The Royal Berkshire Shooting School welcomed the Femmes Fatales for the third year running, to celebrate our anniversary with another fabulous event that brings together some of the best female shots in the UK with ladies that are just getting started in the sport. Femmes Fatales favourite shooting ground, impeccably headed by Dylan Williams who together with his team of professional staff always put on a day to remember. Once again, the team at RBSS hosted a seamless event that ran like clockwork.

The targets in the 80 Bird Sporting competition, set by Robert Cross, included something for everyone. Many different styles of targets over nine stands, plus the famous Grouse Sequence! Tackling the targets were over sixty ladies of varying shooting experience, all of whom displayed some great shooting talent whether they were new to competitive shooting or they’ve represented their country in some of the worlds’s major shooting championships.

‘The Experienced Category’
Sponsored By
Clare Shaw
Puretone
Ed Lyons
Sporting Hares
Crabtree Clothing
Gamebore
Clean Heels
& Femmes Fatales 

 

The 2017 Femmes Fatales Cup was young Amy Easeman, a previous winner of the coveted trophy, who scored 72/80 in the Sporting competition plus 9 on the Grouse Sequence. She won a pair of CENS Electronic earplugs from Puretone, a Sports Vision Consultation with Ed Lyons, a beautiful limited edition, signed pheasant print by artist Clare Shaw, 250 Gamebore Evo Cartridges, a pair of Sporting Hares ‘FS17’ wellington boots and a Clean Heels Event Pack along with the FFCup17 Trophy – on behalf of Amy, we’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of the sponsors who generously donated prizes.

Runner-up was current British Open Sporting Ladies Champion Hannah Gibson who scored 71/80 on the English Sporting targets plus 10 on the Grouse Sequence. Hannah’s second place score won her a pair of sunglasses from Sporting Hares, 25o Evo Sporting cartridges from Gamebore, a Musto V Neck jumper donated by Crabtree Country Clothing, plus a Femmes Fatales leather shotgun certificate holder and a pair of ‘Shewolf’ merino wool shooting socks.

In third place, Carole Sawkins scored 66 on the Sporting targets and of course 13 on the Grouse sequence, bagging her 250 Evo Sporting cartridges by Gamebore, a £25 Sporting Hares gift voucher and a pair of our House of Cheviot ‘Shewolf’ socks.

‘The Intermediate Category’
Sponsored by
Rachel Elizabeth Wood
Clean Heels
Sporting Hares
Gamebore
Albion Sporting
Femmes Fatales 

For many of our intermediate shots, this was their very first experience of competitive shooting. There was a varied level of shooting experience among this category, with ladies from all walks of life, all with different tales of how they got in to shooting (many of whom took their first ever shot at a Femmes Fatales event!). They shot the same targets as the Experienced ladies, but this year we created their own category in a bid to increase their chances of winning prizes – and some fabulous prizes they were too!

The highest scoring intermediate shot of the day was Caroline Greenhalgh who scored 63/80 in the Sporting competition plus 12 on the Grouse Sequence. She was presented with the Femmes Fatales Intermediate Trophy, a beautiful ‘Double Pheasant’ necklace made by jeweller Rachel Elizabeth Wood, a set of CENS Proflex Moulded Ear Plus with Shewolf logo, kindly donated by Audiofit, a pair of gorgeous Sporting Hares ‘FS17’ wellington boots, and a Clean Heels Event Pack donated by Ally Stephenson of Clean Heels who joined us for the day to shoot.

In second place was Cheshire shot Kirsty Fenwick who was overcome with emotion as her name was announced during the prize giving. Kirsty put in a score of 62 on the 80 bird Sporting competition, plus 11 on the Grouse Sequence, winning her a pair of Flying Pheasant earrings by Rachel Elizabeth Wood, 250 Evo Sporting cartridges by Gamebore, the gorgeous Albion Sporting canvas cartridge bag and the ‘Birthday Flowers’ sunglasses by Sporting Hares.

Finishing in third place was Yorkshire lady Aimee Hindle who walked away with the Roe Deer earrings by Rachel Elizabeth Wood, 250 Evo Sporting cartridges from Gamebore and a £25 gift voucher from Sporting Hares.

FULL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE

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‘The Grouse Champion’
Sponsored by Royal Berkshire Shooting School

The Really Wild Clay Company is the market leader in arranging and hosting simulated clay days at the UK’s finest estates. Perfect entertainment, whether you’re discovering the excitement of ‘game shooting’ or honing your skills as a markswoman. Up for grabs at the Femmes Fatales Cup, for the lady with the highest score on the Grouse Sequence – a series of fast flying targets that caught out even some of the most experienced shots on the day. The highest score on the flush, a sequence that included a covey of four simultaneous targets, was 13. Three ladies achieved this score; Carole Sawkins, Ruth Harknett and Andrea Myszkowska, but it was Andrea from Cheshire whose name was drawn out of a hat, who won A Peg for 2 on a Really Wild Clay Day. Andrea can’t wait to attend!

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‘The Glorious Twelfth’
Sponsored by DryFire

DryFire is the World’s most recognised training simulator for clay, game and target shooters. Developed and manufactured by Derbyshire based company Wordcraft International Ltd, headed by Andrea Pinnock whose support we have counted on since day one –  this is a superb piece of kit for anyone who’s serious about the sport. Not only did Andrea give away one of these amazing simulators, she also generously hosted The ‘not so Dry’Fire Party the night before the competition – and we can’t thank her enough! The party took place at The Elephant in Pangbourne and welcomed fifty women who enjoyed plenty of drinks, some delicious food and a go on the DryFire simulator. The party went on until the early hours of the morning – no doubt there were a few sore heads on the morning of the Femmes Fatales Cup!

The prize of the DryFire Simulator package went to the ‘Glorious Twelfth’ – the lady finishing in twelfth place over all meaning it could have gone to either an Experienced or an Intermediate shot. The lucky lady was Lancashire’s Chloe Thornton who’s score was 60/80 on the Sporting layout, plus 12 on the Grouse Sequence. She was presented with her prize by Andrea Pinnock.

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‘The Novice Category’
Sponsored By
Kate Latimer Taxidermist
The House of Bruar
Sporting Hares
Gamebore
Clean Heels
& Femmes Fatales

We were delighted to welcome seventeen novices to the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, for a lesson with some top instructors who had them breaking multiple targets throughout the morning. They learned on a range of different styles of targets, whilst scores were kept to determine the best of the novices. We included a Novice category at the Femmes Fatales Cup because we wanted to show newcomers how much fun it is, but also what can be achieved by ladies who take up the sport on a competitive basis. We were delighted that the beginners on the day had the opportunity to meet some of our country’s best female clay shooters and we hope they have been inspired.

The top shot in the Novice category was Annice Rawsthorne who scored an impressive 27/30, followed closely by Marie Punter who broke 26 targets, with a score of 25 securing third place for Suzi Simpson.

FULL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE 

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The “PULL Together” Prize Draw
Sponsored by Fairfax & Favor

 

Among Femmes Fatales members, there’s a lot of love for Fairfax & Favor, so we were thrilled yet again to have them among the sponsors of the Cup. We wanted their beautiful Hurlingham Tote bag (worth £335) to go to one of our guests regardless of her score, so we chose to give it away in a prize draw! The lucky lady whose name was drawn out of the hat was Jacqui Baker from Buckinghamshire and she adores her prize!

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The Sponsors

One behalf of all of our guests, particularly the prize winners, we’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of the generous brands and businesses who have offered to support The Femmes Fatales Cup. Without their help, events like this would not be the same, so we are incredibly grateful that they have chosen to back us, because in doing so, they are backing all women that take part in the sport we love so much.

If you are one of our lucky prize winners, please do take to social media to show your appreciation of these amazing brands…

 

Dryfire

We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have the long established support of Andrea Pinnock of DryFire. She kindly hosted the fabulous ‘Not So Dry’Fire Party the night before the Femmes Fatales Cup, as well as the ‘Glorious Twelfth’ prize, as she was keen to offer a prize to not just the top shots of the day – but the person finishing in twelfth position over all. We were delighted to have Andrea shooting with us on the day, and were pleased to see her presenting the Glorious Twelfth prize (a Dryfire package worth £1000!) to Chloe Thornton.

Puretone

We were delighted to have Puretone, a leading supplier of CENS Digital hearing protection, among the sponsors at the Femmes Fatales Cup. Worn by the world’s most successful shot, twenty-six times World Champion George Digweed, CENS electronic ear plugs are the best of the best.  A pair of custom made earplugs, made to fit the individuals ears perfectly, will be created especially for winner Amy Easeman.

Sporting Hares

We simply adore the Beauchamp Blazers, Fieldsports 17 wellington boots and the gorgeous and quirky KINGS sunglasses by Sporting Hares, so we were delighted to have them among the sponsors at Royal Berkshire. They were incredibly generous with their prizes, kindly sponsoring 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all three categories on the day! We can’t wait to see photos of the ladies wearing their prizes!

Gamebore

World leading shotgun cartridge manufacturer Gamebore is the current winner of the Shooting Industry Awards for both Best Clay Cartridge and Best Game Cartridge – an accolade held by no other ammunition brand. Ever. Gamebore supported Femmes Fatales when it was merely an idea, and have continued to offer unwavering support ever since. A box each of 250 of their Evo Sporting cartridges was presented to Amy Easeman, Hannah Gibson, Carole Sawkins, Kirsty Fenwick and Aimee Hindle.

Clare Shaw Fine Art

Not only is Clare Shaw an incredibly talented artist, whose creations have taken the shooting world by storm of late, she is a truly wonderful human being. Clare is a whirlwind of personality and laughter, and a great supporter of Femmes Fatales. If you’ve been to one of our events across the country, you will have seen one of her magnificent pieces of art on display – and as an extra special treat, Clare kindly gave us a huge, limited edition, signed Pheasant print – soon to be seen hanging on the wall of (two times) Femmes Fatales Cup Champion Amy Easeman!

Rachel Elizabeth Wood

Since launching Rachel Elizabeth Wood as a brand in 2012, Rachel has become one of the leading international contemporary British jeweller/silversmiths with her innovative designs. We were thrilled to have Rachel join us in Berkshire for the pre-shoot party as well as the Femmes Fatales Cup itself, where her designs were a hit with the guests. She kindly sponsored our Intermediate category, presenting winners Caroline Greenhalgh, Kirsty Fenwick and Aimee Hindle each with a stunning piece of her jewellery.

 

Kate Latimer

Quirky eccentric Kate Latimer is a good friend of Femmes Fatales, an undeniable creative talent with a faultless eye for beautiful things. She is a perfectly honed craftswoman, creating unique and beautiful examples of taxidermy. She kindly donated a Taxidermy or Millinery Workshop for Two Guests at her Cotswolds based workshop to learn the craft. Winner of the Novice category, Annice Rawsthorne (and friend!) will spend the day creating a piece of her own, under the expert instruction of one of the most renowned female specialists in the business.

Clean Heels

You may have seen inventor Ally Stephenson of ‘Clean Heels’ appearing on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den on which she impressed the investors, gaining the backing of Kelly Hoppen and Deborah Meaden. You may also have seen her smashing some Skeet clays at Bisley where she’s been learning to slay the clay! We were delighted to welcome Ally at The ‘not so Dry’Fire Party AND to the Cup at Royal Berkshire Shooting School. An absolute legend and total super star. She gave away one of her amazing Event Packs to category winners Amy Easeman, Caroline Greenhalgh and Annice Rawsthorne, as well as giving every guest on the day a pair of her amazing ‘Clean Heels’ heel stoppers in their goody bags!


AudioFit 

Intermediate Champion Caroline Greenhalgh was presented with a voucher by Audiofit, who will be producing a custom made pair of ear plugs bearing the ‘Shewolf’ logo especially for her! These ear plus are a must-have for any shooter – we can’t wait to see the finished article and hope to have this special design available for Femmes Fatales members to purchase very soon!

Really Wild Clay Days 

The Really Wild Clay Company is the market leader in arranging and hosting simulated clay days at the UK’s finest estates. Perfect entertainment, whether you’re discovering the excitement of ‘game shooting’ or honing your skills as a markswoman. We were delighted to see Andrea Myszkowska presented with her prize by RBSS Managing Director Dylan Williams; A Peg for 2 on a Really Wild Clay Day. She’s going to have an amazing day!

Ed Lyons – Sports Vision Consultant

We’re extremely proud to have had award winning Sports Vision Consultant Ed Lyons among our sponsors at this year’s Femmes Fatales Cup. Champion shot Amy Easeman won the Sports Vision consultation; an in-depth, two hour eye examination during which Ed will assess the visual strengths and weaknesses which are relevant and specific to shooting.

Crabtree Country Clothing

This wonderful country clothing store is based at our favourite Lancashire shooting venue, Crabtree Clay Shoot, who regularly welcome the Femmes Fatales for ladies only clay shooting days. They are long time supporters of Shewolf Shoot (and travelled down to Royal Berkshire Shooting School in the ‘Shewolf’ Landrover Defender to spend the day with us, as well as presenting Experienced Runner-Up Hannah Gibson with a gorgeous Musto V Neck jumper from their stunning range!

Albion Sporting

Albion Sporting are British manufacturers of quality, handmade, leather sporting goods. The pieces in their range simply epitomise British luxury at its very best, and we love their beautiful gun slips and cartridge bags in particular, so we were excited to have one of their exquisite cartridge bags among the prizes at the Femmes Fatales Cup. The winner of this beautiful prize was Kirsty Fenwick from Cheshire.

Thank You

 

More Photos Can Be Found Here

Look out for the July issue of ‘The Field’ magazine!

We were absolutely delighted to be joined for the day by Jonathan Young, Editor of The Field; Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the July issue to see more images from the day!