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This year, Andres Fanjul, the nephew of Pepe Fanjul, who grew up learning to shoot in Casa de Campo took part in the 25th annual Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament for the first time and walked away victorious! Here we interview Andres about his experiences at the Casa de Campo Shooting Centre and his success at his first Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament.
@cdcliving: When did you first start shooting?
Andres Fanjul: I started shooting birds at a young age (around 8-10 years old) with my father and uncle (Andres Fanjul and Pepe Fanjul). I started competing in Sporting Clays 3 years ago.
Andres Fanjul taking part in the “100 pigeons” event
@cdcliving: What inspired you to take part in the Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament?
Andres Fanjul: Since I learned how to shoot Sporting Clays at the Casa de Campo Shooting center, I’ve always wanted to compete in the Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament, but my school and college tennis schedule never allowed me to. Casa de Campo has a special place in my family’s heart so winning the event had always been a personal goal of mine.
[The annual Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament consists of a number of different shooting events; Sporting Clays, 100 pigeons, the Colombaire Pigeon Race and a Driven Pheasant and Partridge Shoot. This year the annual event took place in Casa de Campo from the 25th to the 28th of April. For complete coverage of the 25th annual Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament – click here.]
@cdcliving: As a first time participant in the Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament how did you feel?
Andres Fanjul: I was honored to be invited by my uncle and felt it was a true privilege to participate with such a great group of shooters.
@cdcliving: Which contest did you enjoy the most and why?
Andres Fanjul: Anything involving the tower! There aren’t any competitions in North America that have a tower that tall ~110ft. It’s like my Uncle Pepe Fanjul said at the opening dinner, “each contest will have different stations for each day or round, except they will all end at the tower. The tower doesn’t need to change as it’s always difficult and changing itself.” (due to wind, sun, etc.)
[The Sporting Clays event took place at the Casa de Campo Shooting Center, which is centered around a formidable red and white tower – which at 110ft shoots sporting clays up to 135ft into the air. Click here for photos and coverage of the Sporting Clays event.]
Andres with fellow competitors, Chris Meiger and James Gubelmann
@cdcliving: How did it feel to win?
Andres Fanjul: Overjoyed! Going into the final station on the last day (the tower), was a bit nerve wracking, I knew if I shot a 7 out of 10 or better my closest opponent would’ve needed a 100 out of 100 to beat me – which at Casa de Campo is basically impossible for any shooter. After doing so, it was a treat to share the win with some of my closest friends and family.
[Andres was the winner of the “Gubelmann Cup”, awarded to the overall winner of the Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament – not including the Driven Pheasant and Partridge Shoot at Rancho Peligro, whilst his uncle, Pepe Fanjul the host of the event won the “High Overall Cup” – with the highest overall shooting score in ALL the events. At the end of the tournament, the shooters and their guests enjoyed a dinner and prize-giving celebration hosted by Emilia and Pepe Fanjul at their oceanside estate, Casa Grande. For photos of this event – click here.]
@cdcliving: Will you compete next year?
Andres Fanjul: I would love to, and hope to attend many more.
@cdcliving: How would you describe the Casa de Campo Shooting center in relation to other shooting centers you have shot at around the world?
Andres Fanjul: The Casa de Campo Shooting Center is by far my favorite in the world! I grew up shooting there so I felt a sense of comfort going back to compete for the first time. But it’s a lot more than that, the people, the targets, the layout and especially the tower are all by far the best I’ve experienced. The instructors, like Hermogenes, are some of the best in the world providing direction and shooting tips for all levels.
@cdcliving: Would you recommend shooting at Casa de Campo?
Andres Fanjul: I would highly recommend shooting at Casa de Campo for many reasons; Casa de Campo has the ability to give you want you want – whether it’s live bird shooting or the toughest round of clays you’ll ever see. With over 200 stations you certainly will never get bored and can always find something different.
The annual Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting Tournament consists of a number of different shooting events; Sporting Clays, 100 pigeons, the Colombaire Pigeon Race, which take place at the Casa de Campo Shooting Center as well as a Driven Pheasant and Partridge Shoot, held at “Rancho Peligro”, a beautiful wilderness reserve inland from Casa de Campo.
This year the annual event took place in Casa de Campo from the 25th to the 28th of April and attracted more than 30 experienced shooters from around the world.
The annual Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting tournament is part of the “Sugar” event, which also incorporates a golf component headed Pepe’s brother Alfy Fanjul played from March 28th to the 31st 2012 – click here for photos and coverage.