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Challenge The Greats – The Results

Over the duration of The Game Fair 2017 at Hatfied House, Fieldsports Magazine hosted three clay shotting competitions. The Lord James Percy Grouse Challenge, the Simon Ward High Pheasant Challenge, and the new and exciting George Digweed Pigeon Challenge, proved hugely popular.


E.J. Churchill set the course and some incredibly challenging sequences and kept score throughout. The scores to beat were set by Lord James, George and Simon in front of a sizeable audience on Friday morning, the opening day of The Game Fair. Fieldsports game shooting guru Simon Ward kick-started proceedings with an impressive 19/20 on the High Pheasant Challenge. After some friendly teasing between George and Lord James, the scores to beat on the Lord James Percy Grouse Challenge and George Digweed Pigeon Challenge were 16/20 and 18/20 respectively. Then it was up to The Game Fair visitors to try and match or better them. An impressive prize bundle, and of course bragging rights, were up for grabs to the high gun each day.

All three Challenges were hotly contested and over the course of the three days, two shoot-offs were required to determine a winner in the event of joint high scores. On Saturday, Cheryl Hall pipped Henry Arnold in the shoot-off for high Gun on the Grouse Challenge, whilst John Heagren and Chris Childerhouse went head to head for the top spot on the Pigeon Challenge on Sunday – which was won by Chris with an outstanding score of 19.

The high Guns from each day and challenge are listed below…

The Simon Ward High Pheasant Challenge:

Friday – Brad Faulkner (16/20)

Saturday – Louis Mondesir (18/20)

Sunday – John Heagren (18/20)

The Lord James Percy Grouse Challenge:

Friday – Andy Bennett (17/20)

Saturday – Cheryl Hall (14/20)

Sunday – Chris Childerhouse (18/20)

The George Digweed MBE Pigeon Challenge:

Friday – Andy Bennett (18/20)

Saturday – Andy Coulson (19/20)

Sunday – Chris Childerhouse (19/20)