A Hume attends Ladies Clay Day at Roxburghe Shooting School, led by Tracy Meston the most qualified female CPSA instructor in the UK.
Last weekend, Saturday 16 January, Vanessa Murray attended the inaugural Ladies Clay Day at the newly renovated Roxburghe Shooting School of Excellence. The school is set within the spectacular 50,000 acre Roxburghe Estate, home to Floors Castle, the family residence of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe.
The shooting school boasts spectacular countryside, brand spanking new facilities and is run in close partnership with the luxurious Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.
Not many Ladies Clay Days are catered for by an Albert Roux restaurant, or come with the option of popping to the spa after a spell out in the cold. Throw in a team of expert instructors led by charismatic coach, Tracy Meston and we can see why Vanessa was so keen to attend.
Inaugural Ladies Clay Day
Last Saturday’s sell out event was aimed at Ladies of all levels, from far and wide. It was attended by experienced, intermediate and beginners from Ireland, the South East and Perthshire, as well as a few locals.
Fortified after a safety briefing and bacon rolls in the Roxburgh Hotel Golf Clubhouse, Vanessa, an intermediate, was paired at a trap with 4 other ladies and an instructor. The focus was on providing tailored instruction in a relaxed, friendly environment. Vanessa says:
“They pitched it just right. The more advanced ladies brought their own shotguns. I used one from the school that was the perfect weight and size – there’s nothing worse than a gun that’s too big or heavy. The instruction was superb and there was just the right balance between challenge and opportunities for success.”
“The atmosphere was very jolly too. Some people had come together, some on their own, everybody was very friendly and there were ladies of all ages. It’s given me a real taste for it. I’ve had an invitation to shoot in Perthshire from one of the ladies I met on Saturday and I’m going to have a few lessons with Tracy.”
Following a competitive sporting flush finale the ladies retired to the Chez Roux restaurant for an indulgent afternoon tea.
There were prizes for First, Second and Third, sponsored by A Hume. Vanessa also took a few A Hume goodies along to tempt the ladies and if you look closely at the pic of the day you will see several ladies sporting our pom pom hats and Helen Moore headbands.
Tracy is a big fan of A Hume brand Gibson & Birkbeck. She confessed to Vanessa that she has four of the shirts – and indeed a quick peek at the pics on her Twitter and Facebook confirmed that she wasn’t just wearing it for our benefit; she definitely has a thing for G&B. On the day she was wearing the woodcock print – we just love how she’s styled it!
Roxburgh Shooting School Team
Tracy and her partner Stuart Ferguson have a long-standing association with the Roxburghe Shooting School as Stuart’s father, Alistair Ferguson, has coached at the school for over 20 years. Alistair is a Senior CPSA Coach and Scotland National Shooter and Stuart, who was born, bred and raised with shooting, is Senior CPSA Coach and Scotland National Shooter.
As founder and owner of Frock, Stock and Barrel, in Essex, Tracy is a veteran of shooting school management. She and Stuart often visited Alistair in the Scottish Borders and made the decision to re-locate and develop the Roxburghe Shooting School as a family concern when Stuart retired from the army in early 2015.
Running two shooting schools is undoubtedly keeping Tracy busy but plans are already afoot for more Ladies Days, Junior Days and a rather exciting ladies sporting weekend in April in association with Kelso Races and the Roxburghe Hotel. Tracy says:
“We hope to be able to offer a weekend including 2 nights at the Roxburghe Hotel, dinner at Chez Roux, spa visits, a champagne day at Kelso Races on Saturday and shooting on Sunday morning.”
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