Is it really five years? That was the question I asked myself in the build-up to this, our fifth AGA final, and the fourth one where I have been organiser and front man. There will, of course, be lots of other questions to ask during the coming weeks, along with some detailed analysis. However, one thing is for certain, the AGA name is now synonymous with Point-to-Point horse racing – particularly ladies racing – and the hard work of the last five years is paying off. We have established ourselves at the heart of the farming and rural communities and I’m very proud of the part that I have played in doing this, along with my hard working wife (known universally as Mrs S), and lots of hard working colleagues. Anyway, that’s far too many words, so in the hope that you are all still reading I will now let the pictures do the talking! Please enjoy this pictorial record of the fifth AGA Point-to-Point Championship final.
At this point it is very tempting to carry on and post lots more photos – of the social variety, however, there’s loads, so I think I’ll create a photo gallery just for the social shots! That will be ready soon but for now I’ll finish with some thank you’s, starting with the lady in the next photograph.
For the second season running Grace travelled down from the north-east to take our photos at the final (hundreds) and once again the pics are brilliant.
Jacqueline Coward, Ripper Rippon, Claire Hart, Hannah Lewis and Jane Williams all make the thank you list, as do all of my AGA colleagues. They put up with last minute requests and the occasional rant, but they always come up with the goods. The awesome team at Stratford Racecourse and the legend that is Mrs S get a big fat thank you. And every single person in the point-to-point community gets one too, as without their support this would not work.
The biggest thank you of all has to go to AGA Rangemaster for allowing me to do what I do with the sponsorship, without that support there wouldn’t be an AGA man, and I wouldn’t be writing this.