Here's how to get involved
The Clay Shooting Classic is set to be one of the Sporting highlights of the year, so book your place now for 28-30 May at Orston Shooting Ground.
The eagerly awaited Clay Shooting Classic is getting nearer, with just a couple of months to go. Bookings are filling up – and we’ve exciting news about a new sponsor, with a stunning Blaser F16 Sporter G4 worth £3,648 added to the prize pot!
Highlight of clay shooting calendar
The Classic is firmly established as one of the highlights of the clay shooting calendar, with a long history of exciting targets, stiff competition and a terrific atmosphere.
The 2019 event, run by Steve Lovatt at Garlands SG, raised the bar, and for 2020 the Classic was due to be held at the fabulous Orston Shooting Ground in Nottinghamshire – where Dan and Emily Martin and their team promised to host a memorable competition with plenty of new challenges.
Of course the Covid pandemic scuppered those plans, but now the Classic has been rescheduled for the end of May this year. With the roadmap clearly set out for a return to shooting, Dan, Emily and the team are looking forward to showing the potential of their 53-acre site, with the grounds in tip-top condition and equipped with over 50 brand new Promatic traps. Any Covid restrictions will of course be followed to the letter, making the shoot safe and enjoyable by all.
There’s also a massive prize pot promised (see breakdown below), with some generous cash prizes for the classes and categories, including ladies, veterans, juniors and colts. With the new sponsorship from Blaser, there’s also a Blaser F16 Sporter G4 shotgun to be won. Plus we’re in negotiations with other big name sponsors – so watch out for more exciting announcements!
With one of the finest clubhouses in the UK and catering facilities to match, Orston will provide top notch hospitality and facilities. A large marquee will be attached to the clubhouse to provide extra tabled seating, along with a chill out area with sofas. Blaser and Teague are just two of the names who will be displaying their products in the trade village.
The Orston gun shop on site stocks most of the major brands of shotguns, ammunition and accessories, so hopeful shooters will have access to some of the latest and finest kit throughout the event. Orston is one of the largest stockists of Pilla performance eyewear and will have demo sets available for clients to try when shooting.
As in previous years the competition will consist of 150 targets, shot over two 75-bird courses. Each course, red and blue, will consist of 11 stands, including a couple of 5-bird ‘singles only’ stands.
Dan plans to use the full range of Promatic clays in standard, midi, mini, battue and rabbit sizes and colours including black, orange, pink, green and blue. “To add to the variety of targets, we’re also bringing in four 65ft access lifts,” he says.
“I will be aiming to present targets that are enjoyable for all abilities, using varieties and contrasts of speeds, distances and angles. The lake at the far side of the site will be used as part of the Sporting course adding an extra element to the target presentations.”
The event always attracts Britain’s very best Sporting shots, and the 2019 competition saw a dramatic last-minute victory by Richard Faulds, who shot in one of the last squads and stormed through to win outright, one target ahead of a handful of top shots who had tied on 138 and were already gathering for the anticipated shoot-off for the title.
Who will scoop the coveted trophy this year? That’s anyone’s guess, but whether you’re a top shot or in it for the fun of shooting, you’ll need to get booked in without delay as places fill up fast.
Find all the details you’ll need to get yourself involved here. Please note that we’re booking Friday-Sunday first, and any further days will be opened up in due course, subject to demand.