Billy Baughan, a 24-year-old construction worker from Buckinghamshire, has won this year’s Game Fair Challenge at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, going home with a Subaru Forester XE CVT car for a year as a prize.
Held over all three days of the countryside festival, the 40-bird English Sporting competition layout was set up by the E.J. Churchill team, in conjunction with George Digweed MBE, and designed to test all abilities.
With two shooters tied on a top score of 38 ex40, Baughan and Adam Du-Rose from Australia had to battle it out in a five-pair shoot-off in front of a packed grandstand at the Shooting Arena. With Baughan taking to the stage first, he held his nerve and shot a clean 10 ex10. That left no margin of error for Du-Rose, who dropped a target on his first pair.
Commenting on the win, Baughan, who used Hull Sovereign fibre cartridges and a 12-bore Miroku MK38 shotgun, said: “It was brilliant to win. The course was really good, challenging, fair but also very enjoyable. I’ve been shooting at The Game Fair for years, but this was my first time entering The Game Fair Challenge and to come away with the Subaru is simply fantastic.”