In 1999, Neil Foden took up judging and was soon collecting bottles of wine, which are, more often than not, given to judges as a thank you for officiating at tournaments.
However, as Neil didn’t drink, this meant that he was amassing an ever increasing number of bottles, and by the end of 2000 this numbered had reached about a dozen, all of which were taking up valuable cupboard space. Neil was also starting to attend more tournaments as his experience grew and his name became more well know, which meant the number of bottles would only increase, so a means of giving them away was required.
Neil’s first thought was to give them to club members, but as he did not want to show any favoritism he came up with the idea of holding a club shoot and award the bottles of wine as the prizes.
However, to make sure that everyone in the club had an equal chance of winning a prize Neil devised the unique structure of the Colour Shoot, which intentionally does not award the archer with the highest score.
Due to the date the shoot was was held, originally around the end of February, beginning of March, the Shoot suffered on several occasions from bad weather which lead to low attendances. Because of this, in 2016, it was decided to hold the shoot at a slightly later date, this being the beginning of April.
When Neil emigrated to Thailand in 2016, he passed on his amassed stock of wine to the tournament officer, which was somewhere in the region of about 35 bottles, so that they could be used to supply the tournament for several years following his departure.
The Colour Shoot was always intended to be a fun shoot and one that members of all shooting abilities could take part in. Some members in the past have decided at the start of the shoot to concentrate on one particularly colour, other than the Gold, in the hope that they would have the most hits for that particular colour at the end of the shoot and thus win a prize, this however was not usually a successful ploy.
The structure of the Colour Shoot is quite simple, as it gives archers of all abilities an equal chance of winning a prize.
The round shot is a Western, 4 dozen arrows at 60 yards and 2 dozen arrows at 50 yards on a 122cm target face. Short Westerns or Junior Westerns are sometimes also included, depending on novice and junior entries.
Scoring is done by counting the number of hits in each of the colour zones, plus petticoats and misses and recording them on a special score sheet. The hits for each colour are totalled at the end of the shoot, with the prizes going to the archers who have the most hits of each individual colour. Archers are only eligible for one award, so if they have the most Golds they are discounted from the other awards.
The results can also be converted to give give a conventional score, which is usually done on the results sheet, so that handicaps and classifications can be awarded to the archers who took part.