NGO gamekeepers meet for annual clay shoot


Richard Thompson (right) is presented with the Golden Pheasant trophy by Jamie Osborne, NGO Regional Chairman for Beds, Bucks, Herts and Northants.

More than 130 people attended the prestigious Golden Pheasant Clay Shoot which was hosted by the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation for its members this year at Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire on April 7th.

The winner of the Golden Pheasant was Richard Thompson, Headkeeper from the Consall Valley estate in the Staffordshire moorlands. Speaking about the event, Richard said: ‘ It was a very good day with good food and good weather. I shot out of my skin for once.’

He added: ‘Next year we’ll look forward to holding the event here in Staffordshire,’ as traditionally, the winner is given the opportunity to host it the following year.

Tony Smith won the Veterans’ class and Emma Lowrison won the Ladies’ class following an exciting shoot-off with Louise Buckingham. The High Gun and Side-by-Side honours went to James Lacey, Harry Wray won the Under 21s’ class and Karl Hagan won best supporter.

Speaking about the event, Tim Weston, NGO Development Officer said: ‘Thank you to everyone who attended the event, which was well-received, and a special thank you to all our sponsors who make this event possible for the members, including Kings who provide the engraved plates for all the classes and Heygates, MKM Agriculture and Ford, plus the Grounds Manager at Sporting Targets, Tyrone Clark, who did us really proud.’