Suffolk-based Henry Bevan, aged 15, came out on top shooting a very impressive 19×25 during the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association’s (CPSA) Colts Challenge final, which took place on day three of The Game Fair®, which was held at Hatfield House, in Hertfordshire. Henry was followed by Karl Miles on 18×25, having also come second in 2016. Oliver Zaitschenko and Chris Orchard had to shoot a further three shoot-offs for third place, with Oliver eventually coming out on top.
Started in 2009, the hugely popular annual competition sees the top 10 Colts based on CPSA rankings compete across a 25-bird Sport Trap layout, with eight of the 10 attending this year’s competition. The shooters were divided into two groups of four for the semi-finals, with the top four progressing to the final to repeat the layout.
The final itself was a tense affair, as Olympic medallist Steve Scott watched along with many of the young shooters’ families and friends on the Subaru Shooting Line. Henry had shot 22×25 in the semi-finals, with no other shooter achieving a score in the 20s.
Henry was awarded 750 Lyalvale Express cartridges, whilst Karl and Oliver won 500 and 250 Lyalvale Express cartridges respectively. All three of the placed shooters won a year’s subscription to a Time Inc. title of their choosing, as well as a cash prize from the CPSA.
Henry, who trains at the Philip Thorrold Shooting Academy, commented: “I’m really pleased. I felt pretty confident going into the finals after I’d shot 22×25 in the first round. I train at the Academy about once a month, but we’ve also got a clay trap at home. I’ve been shooting about two registered shoots a week, so it’s a really great way to top that off.”
Nick Fellows, chief executive of the CPSA added: “This competition is not only an important one for these young shooters, but also a great opportunity to showcase the sport to a wider audience and demonstrate just what it takes to be achieve success in clay shooting competitions. The course this year was challenging, and these young sportsmen demonstrated not only a great level of skill, but also a fantastic sporting demeanour. I’d like to thank our sponsors Lyalvale Express for donating cartridges to the top three, as well as Time Inc for their support, and of course E.J. Churchill and The Game Fair® for laying on the event for us.”