This year’s Beretta World was held at Windwhistle Farm near Salisbury, in conjunction with Greenfield Guns. Sitting as it does at the top of a valley, in picture-perfect Wiltshire, Windwhistle Farm was a popular choice for the event this year.Once again, we were blessed with the weather, although Sunday afternoon did provide us with a taste of how the farm got its name!
There was much praise for the course which was created with meticulous attention to detail by Matt Gowan from Greenfields, with Will Thatcher as consultant. They created a technical course with some game shooting features, that made ingenious use of the beautiful downs’ valley setting. They also, rather impressively, predicted the score of 115 to win, which Taylor Hedgecock almost obligingly provided, only missing by one target!
Taylor has been a loyal Beretta shooter throughout his shooting career. In fact, he has just moved on to the DT11, only receiving the gun two weeks before the Beretta World Championships. Shooting on Saturday at Windwhistle was only the third time he had shot the gun and it delivered his first major title win with his brilliant score of 114/120.
Taylor was joined on the podium by Richard Bunning scoring 113/120 and Connor Gorsuch in third with 112/120. They won a Beretta 694 Sport, a 687 Silver Pigeon III Sport and an A400 Excel, respectively.
Special mention should be given to Will Page who won the juniors with an impressive score of 107/120 and Charlie Faulds, colts winner on 105/120.
Our thanks also to Ali Thorne and the team at Windwhistle Farm for a faultless event. Everything ran like clockwork, with excellent catering to boot.