There’s just no stopping Paul Barker! A double winner at Shrewsbury Flower Show and scoring a hat-trick at Anglesey County, Paul called in to Flint and Denbigh on the way home from Anglesey to claim another double.
Winner of the area trial at Anglesey, Paul netted his second area trial in two days at Flint and Denbigh with the ultra-consistent Happy Boy. The pair took victory with the only double clear.
Paul Bevan left all the fences intact in round one of the area trial on the big-jumping Deangelo II, but a fairly restrictive time saw them pick up two time faults. Eventually, three came forward on clear rounds to be joined by two carrying their faults. But Paul Bevan put the pressure on to jump clear in the jump-off with the Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve nine-year-old Deangelo to finish on a two-fault total – jumping clear was now a must to win.
Alex Thompson added eight to his first round clear on Cathalina to drop to fifth, Alison Barton picked up four in the jmup-off with Roma IV to take an eventual third. On four in round one, Alec Trickett added another four in round two to slot One Two Watch into fourth. However, Paul Barker proved foot-perfect with the Kannan 10-year-old Happy Boy to take the class with Paul Bevan taking second.
Paul Barker also claimed the power and speed with Lux Fabulous, racing ahead to take the top spot on the Lux 12-year-old. The win brought his haul over one week to £10,000. As she did at Anglesey in similar results, Corinne Collins had to again settle for second on Dolores P.
“I wish Paul had gone home after Anglesey,” she joked.
Laura Stephenson rode Catherston Connor into third with new national 1.30m champions Adam Botham and Dakota in fourth. Georgia Cabb finished fifth on Uragan and Paul Barker also claimed sixth with Sandors Legacy.
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