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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.”

Stunning display of wildlife photography by Glyn Satterley available at RBSS

Stunning display of wildlife photography by Glyn Satterley available at RBSS

1st December 2016

To see the largest collection of Glyn Satterley images outside Scotland do visit the Royal Berkshire Gallery or our shop website – http://www.rbssshop.co.uk/collections/art – he’s an amazing photographer and we are very proud to feature his work at the School.

He has recently produced a short film to coincide with the launch of his last book – ‘Going to the Hill’. As Glyn himself describes it: “It gives an insight into what makes me tick as a photographer, and a taste of my project on Highland Sporting Estates which has been ongoing for the last 30 years”.

To watch the film, Click Here

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.

Challenge Trophy 100 Results

Challenge Trophy 100 Results

6th August 2015

Berkshire-based Chris Childerhouse claimed High Gun with 96×100 at the recent Challenge Trophy 100 CPSA-registered shoot at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School.

The self-employed gardener, who regularly shoots for England, commented: “As usual, it was a brilliantly run competition with some very tricky birds. I have been on a winning streak lately so I was delighted to also add the Challenge Trophy 100 to the list. Without doubt, RBSS is one of the best shooting grounds in the country and I am thankful to the team for putting on such a great competition.”

Nick Portlock claimed first prize in the AA Class, Gerry Springham and Chris Goodman claimed joint first prize in the A class, Paul Finney and Pete Bridger won joint first prize in the B class and Matt Scott won the C Class. Top Lady Gun was Cheryl Hall and Top Junior was Josh Brown. The prize fund included £400 for High Gun, with cash prizes to third place in all categories.

The three-day competition saw shooters presented with 100 sporting targets over 12 stands plus a 25-bird Compak for the Pool Shoot. RBSS’ course designer Robert Cross commented: “This was a back to basic 100-bird shoot with lots of variety. I combined difficult angles and speed to catch people out. Overall the competition ran very smoothly and felt very relaxed. Congratulations to everyone who took part and we look forward to seeing you again for our next competition.”

Competitors were treated to free refreshments all day plus a complimentary gun cleaning service, with discretionary donations going to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. RBSS’ Managing Director Dylan Williams added: “When we created the Challenge Trophy last year with the CPSA, the idea was to host a registered shoot that raised the bar, which we are delighted to have achieved again this year. We wanted to create a stress-free environment that was void of the dreaded queues. Each squad was assigned one of our eight professional instructors to not only keep score but also explain the form and the targets on each stand. The feedback we received from competitors was phenomenal.”

Richard Worthington, the CPSA’s National Development Manager, was delighted the competition was such a resounding success: “Thanks to RBSS for holding another fantastic CPSA-registered shoot following the inaugural Challenge Trophy last year and huge congratulations to Chris for his outstanding score.”

Challenge Trophy 100 Results –

5th August 2015

Score

High Gun

 

£400.00

Chris Childerhouse

96

AA Class

1st

£125.00

N Portlock

95

 

2nd

£100.00

Phil Easeman

92

 

3rd

£25.00

R Foulds

90

 

 

£25.00

Dan Bishop

90

 

 

£25.00

Steve Lovatt

90

 

 

 

 

A Class

1st

£112.50

G Springham

88

 

 

£112.50

C Goodman

88

 

3rd

£37.50

J Baker

87

 

 

£37.50

D Brunt

87

 

 

 

 

 

B Class

1st

£112.50

P Finney

82

 

 

£112.05

P Bridger

82

 

3rd

£75.00

D Shepherd

81

 

 

 

 

 

C Class

1st

£125.00

M Scott

79

 

2nd

£100.00

M Rutherford

76

 

3rd

£75.00

C Colton

73

 

 

 

 

 

Top Lady

RBSS Vase

 

Cheryl Hall

86

Top Junior

Free lesson at RBSS

 

J Brown

79

RBSS wins Best Shooting Ground at Time Inc Shooting Industry Awards

RBSS wins Best Shooting Ground at Time Inc Shooting Industry Awards

26th May 2015

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School (RBSS) has won the Best Shooting Ground award at the 2015 Time Inc Shooting Industry Awards held at Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel in Coventry, on Thursday 14 May.

The prestigious annual awards recognise the UK shooting industry’s achievements and innovations throughout the previous year. The Best Shooting Ground Award, which was selected via Time Inc magazine readers’ nominations, took into consideration factors such as service, atmosphere, quality of instruction, shooting layout design and customer recommendation.

The 100-acre Royal Berkshire Shooting School, which is based near Pangbourne, offers one of the most comprehensive clay shooting layouts in the UK, has eight full-time instructors and has raised over £23m for charity over its 20-year lifetime.

Will Hetherington, Editor of Shooting Gazette and one of the award judges, commented: “This year RBSS made headlines, not least for laying on the Stratstone Ultimate One competition with one of the biggest prizes in the history of clay shooting. RBSS continues to set the highest standards, with new ideas and investment coupled with a huge amount of hard work from one of the most experienced teams in the business.”

Dylan Williams, Managing Director of RBSS, added: “This fantastic award is a testament to the whole of the Royal Berkshire team from our ground managers and trappers, to our instructors and administrators and rewards their commitment, loyalty, professionalism and hard work. To win a best shooting ground award for the second time in two years is a superb accolade and I am tremendously honoured and proud of this achievement.”

Pippa Middleton officially opens the new-look Royal Berkshire shop

Pippa Middleton officially opens the new-look Royal Berkshire shop

23rd April 2015

Following a major 4-week refurbishment, the all-new shop at the Royal Berkshire was officially opened by Pippa Middleton on Tuesday 21 April.

The award-winning shooting school, which was founded in 1991, has completely overhauled its 1,000 square feet shop to incorporate new and unusual brands such as pheasant feather artist Clare Brownlow, jewellery from BVS, personalised vintage maps from Atlas & I plus tweed clothing from Really Wild, luxury leather goods from Pioneros, Croots and Life of Riley and handmade scented candles from Josephine Montagu. The shop also stocks stalwart brands such as Schoffel, Le Chameau and photographer Charles Sainsbury-Plaice.

On cutting the ribbon, Pippa said: “I am thrilled to be able to attend this event. The shop is a great asset to Berkshire and I am immensely thankful to the RBSS team for supporting the Mary Hare School for deaf children, as their donation will go towards the Sink or Swim Appeal to renovate the swimming pool and changing facilities. ”

Mary Hare’s principal Peter Gale added: “I am pleased to receive a cheque for £1000 from the Royal Berkshire Shooting School. We depend on fundraising and donations to support the maintenance and development of the facilities, which meets the needs of 230 deaf young people from around the UK. I would like to thank Miss Middleton and the Royal Berkshire Shooting School for their continuing support.”

Managing Director Dylan Williams added: “We are delighted that Pippa was able to attend today. She lives locally and is a great ambassador for the rural community. Many of the brands we are now stocking are exclusive to RBSS and not available on the high street – we wanted to offer something exceptional and have worked hard to create a unique shopping experience.”

The Handicap Classic 2015 Finalists have been announced

The Handicap Classic 2015 Finalists have been announced

22nd April 2015

We are pleased to announce the Finalists for the Handicap Classic 2015.

The finalists for the Spirit have also been decided. Who will drive away in their own Rolls Royce Spirit? All will be revealed after the show down on 6th May, keep an eye out on who wins.

Femmes Fatales Cup – Saturday 2nd May – Calling All Lady Shooters

Femmes Fatales Cup – Saturday 2nd May – Calling All Lady Shooters

7th April 2015

The Royal Berkshire Shooting School will welcome the Femmes Fatales on Saturday 2nd May – bringing together ladies with a long standing love for shooting, with those who are keen to experience the sport for the first time. This event is specially tailored to meet the needs of complete novices through to the most serious of competitive clay shots.

Prizes include:
Bespoke Powder Hill Jewellery, A Really Wild Clothing Outfit and more.

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