Spring sunshine, old friends and oh so close to a Royal AGA winner at Paxford

What a contrast to Easter Monday 2014, Lydstep was my destination on that day, an eight hour round trip! This year, it was a short hop down the Fosse Way to Paxford, back home in time for tea! Lydstep was wonderful I might add, but next time I go I’m definitely staying over. Anyway, here we go again, not many words but lots of photos.

The title for this blog post mentions 'old friends', and here they are, Shane and Nikki Collins with their two boys

The title for this blog post mentions ‘old friends’, and here they are, Shane and Nikki Collins with their two boys

Dawn Bridgewater and her daughter, Iris

Dawn Bridgewater and her daughter, Iris

Jetnova, a star for the Smith-Maxwell family this season

Jetnova, a star for the Smith-Maxwell family this season

Sunshine = a huge crowd

Sunshine = a huge crowd

Proud mum (far right)

Proud mum (far right)

John Smith-Maxwell and his sisters

John Smith-Maxwell and his sisters

Now that's how you celebrate!

Now that’s how you celebrate!

This photo made the Worcester News

This photo made the Worcester News

Some of the most famous colours in pointing

Some of the most famous colours in pointing

A fairly easy day for the starter and his assistant

A fairly easy day for the starter and his assistant

Abs Banks took the ladies open on Hall Kelly, beating her sister, Phine

Abs Banks took the Ladies Open on Hall Kelly, beating her sister, Phine

Tom Weston took the mens open on Ice Cool Benny

Tom Weston took the Mens Open on Ice Cool Benny

Penny Cox

Penny Cox

Zara Phillips and Tom David

Zara Phillips and Tom David

Mark Wall goes for the rugged look

Mark Wall goes for the rugged look

The Equus Club get ready to celebrate after Stonefield won the Restricted

The Equus Club get ready to celebrate after Stonefield won the AGA sponsored Restricted

Great to catch up with this old friend, Shane Collins, he used to drink in our boozer!

Great to catch up with this old friend, Shane Collins, he used to drink in our boozer!

Ripper Rippon was on trophy duty (a favour for the AGA man)

Ripper Rippon was on trophy duty (a favour for the AGA man)

I love this photo

I love this photo

Having been touched off in the Restricted, Zara and Tom were about to try again in the Open Maiden (Dolly Maude and Ripper were there to cheer them on)

Having been touched off in the Restricted, Zara and Tom were about to try again in the Open Maiden (Dolly Maude and Ripper were there to cheer them on)

A short head victory in the Open Maiden was consolation for a neck defeat in the Restricted

A short head victory in the Open Maiden was consolation for a neck defeat in the Restricted

10 AGA points, it was so nearly 20!

10 AGA points, it was so nearly 20!

Another good day with plenty of highlights, and those famous colours – worn by Major Harold Rushton and Pat Tollit – look great in the photos (just as well Philip Smith-Maxwell prompted me to take the pics!).

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