Spotlight On – Philip Wolstenhome

What is your role at Bettws Hall?
I focus on providing shooting for full teams of guns from both the UK and overseas, which leads nicely into a season full of hosting thereafter.

What are you currently working on?
I’m trying to find a field in Wales with some bloody pigeons on it!
Of course, bettering last season comes first though.

What has been your highlight of working here?
Without a doubt, dating the boss’s daughter without getting the sack!

In all seriousness, it would be spending time at Vaynor Park. Each day I host there, I feel very lucky to be able to have such beautiful surroundings as my ‘office’. In my eyes it is the best shoot in the Bettws Hall stable.

When not in work you can find me…
Usually somewhere with a gun in hand or during the summer, there’s a good chance I’ll be at the races.

What are four things you wouldn’t be without in the field?
1. Ear defenders – I use MSA Sordin because they’re light, slim line (so don’t hit your stock) the battery lasts ages and they can easily take 100+ days per season standing in the rain. My current pair are over five years old and still in perfect working order.

2. My cap – I probably buy a new flat cap each year from the Game Fair or Cheltenham and I still wear the same old one. It came from Montana Country Collection who’re based in Northallerton, Yorkshire. They are the best fitting caps I have found for my big head!

3. My Gun – Miroku MK60 Grade 5. It shoots very well (depending on the operator,) is extremely reliable, pretty enough to be seen on a peg and they are incredibly well priced.

4. Good cartridges – There really is a difference! I use Hull High Pheasant Extreme 32g 5’s for just about all of my game shooting. I find them very smooth and kills anything that I have the ability to hit.

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