|Pippa Funnell & Redesigned Makes A Splash To Win Mulberry Insurance Advanced Section K|
|Tour De Force: Andrew Nicholson - Winner of Advanced Sections J & L|
|This Fence Rode Well, But Looked More Imposing On Approach|
|This Fence Sent A Few Straight Back To The Lorry Park|
|Great Galloping Fences|
For a compact site there are plenty of galloping lanes, and some great fences to jump in a galloping stride.
|Kevin McNab & Clifton Pinot|
|Piggy French & Westwood Mariner|
|Jennifer Hart & Flora Lady|
Chris King was riding one of my favourite greys of the day, Billy Bounce. This is a really nice athletic type with a lovely jumping action, and some great form at intermediate, and stepping up to advanced for the first time fresh from a win at Barbury CIC**. I really hope this horse gives Chris another shot at the 3 & 4 stars.
|Chris King & Billy Bounce|
The sponsor's tent by the final water complex was full, with live music playing, all adding to the atmosphere. Every section was sponsored and I think I heard correctly that one of the sections had £1,000 first prize and and prizes down to 15th place, "which is better than the usual red rosette and a dandy brush" according to the commentator!
All in all I had a great day out at Aston, even though it was overcast all day (a blessing really). I think this event will feature regularly in my calendar from now on.
Here a few more favourite photos from the day:
|Ben McClumpha & Willow Tipster|
|There was another great galloping stretch after this early fence.|
|Well Water Ground Meant Good Going & Plenty Opportunity To Open The Throttle|
|Jodie Amos & Wise Crack - 3rd in Section J|
|Lucy Jackson, A Little Bruised But Managing To Smile After A Tumble Early In The Day.|