This year marks the 14th year for the KTFMC Sporting Clays shoot. After holding the event for the previous thirteen years at Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owenton, Kentucky, the KTFMC Board determined that a change of venue was in order. This year’s event was held in Wilmore, Kentucky at the Bluegrass Sportsman’s League. Not only was there a new location this year but a change in day and time as well. The event took place on Monday August 26th with registration starting at noon and the shooting beginning at 1pm. Snacks and drinks were provided as well as gift bags on the golf carts for each of the shooters.
The course provided a variety of easy and challenging shooting situations and the common theme among the competitors was that they really liked the variety. For those not familiar with sporting clays each shooter fires at 100 targets. The targets are arranged in stands and are designed to mimic hunting situations that one would encounter in the field.
Local veterinary clinics participated in “The Clinic Challenge” within the tournament. Participants included Park Equine, Rood and Riddle, Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Boehringer-Ingelheim sponsored t-shirts for the clinic teams. Rood and Riddle’s team consisting of Brad Tanner, Woodrow Friend, and Charlie McKinlay took first place and took home the revolving trophy. Second place went to the Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine team which consisted of Tom Seahorn, Wes Sutter, and Joe Layman. Third place went to Hagyard Equine Team #1 with team members Sam Schalnus, Mark Eslick, and Stuart Brown.
The top individual winner of the tournament this year was TomSeahorn representing Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine with a score of 96. The traditional bottle of bourbon that goes to the shooter with the lowest score went to Shawhan Place’s Ted Kuster. The overall winning team was the Rood and Riddle team, with Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine taking second. The Ashford team of Richard Barry, Clay Brannen and Larry Troitino took home the third place trophy. Each of the winning teams took home gift cards for Cabela’s .
Classic Arms and Archery of Lexington donated a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle as a door prize which was won by Sam Schalnus. This year’s raffle featured a two person half- day quail and pheasant hunt donated by Shags-Run Kennel and Farm LLC in Berry, Kentuckywhich was won by Shawhan Place’s Gus Koch. Additional door prizes included flats of shot gun shells donated by Antique and Modern Firearms, a gun cleaning kit and a $100 gift card for Bluegrass Sportmen’s League. The day was finished up with late lunch catered by Bayou Bluegrass Catering.