Richard triumphed over shooters from as far afield as South Africa and Australia to win the ICTSF Championship.
Scoring 87 on the blue course and 93 on the red, he finished the main event on 180 ex-192, a score only beaten by Chris Daniels on 181, and qualifying him for the 50 bird semi-final. Richard came through this with a 46, going through to the 25 bird super final – level with James Atwood and Sam Green. Richard’s 23 in the final put him two points ahead of Atwood, and made him the 2017 ICTSF World Champion.
In the categories, Australian Renae Birgan pipped Cheryl Hall to the Ladies title with 166. Aaron Harvey became Junior Champion on 179 and Steve Brightwell did the same in the Veterans on 177. Ian Palmer and Ian Halwood went head to head in a shoot-off for Super Vets after they both finished on 158, with Halwood coming out on top. The Colt Champion was Marcus Tullberg on 162.
England had a clean sweep, collecting the Senior, Lady, Junior, Veteran and Super Veteran honours.
For full coverage of this much talked of shoot, see the August issue of Clay Shooting Magazine.