The National Gamekeeper’s Organisation’s 2018 Golden Grouse Clay Shoot held recently at Thimbleby Shooting Ground, North Yorkshire was declared one of the best ever,

The National Gamekeeper’s Organisation’s 2018 Golden Grouse Clay Shoot held this weekend at Thimbleby Shooting Ground, North Yorkshire was declared one of the best ever, with more than 192 tweed clad members and supporters joining forces to compete in this year’s sporting challenge.

In a handsome victory, Jim Carter took top place with a fantastic score of 92.  Jim who keepers  a  grouse moor and a low ground shoot on an estate in the Scottish Borders, was thrilled to be presented with the magnificent Golden Grouse trophy and said that he was delighted to take part in this brilliant day and especially to win this prestigious trophy.

Second place and shooting in the supporter’s category was Frank Lowrison who finished with an impressive score of 91.

Sarah Read, NGO Northern Development Officer said, “This terrific annual event is going from strength to strength and enables members to compete over a 100 bird sporting layout.  As well as showing their shooting prowess on this challenging course, it is also a great social event for our NGO members and supporters.  We were thrilled with the turn-out this year and it was evident that everybody had a thoroughly good day at this unique event.”

This year’s NGO Golden Grouse Clay Shoot saw an increase in stands from 10 to 12 all simulating live quarry and it was agreed that this helped to speed up the action.  Winners in other classes were: Junior High Gun - Tom Wilkinson, Senior High Gunn - Leonard Bateman, Ladies High Gun - Emma Lowison  and Side by Side High Gun - Allan Pettitt.

Sarah Read continued, “I would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped us make the day such a success as well as Thimbleby Clay Shoot for their hospitality, especially Roger Ayton, who organised the event and was our winner last year.  I would also like to thank our sponsors; L and A Dent Game Dealers who have supported the Golden Grouse for many years as well as Connolly’s Red Mills, Plugzz, Nomad Clothing, Simpsons Brothers Gun Shop, Champion Gun Cleaning Products and Isuzu.

Plans are already in place for the NGO's Golden Grouse Clay Shoot next year and those interested in participating should get in touch with John Clarke, the NGO’s new Development Officer for the North of England on:  07824 099937 or email: john@nationalgamekeepers.org.uk

 

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