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On Thursday, April 27th, Emilia and J. Pepe Fanjul hosted the “Pre-Shoot Cocktail Party & Dinner” at Minitas Beach Club to welcome guests and participants of the 36th annual Sugar Shooting Tournament. Despite the tournament starting on Monday, April 24th, with practice clays at the Casa de Campo Shooting Center and the first European-style Driven Bird Shoot at Rancho Peligro on Tuesday, the “Pre-Shoot Cocktail Party & Dinner” has always taken place on the Thursday of the event, as it is a nod to the tournament’s history.

When J. Pepe Fanjul founded the tournament 36 years ago, the Casa de Campo Shooting Center was smaller, with the Sugar Shooting tournament being shot over just four days. However, fifteen years later, following the new Director of Shooting appointment, Shaun Snell, the new shooting facility at Rancho Peligro for European Style Driven Bird Shooting was opened, growing the tournament from a four-day event to the six-day event it is today.

After enjoying the impressive facilities at the Casa de Campo Shooting Center and Rancho Peligro, guests enjoyed a pleasant evening sipping cocktails, enjoying good food, and chatting about who may be crowned the tournament champion. With so many world-class shooters in attendance, there were also discussions about shooting worldwide and the different styles of shooting found across the globe.

The Sugar Shooting tournament continued at the Casa de Campo Shooting Center on Friday and Saturday, with the prize-giving ceremony and dinner taking place on Saturday evening at Casa Grande. Stay tuned for our coverage article!

Below is a gallery of photos taken by Laura Perdomo on Thursday, April 27th, at Minitas Beach Club