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On the Peg: A Morning of Country Style & Shooting at West London Shooting School

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Last week we were delighted to host a morning of country style and shooting with Hicks & Brown at the West London Shooting School, in association with Wardfield Sporting. The day was a lovely opportunity to gather people who have been a great support to us, and introduce the brand to others. We were joined by blogger Hattie West (along with her gorgeous little dog Luna!), presenters Marissa Montgomery and Alex Hammond, and the girls from Tatler, Country Life and Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar. 

The morning commenced with a shoot essential: a breakfast of bacon rolls and a hot drink in the beautiful Purdey Room within the manor house. Our guests had the opportunity to don their Fairfax & Favor boots before heading out to the grounds to greet the sun – it was, as Hattie West put it, “so great to be doing something so different to the usual Tuesday morning!”

Sophie Kirkpatrick, Lucy Kebbell, Marissa Montgomery and Rosie Turner ‘shoot’ the breeze in between shots.

The first portion of the morning was an entirely new experience for some of the group, having been their first ever opportunity to shoot, whereas for others, it was an opportunity to brush up on well-established skills. Whatever the skill level, we knew we were all in safe hands with the expert instructors of the shooting school leading the way.

Hattie West’s pup Luna was on the look out to pick up any loose clays!

After working our way through the stands, it was time to head back to the house for the chance to take a sneak peek at the season’s new pieces from Fairfax & Favor and Hicks & Brown. We had the chance to show off our new luggage pieces, including the Hurlingham Tote, the Pembroke and the Cadogan Travel Bag. With the help of a little light refreshment, it wasn’t long until we were ready to head back out and finish the course.

The group watch the first of the clays fly sporting their Hicks & Brown Fedora hats

After more shooting, it was time for the final challenge: the flush. 30 clays escaped the traps including simulated high birds, crossers, and even rabbits, and it was each team’s job to miss as little as possible. It was almost too close to call, but congratulations to Fairfax & Favor co-founder Marcus Fountaine for leading the winning team to glory!

The winning team, clockwise: Hattie West, Victoria Marston of Country Life, Olivia Bourke, Marcus Fairfax Fountaine, Violet Stopford, Luna (West), resident Lab Musto and expert instructor Paul.

After the adrenaline rush of the flush, the group was more than ready for a delicious lunch of Grilled Chicken with all the trimmings, perfectly topped off by a Lemon Meringue Roulade for dessert. It was here that a few of the first time shooters started comparing what Lucy Kebbell called their “war wounds” they were proud of.

The table was dressed beautifully by Wingfield Digby

After lunch, each guest left with a goodie bag full of treats from Fairfax & Favor, Atlas & I, Foxdenton Estate Gins, County Equestrian Jewellers and Wingfield Digby. We couldn’t have wished for a better location, with Sky Sports Alex Hammond calling the grounds “perfect” and Tatler’s Pip Durell praising the “heavenly” shooting instructors.