This year’s Countryside Clay Shoot has been hailed a huge success by the organisers.
Twenty eight teams competed for the Hugh van Cutsem challenge cup at the Six Mile Bottom estate in Cambridgeshire on Saturday.
The day was held to raise money for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and was organised by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the CLA Game Fair.
Participants included teams from the Angling Trust, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Countryside Alliance, CLA, Guns on Pegs, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO).
Teams of four competed across six stands with a mix of simulated game targets.
Purdey, the world famous gunmaker, offered teams the chance to use one of their shotguns for £20 and the doubling of the score on the high pheasant stand.
The shoot was won by the NGO team and Mrs Rosie van Cutsem presented the winning team with the Hugh van Cutsem Challenge Cup, dedicated to the memory of the keen shot and countryman.
Steve Bloomfield, BASC’s Director England, who helped organise the day said: “We were delighted with the turnout for this year’s Countryside Clay Shoot. Shooting is a great way to benefit charities and we were delighted by such a good response for these two causes. Everyone had a wonderful day and Six Mile Bottom once again put on a testing set of drives. Plans are already in the pipeline for next year’s event.”
CLA Game Fair Director Tony Wall said: “This year’s Countryside Clay Shoot was another great success and I am delighted that the CLA has joined with BASC in raising money for two important charities while honouring a great shot and supporter of the countryside. We congratulate the winning team, and we thank and commend all the teams that took part and helped make the event such a success.”