Leanda Tickle is the latest new name on the AGA championship leader board as the sun shines at Black Forest Lodge

The AGA series has had a flying start so losing Horseheath was a real blow, and it left us looking at a weekend without an AGA ladies open race. That was not an option so a replacement was sought and an additional fixture in the Devon & Cornwall area was added, with the Mid Devon at Black Forest Lodge welcoming us with open arms.

I've seen this lady somewhere before ...
I’ve seen this lady somewhere before …

The AGA van and the AGA boys were given a well deserved weekend off and it was just me and Mrs S who headed down the M5 to Devon (along with a bag of AGA hats).

Is that a bag of AGA hats next to Mrs S?
Is that a bag of AGA hats next to Mrs S?

What you would normally expect to see now is a race by race account of our day, but not this week! There are plenty of photos, just not that many of race winners. That’s because this week’s blog has lots of photos similar to those which you will find in my weekly photo round-up in Go Pointing, ‘Been Pointing’.

Somebody can't find his lighter ...
Somebody can’t find his lighter …

A pre-race dog walk
A pre-race dog walk

If you don’t subscribe to Go Pointing then please click here to sign up and you will get it in your inbox every Tuesday evening. It’s essential reading for all point-to-point enthusiasts as it’s packed full of features, reviews, previews and loads of great photos (including mine … did I already mention that?).

A very thirsty Nobby Kivambo refuels after his win in the Mens Open

Anyway, I think I’ll let the photos do the talking, starting with this one of Mark Wall and his daughter Xaviera, who joined him in the winners enclosure after his win on Nobby Kivambo in the Mens Open.

Xaviera Wall presents dad Mark with a print after his win in the Mens Open
Xaviera Wall presents dad Mark with a print after his win in the Mens Open
Thumbs up from Jodie Hughes before her AGA comeback
Thumbs up from Jodie Hughes before her AGA comeback
And thumbs up from Charly Prichard
And thumbs up from Charly Prichard
Hannah Lewis was 3rd in the AGA championship for lady riders last season, but she wasn't in the saddle today, instead she had a duel role, trainer & groom, and in the photo she's leading up Bridlingtonbygones (Abs Banks)
Hannah Lewis was runner-up in the AGA championship for lady riders last season but she wasn’t in the saddle today, instead she had a dual role, trainer & groom, and in the photo she’s leading up Bridlingtonbygones (Abs Banks)

A good entry for the sixth AGA ladies race of the season – 17 – promised much, and 8 went to post, with Byerley Bear (Leanda Tickle) the clear market leader.

Tracey Prichard (far right) shares a joke as the tension mounts before the AGA ladies open
Tracey Prichard (far right) shares a joke as the tension mounts before the AGA ladies open
This photo is here because I like it, and because Brodie Hampson looks very stylish on Fairwood Bob
Byerley-Bear-takes-the-last_WEB
Byerley Bear takes the last …
... and lands in the lead
… and lands in the lead
And now he stretches away ...
And now he stretches away …
... with Leanda driving him  out to win by 8 lengths
… with Leanda driving him out to win by 8 lengths

This was Leanda Tickle’s first ever win in an AGA ladies open race,  and she was very impressed with her prize, a beautiful, AGA embroidered soft shell jacket, supplied by Harley Equestrian.

'It's lush' said Leanda Tickle
‘It’s lush’ said Leanda Tickle
And then we did that smiley look at the camera thing (and everyone knows I love the camera)
And then we did that smiley look at the camera thing (and everyone knows I love the camera)
Mrs S Butler and Mr J Hern, Clerk of the Sclaes and Asst Clerk of the Scales
Mrs S Butler and Mr J Hern, Clerk of the Sclaes and Asst Clerk of the Scales
Mr and Mrs A Knox are all smiles as they receive the Humphrey Scott Memorial Trophy from Laura (Connolly's Red Mills)
Mr and Mrs A Knox are all smiles as they receive the Humphrey Scott Memorial Trophy from Laura (Connolly’s Red Mills)

We watched the Restricted, and the presentation afterwards, then headed for the lorry park in search of more photo opportunities … and cake!

The Wintle lorry is broken, but we found some cake!
The Wintle lorry is broken, but we found some cake!
There's always a job for every member of the family post race in the lorry park
There’s always a job for every member of the family post race in the lorry park

The lorry park is a friendly place and I’m not just saying that because of the plentiful supply of baked goods! There’s usually fun to be had (whatever the weather), and if the Hart/Hope entourage are in attendance then fun is guaranteed.

Alfie (Gift Of Dreams) is about to be tacked up for the Maiden, but is relaxed enough to join in the fun (he came 3rd)
Alfie (Gift Of Dreams) is about to be tacked up for the Maiden, but is relaxed enough to join in the fun (he came 3rd)

As well as starring in the photo above with Amanda Timms and Hayley Findlay, Alfie was also in an even better photo which appeared in Go Pointing – and I’m hoping it might make the latest edition of Pointing Plus!

Cheekychappy is tacked up ahead of Division 2 of the Open Maiden
Cheekychappy is tacked up ahead of Division 2 of the Open Maiden
Mrs S and is still clutching her distinctive AGA Iconic bag
Mrs S is still clutching her distinctive AGA Iconic bag

Gift Of Dreams was 3rd (this pleased his connections) and his first win won’t be too far away.  The winner was Bob The Butcher and I reckon he’ll be winning again soon as he won this maiden very easily.

Bob The Builder - winner of Division 2 of the Open Maiden
Bob The Butcher – winner of Division 2 of the Open Maiden
Helen Hart and Claire Hart are the last customers of the day for West Country Videos
Helen Hart and Claire Hart are the last customers of the day for West Country Videos

My early morning tweet about the tropical weather in Devon was tongue in cheek, although the jacket was left in the car and Mrs S didn’t complain about being cold all day (for the first time this season).  I’d call that a result, so we left Devon as we had arrived – smiling – and made good time back to the Midlands (3 hours), see you at Larkhill!

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