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SHOOTING SPORTS FAIR PREVIEW -- matthews -- 15may08
Carlisle Academy junior shooters giving shotgun exhibitions at Shooting Sports Fair
By JIM MATTHEWS Outdoor News Service

NORCO -- One of the most popular events at Raahauges Shooting Sports Fair each year is a crowd-pleasing shotgun shooting exhibition that has been a fixture at the show since its beginning in 1983. This years show will be held June 6-8 at Raahauges shooting complex in Prado Basin.

Over the years, some of the finest shotgun shooters in the world have given these exhibitions, and while its certainly not the most difficult part of their show, the crowds always delight in the creation of the half-acre salad that has always been a component of all of these shows.

In the early years, John Satterwhite, an Olympic skeet shooter, was a fixture at these events, and he was followed by a whole succession of some of the nations best shotgunners, including John Cloherty, Tim Bradly, Tom Knapp, the U.S. Army shooting team, Jay Braccini, and ­ of course ­ Dan Carlisle, an Olympic bronze medallist in International trap shooting and world sporting clays champion.

This year, theres a slightly different twist. Instead of having the exhibition done by an established trick shooter, the shotgun shooting exhibition is being conducted by a group of some of the finest junior shooters in the world.

But dont think this is going to be like watching a minor league baseball game.

Jay Braccini, who is going to be the ringmaster and head microphone man for the juniors exhibition, said these young shotgunners are already some of the most accomplished shooters in the world -- even though none of them are over 19. All are part of the Carlisle Academy, a juniors shotgun teaching program run by Dan Carlisle with assistants like Braccini who run the different Carlisle Academy locations across the country.

Young shooters featured at the Sports Fair include Southern Californians who have been tutored by Carlisle and Braccini since they were -- in some cases -- barely old enough to hold a shotgun. They include:

Justin Fox, a 17-year-old from Chino Hills, who currently is the No. 1 sporting clays junior shooter in the nation. An All-American team shooter, Fox was formerly the top sub-junior National Sporting Clays Association All-American and he was named this year as Safari Club Junior Hunter of the Year.

Jennifer Bandy, a 19-year-old Dartmouth student from Walnut, is on the National Scholastic shotgun team and has been on the junior All-American team multiple times and is already considered one of the top female shotgun shooters in the nation.

Katie Fox, Justins 16-year-old sister, is the junior ladies National Champion in NSCA, but she may not make the Sports Fair for the exhibitions because shes also a nationally-ranked competitor in rodeo.

Braccini said there are a total of 12 young shooters in the Academy, and all of them are accomplished shotgunners who can perform most of the same shotgun tricks those whove attended the show in the past have watched performed by the worlds best shotgunners -- proof these kids are up snuff.

But Braccini says this shotgun exhibition will have something very different than past shows. Were going to have these kids create one of the biggest and fastest half-acre salads youve ever seen, laughed Braccini. In fact, it will be like nothing youve ever seen before.

While the Carlisle Academy shooters will not be giving a presentation on Friday ­ most of them have finals that day ­ they will be giving shows at noon and 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Show hours and prices for this year's Shooting Sports Fair are from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

Admission to the show is $12 for adults per day, and parking is $5. A $2 off admission discount coupon is available at this web address: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/hogs/SportsFair2008.pdf

For more information or directions, call Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises at 951-735-7981.


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