Kent-based Tristan Hockey, aged 13, came out on top in a dramatic sudden-death final to win the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association’s (CPSA) Colts Challenge on day three of The Game Fair at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.
“I’ve only been shooting competitively for two years,” said Tristan, adding: “It was a good feeling to win after a long, tense shoot-off. This is one of the biggest competitions I’ve won.”
In a tense final, Tristan and Thomas Woodcock from Cheshire both finished joint in first place on a score of 22 ex25, which meant they had to shoot off for first and runner-up positions. After a further round of 10 targets, both shooters once again tied on a score of eight, which meant, under CPSA rules, that a round of sudden death was required to decide the winner. Spectators in the grandstand eagerly waited with bated breath as the pair battled it out in a long shoot off for the title of champion, Tristan edging it to lift the trophy.
He was awarded 750 Lyalvale Express cartridges, whilst Thomas and Charlie Lovatt won 500 and 250 Lyalvale Express cartridges respectively for their second and third place positions. The top three also won a year’s subscription to Sporting Gun magazine, a Musto range bag, as well as a cash prize from the CPSA.
Started in 2009 at The Game Fair, the hugely-popular annual Colts Challenge involves the top 10 colts, based on CPSA rankings, to compete across a 25-bird sportrap layout, with nine of the 10 attending this year’s competition. The shooters were divided into two groups of four and five for the semi-finals, with the top five progressing into a super final to repeat the layout.
Before the super final could take place, with three shooters tied for fifth place, it came down to a shoot off-between Thomas Baker from Kent, Alfie Tibbles from Hertfordshire and Craig Hollick from Bedfordshire. It was side-by-side shotgun shooter Craig who came through victorious.
Iain Parker, chief executive of the CPSA, said: “I was really impressed with how all the colts shot. There was some incredible shooting in the final, considering the weather with the wind blowing the clays around. I was very impressed with the quality of shooting and the colts’ attitude and sportsmanship. They were cheering for each other in the final shoot-off. It was a fantastic event, presenting some really good shots of the future.”