World-class facility marks third year
Published: May 1, 2014
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DALMATIA - As Keystone Shooting Park prepares to celebrate its third anniversary, the facility continues to build upon its reputation as a world-class destination for the training of North American Olympic-class shotgun competitors.
Since KSP had its official opening May 1, 2011, on the grounds of Martz's Gap View Shooting Range and Hunting Preserve, it has grown into the facility Allen Chubb of Chubb International Shooting Sports envisioned. From the outset it provided first-class training and competition for international-level shooters and a unique experience for recreational shooters used to trap and sporting clays.
"We have been constantly moving our event creation and promotional bar higher in an effort to instill both excitement and excellence in our beloved sports, and 2014 will be no exception," Chubb said. "Our robust schedule will include 14 competitions, one Junior Development Camp and an Olympic Skeet clinic conducted by two-time world and Olympic gold medalist Vince Hancock on Friday, May 2.
"In addition, we will conduct several Mental Management Systems seminars, junior mini-camps, a High Performance Camp, and we've placed other added features to both our venue and events calendar,'' he added. "During the first quarter of 2014, both Krieghoff International and Beretta USA will be donating competition shotguns to our Demonstration Gun Program.
"This program is set up where athletes will be able to try out a firearm for an extended period of time at KSP and then pursue ordering one from a dealer if they so desire. Krieghoff will be donating a new Parcour Olympic Trap model and Beretta will be donating a set of new DT-11s in both Olympic Trap and Skeet configurations."
During Hancock's one-day clinic he will be joined by the Beretta USA "Demonstration Van." That day Beretta will have its new DT-11 and 692 models available for trial use, and registration for the clinic is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to six athletes.
Chubb said that during the offseason KSP has become the North American distributors for Eurotargets, SRL of Reggiolo, Italy, and a member of the Keystone International Shooting Academy staff has become a certified instructor for the Texas-based Mental Management Systems, LLC. He is most proud of the new United States Junior Grand Prix in Olympic shotgun sports that was created with support from the Richard King Mellon Family Foundation.
KSP will offer an annual event focused on the development of junior shotgun sports athletes by establishing the "Mellon Family Cup" perpetual trophy and by offering $30,000 in added prize money to be shared by the medalists in all five Olympic shotgun sports disciplines. These are comprised of men's skeet, women's skeet, men's double trap, men's trap and women's trap.
Gold medalists will receive $3,000, silver medalists $2,000 and bronze medalists $1,000 to support their training needs for advancement in their respective disciplines. These competitions are the most lucrative Olympic shotgun sports events in U.S. history.
Again this year KSP will be the site of the SCTP Pennsylvania State Championships in both Olympic Trap and Skeet. This will be held concurrently with the B&P USA Masters Cup in Olympic Trap and the Beretta USA Cup in Olympic Skeet.
Participation in the Junior Development Camp in Olympic Trapshooting is limited to 12 participants, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be segmented by experience level for more tailored instruction according to their needs, and all instruction will be given by USAS Level II Coaches with more than 70 years of combined experience in the sport.
A full schedule of events, registration forms and other information is available at the Keystone Shooting Park website at www.keystoneshootingpark.com.