This year’s Capercaillie Shoot was held at Essex Shooting School on 17th September. A fine take up of fifteen people was unfortunately decimated by the usual business fall out, but even more sadly by several health issues; let’s hope they are all in better health now. The remaining participants however had a most enjoyable day, novices and more experienced people alike.
A traditional breakfast of bacon rolls was followed by training and practice for the first part of the morning and all in most unexpected good weather. After another break for refreshments an “English Sporting” competition was held for all competitors with trophies according to ability. WCIT members were also competing for the Capercaillie Cup.
Some difficulties with the airline bringing WCIT Freeman Dr Jeff Mahood from his remote part of Scotland left him without his beloved side by side, despite having flown with it before and having booked it in with them for this trip. Luckily the school had a gun they could lend him. During practice he persuaded WCIT Freeman Nick Harris, a confirmed O/U user, to have a go; the gun turned out to be for sale and Nick ended up going home with it.
Nick was high gun for the day and also won the cup. He said that the victory was a little marred by the fact that WCIT Liveryman; Otto Benz couldn't be there for the day to defend his title, held for the last two Capercaillie Shoots. The runner up was Ben Harris.
The High Gun Novice was Rob Snow - for the second year running - no more novice for you Rob! The Runner Up Novice was WCIT Liveryman Kimball Bailey - a very welcome new face to the event.
The Capercaillie Shoot for 2014 has been provisionally booked for the 16th September, please contact Nick Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.