Ultramagic supports black horse balloon event

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Ultramagic supports black horse balloon event (UK).

Quoting the words of the chairman of the Black Horse balloon Club (UK) Lennie Vaughan: “We had a really good turn out at the Fiesta (May 1 to May 4) with a spectacular Saturday night ascent for the Ultramagic Hare and Hounds competition with 27 balloons and hoppers airborne”.

The Saturday evening flight took place in near perfect weather conditions. As a probable first, there were two Hares in the competition! Tim Revel flying his Ultramagic demonstrator was the Hare for the large balloons and Paul Dickinson flying his Ultramagic Solo 31 was the Hare for the “one person” balloons – hoppers, chariots and solos.

Steve Roake won the Hopper section flying his beautiful new spiral design Ultramagic Solo H31 G-UHOP, whilst Richard Penny won the large balloon section flying his Kewtechnik Ultramagic M-90 G-KEWT. Richard was also the overall winner of the weekend as he flew 4 times – the only person to do so.




Richard Simpson flew with Steve Humphries back to the Black Horse launch field target on a fly-in competition on the Monday morning flight also resulting in the winning of a prize. He also managed to land in the adjacent field. Well done Richard – you haven’t lost your touch!

Dick and gabby Sergeant won the Black Horse Balloon Club plaque once again as the international entrants from Switzerland.



Lennie Vaughan as Chairman ably led the briefings and organised the event with the help of the committee memebers. Dave Jenks carried out a superb job as competition organiser supported by Rupert Stanley from the BBAC competitions club who lent markers and targets as well as supplying the comps club wind reading instrument.

The majority of prizes were supplied by Tim and Hilary Revel – the Ultramagic UK dealers who just happen to live a few miles away form the club and have been members since the early days! Tim and Hilary also cooked and served up a very welcome breakfast at each morning briefing. The profit from the sale of these breakfasts managed to raise a significant sum to support Helen Vaughan in the Cancer charity – Race for Life.

Well done to all involved for making the event a great success.