Youngsters set standards at Lowther Show

THERE were lots of goods on display at Lowther Horse Trials: good crowd, good prize-money, good weather and good wrestling.

Once more the youngsters and the lightweight wrestlers set the standards. Last year Richard Fox seemed to lose steam after his great win in the 13 stones at Grasmere.

This year his skills are backed by that extra ounce of power and determination which makes all the difference in wrestling.

In the final of the 12 stones he won the first fall against his old (young) rival, John Harrington with a conventional back-heel.

Harrington took the next fall with an outside-hipe, and then Fox clinched it with his own speciality: a slow right-leg back-heel applied by locking himself into position and boring down on his opponent till he hits the grass.

Alan Walton then came into his own. It is no secret that he has a gammy knee, and that put paid to his chances in the 12 stones when he had to give in or risk injury.

In the 14 stones, however, he was unstoppable, wrestling with his usual care, bur striking briskly when a chance appeared. With the leg-ups and twists and back-heels he cast away the years and came out on top.

A polisher of horse brasses won the All Weights. Duncan “Crazy Horse” Hutton, ex-heavyweight champion, had come for a quiet day as support staff for a horse and carriage, but whether it was my suggestion that he must be getting a bit old for the wrestling, or that he saw nothing to frighten him in the ring, he entered the lists late in the day and went on to win.

In wrestling it does help, of course, if you are built like a light-house.

This light-house, though, knows how to wrestle and he won against his fellow Northumbrian lighthouse, Darren Whitfield, with two massive back-heels that would have cowped a JCB.

Darren Whitfield had been runner-up the previous day, too, at Powburn when the heavyweight bout which we all anticipated at Ambleside took place in the final.

Rab McNamara is the unbeaten heavyweight world champion, and he proved it again.

Jimmy Pringle, spry again after his heart operation, thought he had a disaster on his hands when the wrestling was due to start, but the local lads entered in droves, the Scots arrived, eventually, and Jimmy enjoyed “one o’ the best days ivvor".

A lad called Gallan, from Jedburgh, especially caught his eye with his natural skills and zest as he buttocked his way to winning the 14 stones.

RESULTS

Powburn Show

U-10 Years: 1, E Harrison; 2, E Charlton; 3, R Siddall.

U-13: 1, I McGonagal; 2, J Brown; 3, C Harrison.

U-16: 1, A Ord; 2, M Pearce; 3, J Oliver.

11 1/2st: 1, A Ord; 2, C Gallan; 3, J Oliver.

14st: 1, C Gallan; 2, R Cockburn; 3, M Telfer.

All Weights: 1, R McNamara; 2, D Whitfield; 3, R Younger.

Lowther Horse Trials

U-12: 1, S Brocklebank; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, D Ewart.

U-15: 1, G Benson; 2, F Healey; 3, S Wilkinson.

U-18: 1, R Dixon; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, Joe Harrington.

Women’s Open: 1, T Hodgson; 2, L Armstrong; 3, C Hodgson.

12st: 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Carlile.

14st: 1, A Walton; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Dixon.

All Weights: 1, D Hutton; 2, D Whitfield; 3, T Brocklebank.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 4th 2011)

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