Last-minute replacement steps in to help England gundog team retain Home International title

England’s gundog team needed a last-minute replacement on the final day of the Home International at The Game Fair 2019, but it didn’t do the defending champions any harm.

Adrian Slater stepped in at the 11thhour with his four-year-old English springer spaniel Drummer – also known as Kenquartz Ballycastle Lord – but didn’t just help the team to retain the trophy at Hatfield House on the 50thanniversary of the prestigious competition. The Lancashire handler also finished the two-day competition by winning the individual award for best hunting spaniel, scoring 78 points out of 80.

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Tristan Hockey retains Colts Challenge title at The Game Fair 2019

Defending champion Tristan Hockey has retained the CPSA Colts Challenge title in the annual clay-target shooting competition held at The Game Fair.

The invitational competition involves the top ten ranked colts (clay shooters under the age of 16) in England who can attend on the day to compete for the title. After winning last year, 14-year-old Hockey, from Dartford, has become a familiar face on the clay shooting circuit and triumphed yet again at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire with an impressive score of 23 ex25. 

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Guy Franklin wins his third CPSA Champion of Champions title at The Game Fair 2019

Guy Franklin, representing Sussex, won the CPSA Champion of Champions title for the third time at The Game Fair’s annual clay-target shooting competition. Defending champion Billy Baughan was second after an exciting shoot-off with Chris Orrin.

“I’m absolutely delighted to win Champion of Champions at The Game Fair 2019,” said Franklin. “This is the third time I’ve won the title in the last four years, which really means a lot to me. I’m looking forward to going out to America with the England team [for the World English Sporting Championships] and this is a really good confidence booster.”

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Hailed a roaring success again, The Game Fair underlines its status as one of UK’s premier long-standing events

The 61st edition of The Game Fair, Europe’s biggest annual countryside festival, underlined its status as one of the premier long-standing events in the UK calendar as it came to a close at Hatfield House on Sunday, with visitors, exhibitors and sponsors hailing the event as another big success despite the challenging weather.

Amid changeable conditions, which ranged from temperatures as high as 38.1°C to hail storms and torrential rain, 114,203 visitors came through the gates over three days, confirming the strength and relevance of the event and the passion of visiting communities.

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Five minutes with Urban Wool

The Game Fair: Tell us about how you became interested in producing wool bedding products?

Urban Wool: We love all things natural so the choice to get involved with wool bedding was easy. However, the question of ‘how can we improve on what is already out there’ was our catalyst to actually do something truly different. We wanted a lovely, soft, natural product that had been treated with care and attention to ensure that our items would be labelled as luxurious rather than farm-like.

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