The weather was perfect, the Thimbleby Shooting Ground was a brilliant setting and the staff and volunteers did a brilliant job in ensuring the day ran smoothly.
There was a massive turnout far exceeding our expectations with 156 entries in the individual 100 bird sporting and 13 teams entered in the 200 bird Grouse flush.
100 Bird Sporting
O/All : 1st Place – Gareth Maund (87), 2nd Place – Andy Telford (86), 3rd Place Andy Coulson (84)
Grousekeeper : 1st Place – Andy Coulson (84), Joint 2nd Place – Michael Wearmouth and Roger Ayton (81)
Grousekeeper Under 25 : 1st Place – Robert Peart (71), 2nd Place – Ryan Parker (64), 3rd Place – Ben Mountain (63)
Ladies : 1st Place – Katie Carvey (60), 2nd Place – A Coulson (58), 3rd Place – Sarah Read (49)
200 Bird 4 Man Team Grouse Flush
1st Place – Stanhope, 2nd Place – Rosedale, Joint 3rd Place – Settrington & Pennyholme
And not forgetting the 2 special number prizes for Scott Jopling and Peter Snaith.
The presentations were made by Snilesworth head Gamekeeper Jimmy Shuttlewood to all of the winners, with the exception of the highest placed Grousekeeper presented by Sophie-Ann Wilson with the “Dave Wilson” Memorial trophy in memory of her late husband, a gamekeeper who lost his life in a tragic accident on an estate earlier in the year. The prizes for the winners have been kindly donated by NYMMO estates, Northallerton Shooting & Countrywear, L&A Dent Game Dealers, Connolly’s Red Mills dog food, BASC, Taste of Game and Gilsan Sports.
Thank you to everyone who helped us make this day possible, Thimbleby Shooting Ground for allowing us to host, S.G. Petch for the use of the Isuzu Utah to transport all the “gear”, everyone who generously supplied us with raffle prizes, all of the keepers who took on scoring roles and of course Jimmy Shuttlewood for his presentation, raffle giving and also auctioning skills.
The day was without doubt a resounding success and we are proud to say that we have raised £4,415.65 for NYMMO and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Hope to see you all again next year for more of the same.