Warm welcome for the AGA man at Ampton as the Dunston Harriers put on a pointing treat

No AGA action today but the opportunity to visit Ampton for the first time was too good to miss, plus, thanks to Mr & Mrs Ellis, I was driven to the races in style (and very nice it was too). We set off at a very reasonable time, and I also contributed to the Ellis pointing picnic – but more of that later!

007-Nervous mum
This is what a nervous mum looks like! Pippa Ellis watches her son, Tom, on Mister Teddy in the first race

It was an entertaining journey, and it was a pleasant change to be sat in the passenger seat, plus, the dodgy music from my last pointing trip was nowhere to be seen – or should that be heard!

Notice that mum has bagged the champagne!
Notice that mum has bagged the champagne!

Suzanne Webb had promised me a warm welcome and that’s exactly what I got, in fact, in the words of the song, I could “Feel The Love”.

One of these called me Tom Daley, but do you know who, and why?
One of the people in this group called me Tom Daley, but do you know who, and why?
This photo was definitely not staged...
This photo was definitely not staged…
Gina bagged the second race to make it 1-1 between the Ellis-Andrews team!
Gina bagged the second race to make it 1-1 between the Ellis-Andrews team! Although a visit to the Stewards tent was required before the result could be confirmed
I've had requests from all over the UK for copies of this photograph...
I’ve had requests from all over the UK for copies of this photograph…
Lovely photo, and a version of it was featured in this week's edition of Been Pointing
Lovely hats ladies but there’s something missing!
Another photo of Mary, she insisted...
Another photo of Mary, she insisted…
Happy Harkin team
A happy Harkin team after Out Of Range had won Division 2 of the Open Maiden
10 out of 10 for the Dunston Harriers sponsor tent
10 out of 10 for the Dunston Harriers sponsor tent
This win in the Ladies Open took Gina back to the top of the AGA championship table, it was a poignant moment for connections of Berties Dream as Gina was wearing the silks of the late Christopher Sporborg
A win in the Ladies Open took Gina back to the top of the AGA championship table, and it was a poignant moment for connections of Berties Dream, as Gina was wearing the silks of the late Christopher Sporborg
Big Al and Joe got on the scoreboard, and their Mens Open winner looks a bit special!
Big Al and Joe got on the scoreboard, and their Mens Open winner – Consigliere – looks a bit special!
Time for the pointing picnic!
Time for the pointing picnic!

My contribution to the pointing picnic was a delicious cream of tomato and orange soup, and it was quite an achievement for me to make this from scratch the night before (instead of opening a tin). It had already passed the Mrs S taste test with flying colours, but the pressure was now on as a queue formed around the lorry park to try it out!

"We only brought him for the soup..."
“We only brought him for the soup…”

I’m pleased to say that the soup went down a treat, and I’m already planning the next pointing task for my AGA City60 – all will be revealed at Cocklebarrow (Heythrop Hunt point-to-point) on January 25th.

This lovely photo of Lotte Hulscher was taken by Jacqueline Hodge, Lotte was very disgruntled at the end of the day as she thought her picture had not been taken
This lovely photo of Lotte Hulscher was taken by Jacqueline Hodge, Lotte wore the hat with pride all day, although she thought that her picture had not been taken so she was a little bit disgruntled at home time…

And that was it, another great day on a point-to-point racecourse was over and it was time to head back to Warwickshire. I could get used to life in the passenger seat and I’m very grateful to Tony and Pippa for getting me there and back, and for their hospitality, although rumours that I fell asleep on the return journey have been greatly exaggerated!

One thought

  1. Some really nice photos there David, I picked up a little tip or two when looking through them!!
    The three young women with the small white dog is a cracker!

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