Clay Pigeon Shoot

A 17 year-old swept the board at the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) annual clay pigeon shoot.

Katie Carvey, of Great Smeaton YFC, near Northallerton, took top place honours in all three classes – under 18, overall female and the next age group up, for competitors 26 and under.

The event was held at the Duke of Wellington Shooting Ground, near Northallerton. Being a hot shot runs in the family, as Katie’s father Gordon was a former British junior clay pigeon shooting champion. The family has a mixed farm, with suckler cows, pigs, sheep and arable.

Katie, who works as an apprentice administrator for the National Farmers’ Union, has her sights firmly set on selection for the Great British team.

“I’m going to GB selection shoots and would definitely urge other girls to give it a go,” she said.

“There are a lot more girls taking part these days. I’ve been shooting for about four years and doing competitions for the last two or three years.

“It was a great feeling when the results came in and I’d won all the classes.”

In another sign that Katie means business, she is sponsored by Northallerton Shooting and Countrywear Store.

“It can be quite an expensive sport, so help with my gun and clothes makes a big difference. There is a lot more choice when it comes to what to wear for female shooters now compared to just a few years ago when I started.”

Katie competes using a Browning 725 12-bore and in the winter months goes beating in return for some game shooting days.


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