YOUNGSTERS from South Herefordshire showed their improving shooting skills over the winter period to finish in high placings.

The multi-eventers of the South Hereford and Ross Harriers Pony Club have recently completed the Annual Area Nine Postal Shoot which entails competing against a number of other clubs from across the region.

The nine members compete in tetrathlon, which is a multi-sport and requires the competitor to shoot, run, swim and ride either a show jump or cross country course.

This year, more club members than ever participated in the event, which requires two targets a month over four months to be shot under strict competition conditions.

Most impressive was Abi Agami in the aged 10 to 11 category who not only won the event for the girls group, but also had the highest shoot of the overall event, finishing the competition on a fabulous score of 3,920 out of 4,000 and achieving a 1,000 score in the final month.

Also in her category Amelie & Sam Carver both placed sixth while Jess Gwilliam finished eighth.

In the under-10 age category, four members competed for the very first time with Amelia Jones and Gus MacFarlane finishing fourth while Max Bower took sixth and John Howard ninth.

Finally, Evie Lawson, who recently has only just moved into the under-14 category, and is now shooting one handed finished 11th place in the biggest class of the competition.

The club are lucky to have two shooting coaches Mike Phillips and Chris Norton of the Ross Target Club, who regularly give up their time each month to train children from the age of eight. In addition to this Rachel Wreyford and Bernie Moss of Hereford Pentathlon offer members shoot, swimming and running coaching.