Shooting Gazette is also a proud sponsor of this exciting challenge and a donation from each entry will be made to the Gunmakers’ Company Charitable Trust, which sponsors apprenticeships within the British gunmaking trade.
Due to the complexity of the whole undertaking, competitors need to arrive in teams of three, each of whom will have the chance of two drives, and the cost of entry for the whole team is £270. Top performers will be invited to participate in a grand final some time next year.
This is a rare opportunity to experience a taste of the action from the heyday of Edwardian game shooting and to pit yourself against one of the titans of our sport with three guns, two loaders and clouds of pheasants.
It is not an opportunity that should be missed. Shooting Gazette editor Will Hetherington said: “I shot the Ripon Challenge on a sunny day in early autumn, along with editor-atlarge Robin Scott, and with West London’s Chris Douneen helping with the loading and officiating. We chose to do the loading ourselves to get the full experience, but you don’t have to. I’m glad we did because it really makes you feel part of the challenge, and gives you an idea of the concentration and discipline which must have been required of Lord Ripon’s support team. It’s hard to imagine he was sympathetic to any delays or errors in handling. I think Robin and I managed to get the hang of it pretty quickly and we were still talking to each other when we drove home so we must have done OK!
“When it came to the actual shooting, the heart rate rises
Can you emulate Lord Ripon in this unique challenge at West London Shooting School?