Tom shoots to national award

Award-winning gamekeeping students Ryan Mort (left) and Tom Hesmondhalgh with spaniel Tilly.
Award-winning gamekeeping students Ryan Mort (left) and Tom Hesmondhalgh with spaniel Tilly.

For the first time ever, two gamekeeping students have tied for top place in a national award – and one of them is from Garrowby.

Tom Hesmondhalgh, 19, attended Askham Bryan College and shared the award with fellow student Ryan Mort.

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Frank Jenkins Memorial Trophy award is presented to the best full or part-time gamekeeping student or apprentice of the academic year.

Tom, who studied on a Level 3 Countryside Management (Game) course full-time at Newton Rigg College and now works as a beatkeeper near Pickering, said: “I’m really chuffed to have won the Frank Jenkins. It’s a tremendous honour. Mum and dad are delighted, too. So is my old headkeeper, Tony Rankin, from the Yorkshire shoot where I first started helping out at weekends when I was around nine years old. I loved keepering from day one.”

Brian Mitchell, a National Vice-chairman of the NGO, said: “I’d like to send the biggest of congratulations to both of these young men on jointly winning this year’s Frank Jenkins Memorial Trophy. It is the first time the award has not been won outright. But be in no doubt, in the view of the judges, both these young men were exceptional candidates.”