Winner of the NGO's 2019 Golden Grouse Trophy announced

The National Gamekeeper’s Organisation’s 2019 Golden Grouse Clay Shoot held recently at Coniston Shooting Ground, Skipton was declared a huge success, with more than 176 tweed clad members and supporters joining forces to compete in this year’s sporting challenge.

In a close battle to win the Golden Grouse Trophy, Will Watson, who is Head keeper at Dallowgill, finally claimed victory with a fantastic score of 81.  Will was delighted to take part in this friendly competition and was even more thrilled to walk away with the prestigious Golden Grouse trophy.

A close second place was awarded to Scott Fallon, who is the gamekeeper on the Bowes estate, and managed to achieve an excellent score of 78.

John Clarke, the NGO’s 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. We were particularly pleased to welcome the Gamekeeping students from Newton Rigg College who came along to trap and score the stands.  Their attendance and help was hugely appreciated and hopefully the students made an impression on possible future employers.”

Winners in other classes were: Junior High Gun – Josh Frankland with a score of 63;  Senior High Gunn – Ian Bateman with a score of 70; Ladies High Gun - Emma Lowrison with a score of 62 and Side by Side High Gun – Michael Bell with a score of 67.  In the supporter class, James Reay and Les Rushworth came joint 1st with a score of 78. .

John Clarke continued, “As well as showing their shooting prowess on this challenging course, the day is also a great social event for 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. I would also like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the day such a success as well as Coniston Shooting Ground for their excellent hospitality.” 

The NGO is also very grateful to the sponsors of this event including, L and A Dent Game Dealers who have supported the Golden Grouse for many years as well as Connolly’s Red Mills, Plugzz, Toyota, Ford, and Deerhunter.

Plans are already in place for the 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:


Photocaption: Will Watson, winner of the NGO Golden Grouse Trophy receives his award from Liam Bell, Chairman of the NGO


To view results from the day, please follow this link:Golden Grouse results.pdf




Notes to editors:

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NG)) represents the gamekeepers of England and Wales. The NGO defends and promotes gamekeeping and gamekeepers and works to ensure high standards throughout the profession. The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation was founded in 1997 by a group of gamekeepers who felt that keepering was threatened by public misunderstanding and poor representation. Today, there are 13,000 members of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation.



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