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Game shooters dominate the podium at The Sunseeker Boodles Cup final

Game shooters dominate the podium at The Sunseeker Boodles Cup final

13th February 2017

Wiltshire-based shooting instructor Huw Stephens narrowly missed out on the top prize after he was crowned High Gun at yesterday’s nail-biting final of The Sunseeker Boodles Cup held at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School (RBSS).

Huw achieved an impressive score of 22×25, but the top prize of either a yacht charter courtesy of Sunseeker London or a piece of jewellery from Boodles, each worth £80,000, required a score of at least 23×25. He did however take home £5,000 courtesy of RBSS – the largest ever cash prize in a British clay shooting competition.

Huw shot 19×25 in the qualifiers which lead him to a shoot-off with three other competitors for a place in the final, in which he again shot 22×25. Director of Barbury Shooting School Huw commented: “I felt pretty confident going into the final. I have practiced the sequence many times and I always score in the twenties, but obviously the pressure of the final makes a big difference to performance. The third clay I missed was an easy driven bird, which I should have hit. Obviously, I am disappointed not to have claimed the top prize but I am delighted to have won £5,000.”

Fellow game shot Simon Ward won a money-can’t-buy Ultimate Shoot Dinner for eight people hosted by wine writer Will Lyons worth £10,000 courtesy of Berry Bros. & Rudd after he won a shoot-off between the entrants scoring the highest out of 100 birds each week during the qualifiers. The Hampshire-based freelance shooting instructor commented: “The Tower is an exceptional challenge, and the sequence was very cleverly designed. Most of the top shots in the country were at the final and it was a pleasure to watch so many people shoot well. I’m delighted with my prize, it’ll be a real treat.”

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Managing Director Dylan Williams commented: “It’s wonderful that so many of our top shots got involved with this groundbreaking competition and I’m delighted that two game shooters took two of the top prizes. Thank you to Sunseeker London, Boodles and Berry Bros. & Rudd for supporting this competition right from the outset.”

Sunseeker London’s Managing Director David Lewis added: “Huge congratulations to Huw, what a thrilling final. Sunseeker London has been delighted to take part in this extraordinary challenge and would like to thank Dylan and his team for such a splendid four months of competition and events. Shooting is a growing sport and one that we will continue to support.”

Boodles’ Director James Amos added: “A huge congratulations to Huw on his fantastic achievement in the final although we were sorry not to see him go home with the top prize. Shooting is the most British and exciting of sports and Boodles is delighted to have been involved in this prestigious challenge. With huge thanks to Dylan and his team at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School.”

Unique new shooting competition ‘The Sunseeker Boodles Cup’  offers never-before-seen glittering prize fund

Unique new shooting competition ‘The Sunseeker Boodles Cup’ offers never-before-seen glittering prize fund

5th August 2016

Luxury brands Sunseeker London and Boodles have joined forces with The Royal Berkshire Shooting School to launch a spectacular clay shooting competition that will culminate in the overall winner choosing either a yacht charter for eight guests courtesy of Sunseeker London or a piece of fine jewellery from Boodles, each worth approximately £80,000.
Find out more about Sunseeker click here. Find out more about Boodles click here.

For a chance of winning one of these extraordinary prizes, entrants need to first qualify for one of 20 places, then at the final, shoot 23 or more of the 25 birds. The overall winner can choose either a 7-day holiday aboard a fully catered and crewed Sunseeker yacht in the Cote d’Azur or an exquisite piece of Boodles jewellery. If no-one shoots 23 birds, then the next highest scoring shooter will take home £5,000 courtesy of The Royal Berkshire Shooting School – the largest ever cash prize in a British clay shooting competition. In addition, the entrant scoring the highest out of 100 birds each week during the qualifiers will be invited to the final to shoot-off for a chance to win an exclusive, money-can’t-buy Ultimate Shoot Dinner for eight people hosted by wine writer Will Lyons worth £10,000 courtesy of Berry Bros. & Rudd.

The Sunseeker Boodles Cup will officially open on Saturday 1 October 2016 and run throughout the winter until Saturday 28 January 2017, giving entrants four months to qualify. Competitors are able to enter as many times as they wish. Entry costs just £50, which includes 50 warm-up birds plus two attempts at the sequence.

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Managing Director Dylan Williams commented: “This world-class competition will appeal to both game and clay shooters. Designed to simulate high pheasants, the clay sequence has been devised by our very own Robert Cross, who is renowned for his skill in replicating the most challenging birds. The sequence is difficult – and once you add a good helping of pressure at the final it will certainly be challenging! Being able to keep a cool head and remembering foot work will be key to winning.”

Sunseeker London’s Managing Director David Lewis added: “The Sunseeker London Group is delighted to co-sponsor this amazing competition. The top gun will be awarded a choice of two luxury items that represent the single largest prize-fund of any non-professional shooting competition currently in the world and we are proud to be involved with such an innovative and inspiring event.”

Boodles’ Director James Amos added: “The Directors of Boodles are all very excited about the upcoming Sunseeker Boodles Cup. Not only is it a first for the jewellery industry, but it is a good chance for us all to get some much needed practice on the high tower at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School. We’re delighted to be involved in this new international shooting competition, and especially with Sunseeker with whom we have a long-standing friendship.”

Terms & Conditions

1) Commencing Saturday 1 October 2016, The Sunseeker Boodles Cup will run up to and including Saturday 28 January 2017.

2) Entrants will need to pre-book their attendance. They will be allowed to shoot the 25 targets off the Tower at a cost of £50. This will include 50 warm up targets on other shooting stands with 2 goes on the Tower inclusive in the £50.

3) The competition is based on a ‘flowing sequence’. Once the gun has been closed, having been loaded by one of the Royal Berkshire Shooting School instructors, any clay must be shot at once in the air. If not shot at whilst the gun is closed this will be deemed to be a missed clay. Should a clay be sent out prior to the closure of the gun or in the event of a mistake by the trapper, another clay will be sent

4) The sequence will commence, when the entrant is ready, by a means of radio communication between the Royal Berkshire trapper and a Royal Berkshire instructor.

5) In the event of a ‘no bird’ during the sequence the gun must not be broken as the trapper will automatically send another clay.

6) A maximum of 26 cartridges can be utilised to shoot the sequence.

7) In the event of a dispute the instructors’ decision in any instance is final. During the competition, qualification to the final or at the final itself any individual deemed to be contravening the rules set, or the spirit of the competition or, for any other reason, will not partake in the final, and their entry fee will be refunded and no correspondence will be entered into.

8) In every instance an employee of The Royal Berkshire Shooting School will record individual scores.

9) Cartridge loads must be no greater than shot size 6 and no smaller than shot size 8 and the load must be no greater than 30g.

10) No lessons or practice sessions can be booked specifically to practice the sequence or “birds” during the qualifying period

11) Implications of the weather: The sequence will be shot in whatever the prevailing weather conditions are on the day other than fog preventing us seeing the clays or the weather endangering staff or clients contravening Health and Safety.

12) There is no age limit to entry.

13) Any individual who has represented his/her country at the Olympics is not eligible to win the yacht charter or jewellery however they are entitled to enter for the fine dining experience category. Any historic winner of any category, will not be eligible to win that prize again, but they are not prevented from entering or winning another category in 2016/17.

14) Employees of RBSS, Sunseeker London, Boodles and Berry Bros. & Rudd are also excluded from entering. 

The Final

Fine dining experience prize

The entrant posting the highest score x100 each week (limited to one place per entrant) will be invited to the final to shoot off over a 50-bird/100-bird layout to identify the winner. In the event of a tie, there will be a shoot off to determine the winner. In the event that an individual has qualified and posts a winning score in a subsequent week, the runner-up will be deemed that week’s winner.

The Qualification to the final will be achieved by being one of the 20 highest scoring individuals on the Tower in the qualifying period as at 5.30 pm on Saturday 28 January 2017.

The date for the Final is TBC.

In the event of a tie to qualify for the final 20 entrants (eg 5 guns on 17 for the last 2 spaces) there will be a shoot off on a date to be confirmed prior to the Grand Final. In the event that a finalist cannot attend the Final no other entrant will be invited to make the numbers up to 20.

The order of shooting will be as follows: The entrant with the lowest qualifying score will shoot first through to the entrant with the highest qualifying score. The sequence will be the same as the qualifying sequence and will be shot regardless of climatic conditions.

The Grand Final will be scored and adjudicated by the following individuals:
Dylan Williams, The Royal Berkshire Shooting School
Robert Cross, The Royal Berkshire Shooting School
A representative of Sunseeker London
A representative of Boodles
A representative of Berry Bros. & Rudd

To win either the yacht charter or jewellery the successful entrant must shoot 23 or more clays at the Final. In the event of more than one individual shooting 23 or above (ie: only missing 2 clays), the highest scoring entrant will win. If more than one person has the same score of 23 or above there will be a shoot off to decide the winner.

There are no cash alternatives to prizes.

Neither The Royal Berkshire Shooting School nor any of the sponsors will enter in to any communication or dialogue regarding any aspect of the competition or the selection of Finalists/prizewinners and reserve the right to refuse entry to either the qualifiers or Final with no refund whatsoever.

The winner must be willing to participate in PR activities after the competition and use appropriate hashtags on social media.

The prize value is purely an indication of the RRP of the goods.

The Junior Macnab Challenge 2016

The Junior Macnab Challenge 2016

8th February 2016

After a very successful inaugural year in 2015, we are bringing back the Junior Macnab Challenge for 2016, with a series of days where our Young Shots will be taught, and progress through, the three disciplines of the Classic Macnab Challenge.

Obviously we cannot provide the live quarry needed for the adult challenge, but will provide excellent simulated ones in our valley on a series of fun-filled days over the coming months, in the following disciplines:

To find out more click here
Full Details

To book your place, call Wendy on 01491 672900.

Coming Soon! The Annual RB Turkey Shoot 2015

Coming Soon! The Annual RB Turkey Shoot 2015

7th December 2015

Everyone enjoys a Christmas Party and here at the Royal Berkshire our Turkey Shoots are the stuff of legend!!

Arrive for registration from 9.00am, over a nice cuppa, followed by a briefing from our instructors, who will split you into squads if you do not already know them.

Shooting will start at about 9.45am, when you will tackle a variety of stands around our grounds, aided by some of Santa’s little helpers (cunningly disguised as more of our instructors)

To keep you going until lunchtime, we will bring hot soup out to you mid-way through the morning.

Once you have completed the course, we will welcome you back into the warmth of our Lodge for a delicious turkey dinner, courtesy of our chefs from Wild Fork.

Prizes will be awarded for various categories, such as Top Team, Top Gun, Top Lady, Turkey Conservationists,
and a few more. We recommend you dress for the weather, but bear in mind, there is also a prize for Best Dressed!

Places are very much sought after, and one date has already sold out, so to make sure you get yours, get in touch on 01491 672900 or wendy@rbss.co.uk now!!!

Places still available for Thursday 10th and Friday 18th December. £99.00 per person.

The Royal Berkshire Young Shots Academy – Pheasant Theme

The Royal Berkshire Young Shots Academy – Pheasant Theme

8th December 2014

The last of this year’s Young Shot days will be on:

Thursday 18th December
9.00am – 4.30pm
And is themed ‘Pheasant’

The day includes:

• Introduction on the Pheasant
• Guns and the law – a talk from our local Firearms Officer
• Shooting Basics – safety, etiquette, handling. loading and shooting.
• Simulated pheasant shooting in our valley
• Lunch
• Visit to a Pheasant Shoot to see how the birds are kept, reared and used on a shoot.
• Visit to Vicar’s Game to see how birds are prepared for the table and how sausages are made.

The cost for the day is £150.00 inc. vat and includes all safety equipment (glasses, ear plugs, cap) guns, cartridges and clays, lunch and soft drinks.

To reserve a place for your child(ren), please contact Wendy
on 01491 672900 or wendy@rbss.co.uk

New date added due to popular demand…

New date added due to popular demand…

27th October 2014

Due to an overwhelming response, the original two dates for the 2014 annual Turkey Shoots have sold out. A third date, of Tuesday 16th December, has been added, but places are filling up fast, so book now to be sure of yours!!

After morning coffee, guests will go head to head in a fun sporting competition across 10 stands followed by a ‘Turkey Flush.’ Prizes for Top Gun, Top Lady, Top Team, Most Suitably Dressed and others! To round off the day there’ll be a traditional roast turkey lunch with all the trimmings.

Tickets are VERY limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets = £99 inclusive of cartridges, clays and lunch.

To book, tel: 01491 672900

Put your shooting skills to the test this Christmas!

Put your shooting skills to the test this Christmas!

25th September 2014

Put your shooting skills to the test this Christmas! The award-winning Royal Berkshire Shooting School is holding its 13th annual Turkey Shoot on Wednesday 10 and Wednesday 17 December 2014. After morning coffee, guests will go head to head in a fun sporting competition across 10 stands followed by a ‘Turkey Flush.’ Prizes for Top Gun, Top Lady, Top Team, Most Suitably Dressed and others! To round off the day there’ll be a traditional roast turkey lunch with all the trimmings.

Tickets are VERY limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets = £99 inclusive of cartridges, clays and lunch.

To book, tel: 01491 672900.

Peter Jones CBE hosts his annual Enterprise Shoot Challenge

Peter Jones CBE hosts his annual Enterprise Shoot Challenge

4th September 2014

For the 8th consecutive year, TV’s Peter Jones CBE yet again hosted his annual Enterprise Shoot Challenge at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School.

Guests included fellow Dragons, Theo Paphitis, and Deborah Meaden, former formula one racing driver David Coulthard, as well as the great and the good from the world of business, who battled it out to be crowned Top Gun. The shooting competition was followed by a live auction hosted by radio, and television sports broadcaster Jonny Gould with fantastic prizes, including fine dining at London’s top restaurants, luxury weekend breaks and exclusive VIP tickets to Celebrity Juice.

The day raised a staggering £155,000 for the Peter Jones Foundation.

Book now for last BBQ shoot of 2014 on Tues 23 Sept

Book now for last BBQ shoot of 2014 on Tues 23 Sept

1st September 2014

The final BBQ shoot of 2014 will be Tuesday 23 September

The evening will start with registration from 4.00pm, with shooting starting at 4.30pm.

Teams of 3 can enter, or individuals/pairs who will be squadded up in 3s. Everyone will shoot an 80 bird round plus a flush, and will return to the Lodge once shooting has finished, for an amazing BBQ cooked up by our chefs from the Pot Kiln Anywhere.

Prizes will be given at each event for Top Team, Top Gun, Top Lady and Clay Conservationists, along with points, which will be entered on our League Table.

At the end of the final event, a prize will be awarded for Top Team overall, which has very kindly been sponsored by The Royal Oak at Yattendon to the tune of a voucher for £300 towards a meal for 6 (Team members plus a guest each).

Cost is £95 per person and places must be booked in advance on 01491 672900 or info@rbss.co.uk

Book now for the next Royal Berkshire Young Shots Academy on Thursday 23 October

Book now for the next Royal Berkshire Young Shots Academy on Thursday 23 October

4th August 2014

Is your child bored of the school holidays already? Or are you, as a parent looking for something different to entertain your child? Why don’t you book them into an afternoon session for under 16s with The Royal Berkshire Young Shots Academy? The next session is Thursday 23 October which begins at 1:30pm with an introduction with RBSS instructors followed by tuition and a fun competition then finishing at 4:15pm. The price of the sessions cost £65 which includes gun hire, safety wear, clays, cartridges and refreshments. To reserve a place, call Wendy on 01491 672900.