CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING CHAMPS SET THEIR SIGHTS ON BROUGHTON SHOW AGAIN
THE EXHILARATING sport of clay pigeon shooting will once again be a major draw at Broughton Show under the expert eye of former English champions Bob and Angela Agar.
The husband and wife team run the Yorkgate Gun Club and Shooting School, situated on top of glorious Otley Chevin and have set their sights on pulling in a large crowd of enthusiasts and spectators at Broughton in June.
Bob and Angela stage the shooting competitions there annually, and are best known for being the English Husband and Wife Clay Pigeon Shooting Champions of 2006.
Shooting is in the blood for the pair, Bob’s father having run the well-known gun shop in Cross Green, Otley for years.
Bob says: “I started as a young boy shooting with my father, and worked my way up from there. I have been running the club for 30 years.”
Now Bob and Angela, who beat 30 couples to win the coveted 2006 title in Somerset, are looking forward to giving expert advice to competitors and any visitors who fancy a shot at the popular show.
“Clay pigeon shooting is increasingly becoming a very popular sport and England fields some very fine competitors.
“I set up the clay shooting competition at Broughton from scratch nearly 20 years ago. It’s always a superb draw and we are hoping for a very good attendance this year.
“More than 20,000 go to the game show and there will be over 200 entries in the clay competitions – in fact it was described by Clay Shooting magazine as the biggest one day shoot in the country and has an excellent reputation. Competitors over the years have included former British, English and European champions. A lot of the top shots will be there.
“It’s a 30 bird sporting, over five stands.
“But the message to anyone coming to the show is that anyone from ten to 100 years old can come along and have a try – we have special supervised stands for such, as well the events for the competitive shooters.”
Aside from Broughton, Bob and Angela’s popular Yorkgate Gun Club, situated behind the Royalty Inn on Otley Chevin, provides an ideal venue for clay pigeon shooting, overlooking some of Yorkshire's finest scenery.
The club provides facilities for English Sporting and DTL (Down the Line) disciplines for the experienced shot or beginner.
Bob adds : “We are covered by Section 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968, which permits the use of shotguns by non-certificate holders under supervision.
“It’s a Sunday morning sport – just like a game of golf – I’ve got 50 or 60 members here from all over the county.
“We also do a lot of corporate events and coaching, and it’s always very popular when the ‘season’ is on.
“We also stage annual events at Kirkby Overblow, Bolton Abbey and other local areas. It’s a tremendous sport which teaches you a lot of discipline but it also enjoyable.
“ You don’t actually need to bring too much along with you. Common Sense, warm clothing, sensible shoes and a willingness to have a go and learn! We provide the knowledge, the gun, the clays, the cartridges, ear defenders, shooting glasses and a relaxed atmosphere for people to shoot in and we hope to replicate that at Broughton again this year.”
The club meets on Sunday mornings and, in the summer, Tuesday evenings and by special arrangement on Saturdays.
Bob is also available for advice on the purchase of guns, (some which can cost as much as £25,000 for a pair), and is an expert on the care of guns and the laws relating to keeping guns.
The website is at http://www.yorkgategunclub.co.uk.
Bob is pictured here with wife Angela at the shooting ground behind the Royalty, on Otley Chevin, and with shooter Mark Nelson, taking aim, and other members of the club.