The Horners' Shooting Group

The Horners compete in the Inter-Livery Shooting Competition which takes place at the Holland & Holland shooting grounds each May. See below for a report on this year's competition.Click here for the Inter-Livery shoot website. The Horners present a Drinking Horn trophy to the highest scoring team consisting only of Members of the Court.

In the weeks before each competition, practice afternoons are arranged at the Bisley Shooting Grounds.

Freemen & Liverymen with shotguns who would like to participate in the event or practice sessions should contact Liveryman John Roll Pickering.

We also hold the 'Bucks & Does' Clay pigeon competition at the Bisley Shooting ground each year. This comprises  of  sporting stands designed to simulate different quarries, and a flurry where teams of four guns attempt to hit 80 clays coming over their heads in random sequences. We very much encourage Lady guns to take part in this competition. Full details of this event are available from Court Assistant Charles Bettinson.

InterLivery Rifle shooting at Bisley.

On 2nd June 2017 a team from the Company, Assistant Martin Muirhead, Liveryman John Roll Pickering and guest Simon Glen, attended “The Outer” a day of target shooting organised by the Bakers’ Company and based at the RAF Target Rifle Club’s pavilion at  the National Shooting Centre, Bisley in Surrey.  On a very hot day we shot four different disciplines, sniper rifle at 300 yards, target rifle at 900 yards, gallery rifle at 25 yards and .44 black powder pistol at 15 yards.   Although competitive with a silver cup and a number of engraved glass tankards available to be won, the emphasis of the day was on enjoyment both of the company of sixteen other teams from Livery Companies and of the excellent hospitality afforded by the hosts; it also generated a donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Inter-Livery Clay Pigeon Shoot 2017

At this year’s event, held on 17th May at the Holland & Holland shooting grounds, the Horners entered two teams.  Our Court Team consisted of Past Master Lynn Walters, Court Assistant Charles Bettinson, Liveryman John Roll Pickering and a guest Mike Berry.  Some heavy showers fell during the day although there was mercifully little wind.  Although most of the targets were familiar from earlier years we still found them to be challenging, especially the High Tower.  The Court Team were places 27th out of a field of 76 places.

Our second, guest, team was manned by our friends from Hazeley Lea Shooting Club.   They were placed second overall winning the prize for non-livery teams.

The Master presented the Horners’ Trophy to the Court Team from the Distillers’ Company

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On 18th May the Horners were represented at the Inter Livery Clay Shooting day at the magnificent Holland & Holland Shooting Ground in West London by three teams, one consisting of Lynn Walters, John Roll-Pickering and myself with a guest, one team consisting of Charles Bettinson and guests and one from the long standing Hazeley shooting friends of the Horners. The day was a typical May spring day; torrential rain, 10C and driving winds!

In all 119 teams of 4 entered making this the largest event in the Holland & Holland calendar. The overall results were very pleasing for the Horners, with the Hazeley guest team winning first overall prize; no mean feat with Lynn’s team coming joint 27th and Charles team joint 40th. The Master also presented the Horners Shooting Trophy to the victorious Court Livery Team