David Penn, John Cavana and Shane Wood are picked as this year’s Best Dressed Keepers at The Game Fair

For the first time in The Game Fair’s 59-year history, the turn-out of gamekeepers ­was celebrated in its Best Dressed Keeper competition at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, last weekend.

Sponsored by leading country lifestyle brand Le Chameau, the inaugural competition celebrated the hard work and immaculate presentation of gamekeepers throughout Britain. The daily competition was open to part or full-time, male or female, amateur or professional gamekeepers. With no entry fee, roaming judges included writer Claire Zambuni, Countryside Alliance’s Jill Grieve and Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club’s Victoria Knowles-Lacks, who approached keepers in tweeds over the course of each morning and invited them to take part in the competition held in the Brewin Dolphin Main Arena.

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Great Britain wins Euro Challenge at The Game Fair

On home soil, the Great Britain team reclaimed victory for a second year in a row, in the Euro Challenge at this year’s Game Fair, held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Now in its 16th year, the gundog competition was entered by teams from all over Europe including Great Britain, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Top prizes awarded to winners of the distance fly casting championships at The Game Fair

Angling enthusiasts were wowed by the support lent to the British Fly Casting Club (BFCC), organisers of the distance fly casting championship finals, held at The Game Fair, at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire last weekend.

Competitors cast in qualification rounds over the weekend in the hope they qualified for the Championship finals on the Sunday afternoon, whilst others competed in the daily competition events. Entrants were each provided with casting outfits for all events, except the Spey championship where they could cast using their own outfit. An allocated time of three minutes was permitted for casting in the single-handed trout distance and four minutes for all other competitions.

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The Game Fair’s brand new venue hailed a huge success as it brings together town and country

Organisers of the 59th Game Fair are celebrating after 116,326 people attended the three-day event last weekend, which was an 8% increase on the previous year. The event was held at a brand new venue just from 21 miles from London – Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

The Game Fair was opened on Friday morning with a spectacular 59-gun salute on Gunmakers’ Row. As the world’s largest outdoor fieldsports-themed show, much-loved attractions included gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fly fishing, coarse fishing, falconry, ferreting and of course shooting which took place on Europe’s largest shooting line consisting of traps, layouts and varied disciplines.

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The Game Fair Beer

Come and Enjoy a pint of McMullens Googly at The Game Fair. The McMullen & Sons Sentinel Steam Lorry has been lent in support of The Game Fair’s selected charity, the Lord’s Taverners. Around 100 years ago such vehicles would have been common sight in Hertfordshire as they replaced the dray horses for longer journeys.

Macs, as they are locally known, have been brewing in Hertfordshire since 1827 and this is their 190th anniversary year.

A beer commemorating the 2017 Game Fair and in support of the Lord’s Taverners. £1 from each pint sold will be donated to this charity. A subtle biscuity flavour from pale ale and amber malts. Mixed with the citrus flavours of Styrian Goldings and English Fuggle hops, this is a light and refreshing ale.

Light Pale Ale

3.8%

Traditional Cask

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The Game Fair® announces new fundraising competition: Shoot with the Stars

The Game Fair®, which is being held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, has announced a brand new clay shooting competition that will raise money for the event’s official charity, Lord’s Taverners.

Shoot with the Stars will see nine of the country’s best shooters being paired with nine well-known television personalities, sportsmen and women or entertainers, while the third place on each team will go to the highest bidder in a silent auction, which is being run by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA).

The Shoot with the Stars competition, which will be held on Saturday 29 July at 14:30, will be over a Sportrap layout, and the silent auction, which is already open, will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 26 July.

The shooter/celebrity teams are: Leading international clayshooter Mark Winser and Matthew Hoggard MBE, former English cricketer; Fitasc World Champion Cheryl Hall and TV presenter Phil Spencer; Olympic bronze medallist Trap shooter Steve Scott and Craig Newby, former All-Blacks player;  2016 English Open Sporting shooter Chris Childerhouse and Lawrence Hill, singer on The Voice; English Compak champion Guy Franklin and Alex Hammond, Sky Sports News racing expert; Olympic gold medallist in Double Trap Peter Wilson MBE and David James MBE, former England goalkeeper; 2016 British Open Sporting Ladies champion Hannah Gibson and Josh Patterson of Made in Chelsea fame; with two more teams to be announced.

James Gower, managing director of The Game Fair®, said: “We’re very excited about the Shoot with the Stars competition, and we are grateful for the CPSA for organising it. I think it’ll be fun and exciting to watch and it’s a fantastic way of raising more money for the Lord’s Taverners, which is an incredibly worthwhile charity. Pitching the stars of the shooting world against other celebrities is a brilliant idea and I think anyone who wins a place on one of the teams will be in for a great afternoon.”

Nick Fellows, chief executive of the CPSA, commented: “This event is a really exciting showcase for clay shooting, highlighting just a few of the many well-known personalities who enjoy our sport. Offering the opportunity to join teams of top shooters opens the door to shooters from any walk of life to enjoy the spotlight briefly and one will be part of the winning team at The Game Fair. All funds raised will go to the nominated charity, The Lord’s Taverners, adding to the hundreds of thousands of pounds raised annually for charity by clay shooters.”

Paul Robinson, CEO of Lord’s Taverners, commented: “We are thrilled and very grateful to be The Game Fair’s chosen charity this year for the first time. Although the work we do enabling disadvantaged and disabled young people to participate in sport is both important and serious, the Taverners is known for putting the fun in fundraising. And so the ‘Shoot for the Stars’ pro-celebrity shoot typifies this philosophy. I would like to thank the CPSA, the professional shooters and our celebrity participants for their support in helping us to raise funds and thus improve numerous young lives for the better.”

 

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LADIES DAY

Female visitors are invited to dress to impress at The Game Fair® on Friday 28 July which is themed Ladies’ Day, sponsored by the distinctly British clothing brand Welligogs and supported by County Equestrian Jewellers.

Whatever your style, why not dress up for the occasion and be in with a chance to win a stunning prize: the choice of a jacket and pair of boots from Welligogs worth £600 as well as a voucher for County Equestrian Jewellers worth £150. Ladies’ Day scouts will be out and about on Friday morning to spot and invite those they deem suitable contenders to attend the judging, which will take place on the Welligogs stand at 14:00 on Friday. If you aren’t spotted, however, don’t be dismayed: you are still invited to enter, by simply turning up to the stand.

Ladies will also be able to take advantage of a range of events, discounts and promotions available throughout The Game Fair® on Friday, as many exhibitors will have unbeatable offers for the event.

Welligogs is a traditional family business and was the first company to introduce hand-painted designs onto rubber boots in the UK and Europe. The company moved from producing rubber boots to high-quality leather waterproof and breathable boots in 2008, adding clothing that is distinctly British in style as well as cutting-edge in terms of fashion. For more information, please visit www.welligogs.com.

County Equestrian Jewellers is an authentic British equestrian jewellery brand that celebrates individuality with its unique and striking designs. All pieces are handmade in Worcestershire by second-generation jewellery maker Chris Stead, who runs the family business with his partner Christina Peppercorn. For more information, please visit www.equestrianjewellers.co.uk.

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