Hartpury sharp shooters secure clay shooting titles

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Hartpury College student Will Allan claimed first place at the recent University Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships, hosted by the Schools Challenge. L to R: Liam Ambrose, Will Allan, Rupert Clark, Matthew Davies.

Will, a final year Agriculture student, took the victory in a shoot-off with another competitor, having scored an impressive 91 out of 100.

The Schools Challenge is the largest young shots' organisation in the United Kingdom, with a focus on teaching shooting skills to the next generation. The championships that Will won were set up in 2010 to allow individuals at colleges and universities to compete against each other.

After his individual triumph, Will went on to help spearhead a triumphant team performance in the British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC) Gamekeeping College Clay Shoot, where Hartpury finished first out of 22 teams from colleges across the country.

The event was held at the Doveridge Clay Sports Club in Derbyshire and the Hartpury representatives - Will, Liam Ambrose, Rupert Clark and Matthew Davies – were in fine form to secure the top prize.

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Janatha Stout, Head of Agriculture at Hartpury, said: “All of the students who represented Hartpury in these competitions performed extremely well, and we are very proud of them.

“All of our agriculture and gamekeeping students have the chance to shoot every Wednesday afternoon and we also enter them into various competitions throughout the academic year.”

Students on the two-year Countryside Management (Game) BTEC Level Three Diploma at Hartpury benefit from the very best teaching and equipment, with the College having recently invested in a brand new incubator.

They are fully involved in rearing the pheasants and partridges, protecting them from predators and in disease prevention. Gamekeeping students also get the chance to work with the College’s 70-strong red deer herd at Maisemore, rearing and handling them from birth. Hartpury also boasts its own fishing lake.

Students also gain practical experience in countryside management, including coppicing trees, fencing, hanging gates, managing woodland habitats and greenwood crafts. They also learn to weld and about pest and predator control. The course also includes a business module.

To apply for a gamekeeping or countryside management course at Hartpury or for more information, visit www.hartpury.ac.uk

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