Dick Woodhouse (1929-1983), an owner-rider par excellence was among the sport’s most devoted supporters and exponents. A joint master of the Portman, he raced numerous top-class horses and twice won the Cheltenham Foxhunters, on Woodside Terrace in 1965 and Highworth in 1970 (the photo above shows Sue leading them in after that victory). He had his first ride in the very first race at the brand new Badbury Rings course on 26 March 1949 but would later range far from home to take on the best; he was a regular at the Melton meeting in Leicestershire and also rode in the Grand National and Welsh National.
He married Sue (nee Terry, 1929–2008) in 1952 and they were very much a double act. An excellent horsewoman she had started race-riding before Dick in 1947 and achieved most success with Dark Tapster (nine wins) before progressively leaving the riding to him. She was responsible for the feeding and training of their horses (and the mucking-out too). She had not ridden for nearly a decade prior to a swansong victory in the Portman Members in 1978. The Woodhouses are a well-known local brewing family and following Dick's untimely death Sue continued to breed and race her own horses, often named to honour the family business (Hops And Pops was the most successful) and she was a formidable Steward.
For the Leading Rider at Badbury Rings and Milborne St Andrew whose Riders Qualification Certificate is issued by a Hunt affiliated to the Wessex Area.
The presentation will be made at the Wessex Area Awards Evening
5 pts for 1st, 3 pts for 2nd and 1 pt for 3rd in all races at Badbury Rings and Milborne St Andrew.
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