The World English Sporting Championships took place in San Antonio, Texas on 27-28 April, and a large British contingent travelled across the Atlantic hoping for glory. That glory came in the form of Richard Faulds.
The success arrived just eight weeks after Faulds started shooting with a new Guerini gun, and marks the first major result since switching to the Anglo-Italian firm. Both he and his wife Tanya have been on good shooting form since using the new brand, with Tanya posting two personal bests at Southdown in March.
Richard was the only Brit to crack the top five in the United States this year, but he faced tough competition from the home team, with particular pressure coming from Bobby Fowler.
Faulds set out early to post 95 on the Winchester/Browning course and establish a lead; he then followed with 98 on Beretta/Laporte, and 20 in the final shoot-off.
George Digweed managed a total score of 205 and was the only other British competitor to crack the top 15. Ben Husthwaite reached 16.
Otherwise, the United States dominated the individual and team sport events, with 16 of the top 20 in M class not requiring an international visa. Canada’s Shawn Stitt was the only other nationality to feature in the final shoot-off, and he finished with a total score of 202.
A full review of the event will be available in the July issue of Clay Shooting magazine.