurred at the finish line with Sean Bowen and Megan Nicholls battling it out in a photo finish aboard Cudlic Verona and Wotarisk respectively. Both jockeys and ponies stretched their necks out and fought for the win, but in the end Sean beat out last year's winner Megan to make it a clean sweep for the Bowen family. Watch the race here. 

Riding his Thoroughbred mare, Cudlic Verona, Sean had a great season, finishing in the top three of all six of his Series Races and winning four of them. Sean recently turned 16 and has already put in his application to become a professional jockey.

Wearing the maroon and yellow of their father's Peter Bowen Racing, the brothers truly made it a family day at the 2013 Charles Owen Pony Racing Finals.

"Charles Owen is so pleased with the result of this year's Charles Owen Pony Racing Series Finals," said Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen. "The jockeys and ponies were extraordinary this year, and I am just delighted to be able to support a program that is sure to produce the top jockeys of the future. Thanks to the Pony Racing Authority as well as York Racecourse for their hard work in ensuring the success of this Series."

All 24 of the Pony Racing Jockeys were fitted on site with brand new Charles Owen helmets, with most of the riders choosing the APM - the helmet designed with top jockey AP McCoy.

About the Charles Owen Pony Racing Series

Charles Owen has been an ardent supporter of Pony Racing since 2005. Pony Racing was formally introduced in Britain in 2004 with the aim of encouraging more young people to consider a career as a jockey. Since then, over 100 riders have graduated from Pony Racing and are now jockeys with many more also working within the horse racing industry. Pony Racing is for riders aged 9-15 and the PRA hosts races around the country for ponies and riders of all abilities - whether the jockeys are first timers or have years of experience. 

The Charles Owen Pony Racing Series is the top echelon of the sport, taking place on Racecourses before or after professional racing, 138 cm (medium ponies) and 148 cm (large ponies) races are staged each time with Ponies and Riders having qualified to compete. Fast, furious and competitive, Charles Owen Pony Races can easily be mistaken for being "the real thing." They take place between April and October with points accumulated for The Finals, which is the pinnacle of the Pony Racing season.

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