It has been the annual tradition at Royal Berkshire Shooting School for 15 years that Sporting shooters can warm up for the competition season at one of the most welcoming events in the calendar: The Clay Shooting Handicap Classic.
Starting on 8 February, the competition gives club shooters and enthusiasts from lower classes the chance to be pitted against the best shooters in the sport – but with a great opportunity to beat them and take home the top prize of a Browning Heritage Hunter worth £5,789.
The competition will run for 11 weeks with the top 40 CPSA handicap scores and the top 20 RBSS handicap shooters being invited back to the final on 3 May. It will comprise 100 clays, including a Laporte Compak Challenge and the ground’s infamous grouse sequence. Targets will be set by Royal Berkshire’s long-time course-setting expert Robert Cross, who shall test and entertain shooters with a range of clays for all abilities.
A mix of weekly, periodical, team, individual and raffle prizes will be presented throughout the course of the competition thanks to the support of multiple sponsors. Brand new for this year is Laporte, and to celebrate the partnership with Royal Berkshire Shooting School, the trap company will present a Sport Trap 185 PC 6C Pro to the highest scoring individual on the Laporte Compak Challenge.
Each week’s High Gun will take home £150 and 250 Gamebore White Gold cartridges, the Runner Up will win £75, and Third Overall will be presented with a further 250 cartridges. By the end of the competition, 5,500 White Golds will be given away along with £2,475 in cash. More cash will be presented via the Classic Accumulator, which will take £1 from each entry and pay out after week six and week 11 to the highest actual scores from these periods.
In the team competition, squads of four shooting together will be entered into the Bubbly Challenge, and the highest scoring team will receive a bottle of Tattinger each. And a further prize will be presented to any one of the shooters that enter the Clay Shooting Handicap Classic at random – a two-hour lesson including cartridges and clays at Royal Berkshire Shooting School courtesy of Stratstone.
The Clay Shooting Handicap Classic is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day shooting with friends but will also prove a perfect way to get in the zone to start the season. The handicap set-up means the best will shoot in the full knowledge that B and C-class competitors could steal the top prize if they are on their game.
Entry costs just £49, and if you want to re-enter on the same day you will get £5 discount the second time around.
Pre-booking is necessary, so. To stay in tune with the top scores each week, keep an eye on the Clay Shooting magazine website – www.clay-shooting.com – for regular updates.