Dorset is home to one of the most popular horse racing events in the country, and this year promises to be the best yet.

The annual Savills Countryside Alliance Point to Point at Badbury Rings, near Wimborne, saw record entries in 2014, more than any other that season.

Now it has been voted best point to point for trade stands, access and entertainment in the Wessex area, by Horse & Hound magazine.

Countryside Alliance Point to Point Chairwoman, Sophie Henderson says it is a great day out for anyone who loves the countryside.

“We are really pleased to win so many votes of confidence from Horse & Hound magazine and, having had such a successful 2014 in terms of entries and visitors, we are confident that our new attractions will draw even bigger attendance,” she said.

This year’s event, on Sunday February 22, will host terrier racing, country crafts, local food stalls, a parade of the Wilton Hounds, and a large shopping village.

New features include the inaugural Bonhams Wessex National Men’s Open Race and there will be a return of the Countryside Alliance Apprenticeship/ Work Experience online auction.

Top runners and riders who have previously raced at the event include former Gold Cup and Grand National horse What a Friend, Gold Cup winning jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, and runner up in the 2010 Champion Hurdle Khyber Kim.

Gates open at 9am, followed by Terrier Racing at 10am and the first race at 12 noon. Entry costs £15 per person, £20 per car with single occupant and £25 per car with more than one occupant.

Picnics are welcome and for those who enjoy the VIP treatment, special Patrons Packages are available including a pre-race champagne reception starting at £60, to book, call 01752 830430.

The event’s chosen charity for 2015 is The Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, which cares for patients with cancer and other progressive conditions across the region. For more information, visit