On 16th May, 2018 three teams competed for the Horners in this competition which was held at Holland & Holland’s Shooting Ground. Eighty Livery Companies were represented with over 400 guns participating. Our Livery were again well supported by members of Hazeley Lea Gun Club. We also enjoyed the support of our Assistant Clerk, Colin Freedman.
In recent years rain has been a feature of this day. However, this year it was dry but with a cold north wind which influenced the flights of many of the targets that we were seeking to break. In one case, the High Tower, which has a fearsome reputation for fast and distant clays, this was, in fact, an advantage since being launched in a northerly direction they were slowed down by this wind. The other stands sought to replicate a variety of sporting situations including a flush where all four members of a team shoot simultaneously at the 80 clays which are sent in small groups within a two minute slot.
The Horners’ teams all returned respectable score although no prizes were won. After the usual excellent lunch featuring spit roasted pigs and other culinary delights, the prize givings took place. These included the Horner’s Trophy for the best Court Team which was presented to the Gunmakers’ Court team by Past Master Keith Pinker.
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