Eric Dymott, a life-long ardent P-t-P fan, was in his time the leading P-t-P press correspondent in the Wessex Area. He reported variously for The Sporting Life, Racing Post, Horse & Hound, The Times, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Sporting Chronicle, Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, The Pointer, Hunterguide, the P-t-P Index and many local papers – just about everybody who would give the sport some coverage. He was not a professional journalist but worked nearly all his life in the ceramics industry as a tile salesman. He had a wonderful way with people, his friendly and unthreatening manner immediately winning everyone over – a useful asset when chasing a story in the winner’s enclosure. He was a great admirer of his near contemporary, Richard Miller, following him from his earliest rides, relishing every victory and sharing his joy when he became National Champion – not once but twice. It is appropriate that his trophy is awarded to those starting on a hopefully similar path from Badbury Rings (Eric’s closest and favourite course) and Milborne St Andrew. Among the past winners are Daryl Jacob and Tom O’Brien both now successful professional riders. Eric died the day after his 65th birthday on 20 July 2000.
‘Last Fence’, the perpetual trophy given by his family and friends and first awarded in 2002 is a bronze by Harriet Glen, the Dorchester-based sculptor and jewellery designer, with a cast horse’s head as a memento.
For the Leading Novice Rider at Badbury Rings and Milborne St Andrew
A Novice Rider will have ridden not more than five winners under the Rules of any recognised Racing Authority (P-t-Ps included) prior to the first meeting of the current P-t-P season.
(NB: This definition was changed for 2014/15 from a previous maximum of three winners)
The presentation is usually made by Mrs Brenda Dymott at the Portman P-t-P.
5 pts for 1st, 4 pts for 2nd, 3 pts for 3rd, 2 pts for 4th and 1 pt for any other finisher 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.