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Entries open for 2022 HWPA Derby Awards

Entries open for 2022 HWPA Derby Awards

Entries are now open for all the writing and photography categories for this year's Derby Awards. It is hoped that as many members as possible will be able to find the time to enter at least one of the six categories. Entries should contain written pieces, photographs...

2020 Derby Awards – The complete list of nominees

The complete list of nominations for the 2020 Derby Awards, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club,  has been finalised after a decisions by panels of judges and votes from the HWPA membership.The winners will be announced on special Derby Awards programme on Sky...

Derby Awards – 2020

The decision has been made by the HWPA that the 2020 Derby Awards will not be staged as a physical event. The current situation and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has made it impossible to plan with any clarity and the Committee were not prepared to make financial...

Racecourse media slots available w/c Monday 29 June

Racecourse media slots availablew/c Monday 29 June The BHA and RCA have agreed that the two media slots currently allowed at each meeting can now be opened up should the Press Association and Racing Post not be represented at the meeting. The slots available next week...

Photographer Information – Racing Resumption

Photographers’ Information for theResumption of Racing Behind Closed Doors At all stages during the thought process for the way in which racecourse photography will work when racing resumes behind closed doors, the HWPA, RCA and BHA have been in regularly...

COVID-19 – media arrangement update

The HWPA is aware that members are waiting for information on what will be happening when racing hopefully returns on June 1 and are also anxious for updates.With the naming of a date for the sport to re-start, more focus is now being placed on wider operational...

COVID-19: Return to racing planning

We are approaching the time when hopefully it looks like there should be some movement towards the sport getting back under way in some form. It is the HWPA’s intention to keep you as informed as possible with what we understand is happening within our section of the...

HWPA: Racing Welfare support for members

HWPA members are part of the racing community and eligible for help from Racing Welfare. The charity has reiterated that they are there to try to offer support where they can. Clearly, for many HWPA members, especially freelancers and the self-employed, this will...


2020 HWPA TIPPING COMPETITION (Supported by I am delighted to announce that have agreed to support the 2020 HWPA Tipping Competition. Their generous support means we will once again be able to run a competition with some attractive prizes...

February Newsletter 2020

HWPA NEWSLETTER - February 2020 INSURANCE OFFER FOR MEMBERS The HWPA has been approached by All Media Insurance who believe they can offer competitive quotes on a wide range of products for members. Geoff Derham is the racecourse face of All Media Insurance that some...

HWPA DERBY AWARDS – the 2019 winners

Lee Mottershead has been named Racing Writer of the Year for the second time at the annual Horserace Writers & Photographers Derby Awards in London. Mottershead, Senior Writer at the Racing Post, first lifted the main prize at the Derby Awards in 2011. Mottershead...


SEVEN-time winner Nick Luck is among the four nominations for the Broadcaster of the Year at the 2019 HWPA Derby Awards. Luck is nominated alongside Racing TV colleague Lydia Hislop. ITV duo Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani complete the nominations. Nominations for...


Tickets for this year’s glittering HWPA awards lunch on Monday 2 December are aready on sale and selling fast.   Tickets this year are priced at £105 each for what is traditionally one of the most popular annual awards lunches of the racing year where excellence...


2019 HWPA DERBY AWARDS - FINAL REMINDER   Entries for the 2019 HWPA Derby awards have opened and you only have until Wednesday 9 October to submit your entries. This year there will be THREE writing awards and TWO photography awards. The HWPA have also introduced...

Trevor Jones Funeral

The funeral of photographer Trevor Jones will be held at Eastbourne Crematorium (BN 23 8AE) on Thursday 27 June  at 3.15pm, followed by a wake at the Hydro Hotel (BN20 7HZ).    

Death of photographer Trevor Jones announced

Photographer Trevor Jones, who forged a long and successful career covering sport and horseracing, has died at the age of 72. Trevor covered racing around the world in a career which spanned more than 40 years. Marcus Townend, president of the Horserace Writers and...

HWPA Newsletter – June 2019

HWPA Newsletter – June 2019   Ebor Meeting Social Event The HWPA will be staging a social event at York’s Ebor meeting after racing on Thursday 22 August. This will be a chance for members to get together and we are grateful to Sky Bet, sponsors of the first...

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – round 3 results

RaceBets HWPA Tipping Competition – result Leg 3 Nigel Spencer (+46.75) napped 33-1 winner Ornate on Saturday to storm to victory in Leg 3 – the ‘Classics Leg’ -  the RaceBets HWPA tipping competition. Nigel’s inspired selection clawed back Paul Jones (+29.61), who...

2019 HWPA Golf Tournament

The annual and hugely popular HWPA golf competition will once again be held on the eve of Glorious Goodwood on the estate’s magnificent course. The event on Monday 29 July will have a shotgun start at 12.30pm, preceded by breakfast at 11.30am There is always massive...

The 2018 QREC HWPA Derby Awards nominations

The full list of nominees for the QREC HWPA Derby Awards on December 3. 2018 Nominations for Racing Reporter of the Year   Bill Barber David Carr Chris Cook Mark Souster   Nominations for Racing Writer of the Year                              ...

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new-look website of the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association. It is a ‘one-stop shop’ for HWPA members and will be the hub of the organisation in the months and years ahead. Through this website, you will not only be able to keep up with...

Derby Award Tickets on sale 22 Sept.

The 2018 HWPA Derby, supported by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, will be held on Monday 3 December at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Tickets costing £99 will go on sale from Saturday 22 September. Tables for 10, 12 and 14 guests can be booked and there...

Make sure you get your entries in for this year’s HWPA Awards!

More details below 👇

Enjoy a brilliant day out for FREE this September!

As part of #NationalRacehorseWeek over 150 racing venues are opening their doors to showcase the love, care & attention that is ever-present throughout the industry! 🐎

Find your nearest event

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend has previously seen Stradivarius, Palace Pier, Mishriff and Prince of Arran on Warren Hill gallops on Sunday morning, sponsored by @Tattersalls1766

🏇Who would you most like to see this year on Sunday morning?



Some of the many trainers opening their yards to the public for The Henry Cecil Open Weekend, keep an eye out for more to be announced!


📅Tickets available now!


Unbeaten superstar BAAEED to feature at the Henry Cecil Open Weekend 🙌

The world's best racehorse will be seen on Warren Hill gallops, sponsored by @Tattersalls1766!

📅Sunday 18th September 2022



Very grateful to both William Haggas and Shadwell for cantering Baeed (amongst other stars) on Warren Hill as part of the @HenryCecilWknd 8am on Sunday 18th September before all the yards open their doors. Tickets available online now

Jockeys can no longer use the whip in the forehand position once the new whip rules are implemented in the autumn.

PJA Flat President P J McDonald gives a demonstration of how this will look and outlines the benefits of adopting a backhand position for both horse and rider

🤩 Two weeks to go!

🐴 Qatar Goodwood Festival
📍 @Goodwood_Races
📅 Tuesday 26 July - Saturday 30 July
📺 Every race live on Racing TV!

#GloriousGoodwood #QatarGoodwoodFestival

What is the 'backhand position' for jockeys using the whip?

@freddytylicki demonstrates what this new recommendation means as part of the BHA's Whip Consultation Report...

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