Welcome to the website of The Horserace Writers and Photographers Association.

We hope that members will find the site useful whether you are looking for dates and links to help with Festival accreditation, keeping up to date with issues that affect your working day around the racecourses, or maybe just checking on your tipping competition scores. Please check the site regularly, as updates will be placed here long before you receive a newsletter! Any racecourses or members with information or announcements regarding media issues that they think would be of benefit to the HWPA's membership should contact a committee member. Non-members can apply to join the association by downloading a form from within the site. Thank you.

HWPA NEWSLETTER – the first from new President, Marcus Townend, May 5, 2017

Posted by HWPA on May 9, 2017  |   No Comments »

From Marcus Townend, May 5, 2017
A few weeks have passed since I accepted the Presidency of the HWPA at the annual AGM at Aintree and, while this is hardly grand enough to be called a newsletter, I thought it appropriate that an initial letter be sent out to members.

But it would be wrong to start looking to the future without first putting on record the Association’s thanks to Steven Cargill for all his hard work during five years at the helm.

Much of what Steven did went on behind the scenes and will have fallen into the thankless task basket. But I know how hard he worked and the time he devoted to his role.

I hope that Steven will now be able to look forward to the benefits of being a member of the HWPA.

The media landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The decline of newspapers has been countered by the rise of websites and social media.

The challenge for the HWPA is to remain a relevant organisation to its members and make sure it is a trade body that writers and photographers still feel is worthwhile joining.

Ultimately, we represent you, be that in general discussions with racecourses or trade bodies or with individual issues.

Any issues with Press Rooms that you feel need addressing should be reported to anyone on the committee. Our names are all on the HWPA website.

The HWPA has its first committee meeting of the year at York’s Dante meeting. I hope to let you know more about our plans and the issues we potentially face in the light of that meeting.

Marcus

Annual Tipping Competition
I am delighted to announce that RaceBets have agreed to back the annual Tipping Competition again this year. Their backing is generous and gratefully received.

HWPA member Will Lefevre has also kindly agreed to help co-ordinate this year’s competition.

Details will be announced shortly but, as in 2016, the aim is to launch the competition at Epsom’s Derby Meeting next month.

It seems logical to try to keep the competition within a calendar year. So I propose that the 2017 competition will be concluded just before this year’s annual lunch in December.

This will allow us to start the 2018 competition earlier in the New Year.

It will be also mean slightly less rounds to this year’s competition but, providing we get plenty of entries, allow us to pay out bigger prizes.

Full details will hopefully be confirmed shortly.

New Haydock Press Room
Following the annual space issues with the Press Room at Haydock for November’s Betfair Chase meeting, the team there have delivered on their promise to extend and modernise the facility.

They have also decided to name the new Press Room in honour of our former Vice President Ray Gilpin and it will open on Saturday 27 May at noon.

Annual Golf Tournament
Dan Abraham is once again organising the HWPA’s annual golf tournament at Goodwood. Monday 31 July is the date for your diary if you fancy playing. Details to follow.

WHO IS WHO AT THE HWPA

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NEW HWPA COMMITTEE FROM APRIL 2017

President: Marcus Townend

Vice President: David Cleary

Treasurer: Jan Green

Membership Secretary: Dan Abraham

Committee Members: Graham Clark, Graham Dench, Will Hayler, Martin Kelly, Steve Payne, Louise Pollard, Mark Popham, Tom Peacock, David Carr

Second leg of HWPA Tipping Competition begins at Royal Ascot on Tuesday

Posted by HWPA on June 16, 2017  |   No Comments »

The winner of the first round of the HWPA tipping competition, supported by RaceBets, and staged over the two-day Epsom Derby meeting  was Andy Mount with a profit  of £21.63.

Andy wins the first prize of £400 and takes an early lead in the annual competition.

Second place was taken by Paul Wheeler (+£7.68) and third by Michael Shinners (+£7.05). They win £150 and £50 respectively.

Competitors are reminded that the second leg of the HWPA Tipping competition begins at Royal Ascot on Tuesday and runs over the five days of the meeting.

 Entries should be submitted daily to Will Lefebve (willlefebve@yahoo.co.uk) before the first race each day.

HWPA TIPPING COMPETITION 2017 – register now, deadline approaching

Posted by HWPA on May 24, 2017  |   No Comments »

2017 HWPA TIPPING COMPETITION

The 2017 Tipping Competition, once again generously backed by RaceBets, will get under way at the two-day Investec Derby Meeting (June 2 & 3) at Epsom Downs.

Joseph Burke, international spokesman for RaceBets, said: “RaceBets are delighted to continue our association with such a prestigious and popular competition for another year and look forward to another strong entry from the HWPA members.

“You can also check out the new RaceBets Blog for horse racing news, views and previews.”

This year’s competition will consist of SEVEN legs and ALL legs will count to the final profit/loss total. Entry is £100 and that entry fee MUST be paid up front before the competition begins.

Any entries who have not paid after the first leg will be discarded.

Final prizes will be calculated when we know how many entrants we have but a minimum prize for the overall winner of £1,000 is guaranteed with each individual leg winner guaranteed a minimum £250.

Hopefully, these sums will rise considerably.

The winning cheque will be presented at the HWPA Annual Lunch on Monday 4 December.

Will Lefebve has kindly agreed to administrate this year’s competition.

 

The seven legs are:

Investec Derby Meeting (2 days) – June 2 & 3

Royal Ascot (5 days) – June 20-24

Newmarket July (3 days) – July 13-15

Glorious Goodwood (5 days) – August 1-5

Doncaster St Leger (4 days) – September 13-16

Ascot Champions day (1 day) – October 21

Cheltenham Open Meeting (3 days) – November 17-19

 

HOW TO PAY

Tipsters can pay for the tipping competition by cheque for £100 to Horserace Writers Association, Parr Green Cottage, Shocklach, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 7BJ

But preferably pay by internet banking to the HWPA account number; 80078751 and sort code; 20-59-14

 

RULES

1 Entries should be emailed to: willlefebve@yahoo.co.uk each day before the first race of each leg. Late entries will be counted as losers.

2 All legs count to final total

3 In the event of a selection being a Non-Runner, your selection will revert to the SP favourite. In the case of Joint-Favs, the selection will be the horse whose name starts with the earliest letter in the alphabet.

4 Failure to enter will result in selections being counted as losers.

5 You will receive an email reminder 24 hours before each competition.

6 In the event of a dispute, the HWPA Committee’s decision is final

Summer Membership Offer launched by HWPA on May 18, 2017

Posted by HWPA on May 18, 2017  |   No Comments »
Summer Membership Offer launched today by HWPA
 
Do you work in horserace media?
If so, you are encouraged to strengthen the membership base of the Horserace Writers’ & Photographers’ Association, via our Festivals Meeting offer, launched today (May 18), which will ensure we have a thoroughly robust membership to represent our views.
Throughout the Summer Festival period, from May to September 2017, applications from new members are offered at the special price of £20, covering the period to January 31, 2018.  The relevant application form is below.
Any existing members are reminded that annual subscriptions of £25, covering the full year, were due back in February 2017!
Retired members have their own subscription rate of £10 per annum.
As media coverage of horseracing continues to evolve, in response to ongoing advances in technology and the explosion of social media, it remains a priority to be confident that the interests of individuals working in the sector have a strong Association to provide central representation.
The Association’s President Marcus Townend said: “We need to ensure those benefitting from the work of the Association have an opportunity to join our ranks. Membership provides a forum for views to be taken forward within the sector and contribute towards enhancing facilities for everyone working in horserace media.”
The HWPA was formed back in April, 1927 and was refreshed in 1967. The Association is managed by a committee of 12, who are drawn from the current membership and their election forms part of the Annual General Meeting held every year at Aintree Racecourse on Grand National Day.
Principally, the HWPA acts as the liaison between the Racecourse Association (RCA) and the horseracing media to provide the best possible media centres at all UK racecourses for bona-fide members of the media.
There is an annual awards lunch every December (Monday, December 4, 2017), hosted by the HWPA; a must-attend gig to celebrate best practice within our field.
Eligibility for the media awards is restricted to paid up members of the HWPA.
Additional details of activities undertaken by the Association are available on the website, please check out: www.hwpa.org.
                                                            
Horserace Writers & Photographers Association
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP – Festivals Meeting Offer
Valid until September 30, 2017
Name:
Address:
Postcode:
Tel:
Business:                                                      Home:
                              
Mobile:
e-mail:
Media:
Signed: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Please enrol me as a new member of the HWPA until February 1, 2018 (fractional year membership)
As we are media people, used to working electronically, the preferred payment method is on-line:
Account Name: Horserace Writers
Sort code:  20-59-14
Account No:  80078751
Please reference your £20 payment with:  Subs then your own name
 
Why not set up a bankers order for £25 from February 1, 2018?
The completed membership form, if paying on line, can be e-mailed to:  dan.pix@btinternet.com
Alternatively post a cheque for £20 payable to HWPA, together with the completed membership form to:
Dan Abraham, HWPA Membership, 28 Eagle Gardens, Bedford, MK41 7FE

ACCREDITATION REMINDER – INVESTEC DERBY CLOSES FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – ROYAL ASCOT OPEN

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The media accreditation process for the 2017 Investec Derby Festial closes this Friday 12 May.

The link to apply for those who have not already done so is here – https://secure.sportssystems.com/events2/?eventKey=1db94b73-64f8-4c34-a3f7-29f24f95740f

The application process for Royal Ascot is now also open. Link available here – http://www.ascot.co.uk/press/

HWPA RaceBets Tipping Final Result

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Enter your CHELTENHAM selections here

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Final Round

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2017 Membership

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2016 HWPA Derby Awards THE WINNERS

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