THE BRIAN ARMSTRONG CHAMPION NOVICE HORSE AWARD
This perpetual Trophy is awarded to the Champion Novice Horse in the Wessex and West Midlands Point-to-Point Areas.
First awarded in 2019, it is presented (with a memento) at the Awards presention event in the winner’s Area.
The trophy perpetuates the former Western Daily Press Young Horse Award first awarded in the 1990s.
To be eligible to score points for this Award a horse:
- Must be qualified with a Hunt affiliated to the Wessex or West Midlands Areas
- Must have run in a Maiden race in the current Point-to-Point season.
Points can be scored in any Point-to-Point race or Hunter Chase in G.B. up to the close of the Wessex or West Midlands Point-to-Point season (whichever is the later).
Scoring: 10 points for 1st, and (except in Maiden Point-to-Point races) 6 points for 2nd, and 3 points for 3rd
In the case of a dead heat, the points for the particular position shall be added to that of the next position and divided equally between those involved.
Brian was born in Warwickshire on 23 May 1953, and died aged 62, succumbing to pancreatic cancer to which he gave no concession – a dedication that earned him universal respect.
A life-time devotee of Point-to-Pointing, he kept scrapbooks of pictures as a child before becoming a photographer in his own right. His photographs were first published In Hunter Chasers and Point-to-Pointers in 1992, and he quickly became a familiar sight on the racetrack with camera in hand.
In the new millennium he became the Wessex Area’s press officer, a role he shared with his wife Gill (who sadly died almost exactly a year after her husband in October 2016).
Brian’s career was in the naval defence industry but after concentrating full-time on racing he quickly became very well-known as Point-to-Point correspondent for Horse & Hound.
By nature a quiet and reserved man, he was most methodical and meticulous, and revelled in the minutiae of the sport. He built a formidable library in addition to his photographic archive and frequently swept the board in racing quizzes and competitions.