The General Lee and Lorna Brooke are triumphant in another AGA cracker!

Having just secured the jump boards in place, I was stood by the last fence at Cold Harbour with Mrs S, drill in hand, admiring my handiwork. Then it dawned on us, we had arrived a little later than planned – a combination of a late return from Peper Harow, and some frustratingly slow Sunday drivers – and we’d missed our lunch!

Annie Dalton was knocked unconscious at Cheltenham earlier in the week and she's out for a while, but she looked radiant today
Annie Dalton was knocked unconscious at Cheltenham earlier in the week and she’s out for a while, but she looked radiant today

Thanks to a very kind Honourable Secretary and Chairman we were able to enjoy some lunch, along with our colleague from AGA in Ledbury, Nick Orgil – and very nice it was too!

Abs Banks won the Confined on her pride and joy, Hall Kelly
Abs Banks won the Confined on her pride and joy, Hall Kelly
Mark and Axelle Wall were in great spirits after a sparkling performance from Theatre Queen at Cheltenham earlier in the week
Mark and Axelle Wall were in great spirits after a sparkling performance from Theatre Queen at Cheltenham earlier in the week

We had 7 declared for our AGA race and it was an interesting line-up; Katy Lyons and Frankie Hickman had both taken part in the AGA Ladies at Peper Harow the previous day, and there was a first AGA appearance of the season for Tess Champion. We also had The General Lee, who was making his 9th appearance in AGA Ladies Open races, having been involved since our very first season (2010/11).

It was great to see Tess back in AGA action!
It was great to see Tess back in AGA action!
The General!
The General!
Frankie and Rebel Alliance
Frankie and Rebel Alliance
Lovely photo of Hannah Lewis, runner-up in our championship last season
Lovely photo of Hannah Lewis and Jo Priest, Hannah was runner-up in our championship last season
Katy Lyons finally got her hands on an AGA hat after the race!
Katy Lyons finally got her hands on an AGA hat after the race!

The General was sent off favourite and we had another excellent AGA race, with Rebel Alliance leading from the 3rd until 3 out. He was headed by The General, and despite rallying well it was Lorna who booted her mount home to win by 3/4 length.

The Gingerman and Tess
The Ginger Man and Tess
A flying leap from Frankie and Rebel Alliance
A flying leap from Frankie and Rebel Alliance
The General (nearside) and Ukrainian Star
The General (nearside) and Ukrainian Star
Lorna and The General clear the last
Lorna and The General clear the last

Nick Orgil did the honours post race (and he enjoyed it), presenting Lorna and Lady Susan Brooke with some very nice AGA mementoes.

Great to see these two back in the number 1 spot after an AGA win!
Great to see these two back in the number 1 spot after an AGA win!
Lady Susan and Nick
Lady Susan and Nick
The AGA branded rugs have been very well received this season (thank you Heather Kemp)
The AGA branded rugs have been very well received this season (thank you Heather Kemp)
The girls love the AGA jackets as well!
The girls love the AGA jackets as well!

I’ve really enjoyed having so many AGA colleagues involved at point-to-point this year, it’s great to have the support, and great that they have all thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Tess and her mum, Alison, with The Ginger Man
Tess and her mum, Alison, with The Ginger Man
One more pat for The General before he heads home
One more pat for The General before he heads home

A tour of the lorry park was next on our list to commiserate and celebrate accordingly, with a rather tasty lemon drizzle cake being one of the highlights (thanks Lorna).

Western Goose is tacked up
Western Goose is tacked up

While in the lorry park Mrs Dalton suggested my camera would be better off in a bucket of water (pre-race nerves), although she didn’t really mean it and was all smiles after Western Goose had romped home in the Open Maiden. And that was it! It was all over and time for the AGA man and Mrs S to kick on and head to Wales for part 3 of our mammoth weekend!

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