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Brief Biography

Wallace Keith Hooper (1937-2012), always known as Keith, farmed Manor Farm at Tarrant Hinton, and was Clerk of the Course at Badbury Rings for 19 years. A stalwart of the Portman Point-to-Point Committee and a long-serving Treasurer of the Portman Hunt, he still had time to be active in his local community. He certainly knew how to enjoy himself, lived life to the full, and was a generous host and friend to all.

 He travelled many a mile to Point-to-Point meetings, and had numerous runners himself over the years. Among his horses were Jabo, Atomic Answer, Phnop and Badbury Rings, but probably the best was Camerata, a prolific winner on fast ground at Badbury Rings and Larkhill in the ‘80s, as Dingaka had been for him a decade earlier.

 Keith was also keen on steam traction engines, and from 1988 was delighted to welcome hundreds of thousands of fellow enthusiasts to Manor Farm for five days around the August bank holiday every year for the Great Dorset Steam Fair, reportedly the largest show of its kind in the world.


In his memory his family have presented the Wallace Keith Hooper Cup for the season’s Leading Trainer at Badbury Rings. It was first presented in 2019.


The Cup will be awarded to the Trainer of the most winners at Badbury Rings in the current season.

If the winning-most Trainers are tied, then the Cup will be awarded to the tied Trainer with the most seconds, if this still results in a tie then third placings will be taken into account. If that does not resolve matters then the Cup will be shared.

In all cases, a dead-heat victory or placing will count less than an outright one.

Past Winners

Current Standings


Sunday 5th May

Devon & Somerset Staghounds @ South Hill

First Race 2.00pm

Tickets available on the gate