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Theo Ribbs
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Theo Ribbs

September 14, 2019

If you are not interested in listening to our opening day dove season stories, fast forward to 12:20

At 15 years old, Theo began his quest to win sporting clay championships by relocating to Texas to pursue a professional shooting career. 

Ribbs studied his professional shooting career under legendary sporting clay champion and olympic medalist Dan Carlisle. Carlisle immediately discovered Theo’s natural talent. And at age sixteen quickly rose to become Junior national champion.  By twenty-one years old Theo entered the professional ranks with great success winning major championships.  His success gathered the attention among other professional athletes from major league sports, who he has tutored and coached to enhance their recreational clay shooting skills.

Vincent Hancock
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Vincent Hancock

September 4, 2019

Vincent Hancock has been shooting since he was a very young child and started competing when he was 11 years old.  Hancock also holds several national records in Men’s Skeet.  In 2005, at the young age of 16, Vincent won his first World Championship title in Men’s Skeet and went on to win the prestigious International Shooting Sport Federation’s Shooter of the Year award.   His gold-medal victory in London, puts him in elite company having become the first Olympic skeet shooter to win gold medals in the same event in consecutive Olympic Games. 

Earning his fourth World Championship title in 2018, Hancock is the first person ever to win four World titles in Men’s Skeet; eclipsing Abdullah Alrashidi of Kuwait and Jury Tsuranov of the Soviet Union. Hancock is also now one of three men in the Shotgun discipline to earn four world titles in his career, joining Michel Carrega of France and Giovanni Pellielo of Italy.

Hancock is a two-time Olympic champion, four-time World Champion, 16-time World Cup medalist (including 12 wins) and five-time World Cup Finals medalist. 

Joe Fanizzi #2
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Joe Fanizzi #2

August 29, 2019

It has been nearly a year since we had Joe on the podcast and his shooting performance is unbelievable.  After a R/U at the 2019 World English Sporting Clay Championship, we had to find out just what it is that he is doing differently.  He has his mental game, his physical game and his personal life dialed in and going in the right direction which has led him to great success.  He is quickly becoming one of the best shooters out right now and definitely one of the best sub juniors.  This episode dives deep into what Joe does as far as practice and how he mentally prepares for tournaments.

Gregg Wolf
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Gregg Wolf

August 24, 2019

Gregg Wolf started shooting at the age of 9 and progressed to the very first American World Champion in 2004 as well as the youngest ever to win a World Championship.  Gregg and his family own a Ford Dealership in Minnesota in which he operates and loves to hunt and fish in his free time.  We had a casual conversation with Gregg and appreciate him joining us.

Cory Kruse World Champion
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Cory Kruse World Champion

August 16, 2019

The 2019 World English Sporting Championship is over and Cory Kruse brings home the title to Texas.  Cory has been on fire all season and it shows at Northbrook Sports Club in Illinois.  This episode is a conversation with Cory on what his thoughts were on the targets, the shoot, and the win.

Heyward Cunningham / Promatic #47 - The Lost Episode
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Heyward Cunningham / Promatic #47 - The Lost Episode

August 4, 2019

If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you know why we named this "The Lost Episode".  We are thankful that we were able to save this podcast with Heyward because there is a lot of facts about Promatic and how they make such a hard job look so easy.

Heyward Cunningham, Vice President of Promatic Inc, leads the USA design team.  Heyward designs sporting clay courses all over the world and travels the US for the majority of the year.  He is also a great target setter as well as shoot support at some major events across the country.  Heyward, Jim Moses and the rest of the staff is what makes Promatic the worlds best trap company.

Brett Siebert #46 - World Championship Episode
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Brett Siebert #46 - World Championship Episode

July 27, 2019

Behind The Break discusses the HOT South Central Regional along with listening to why Alex Clark has decided to switch to a Beretta auto.

Brett Siebert joins us to talk about everything that went into bringing the World Sporting Championship to Northbrook.  The events, opening ceremonies, the world record long bird, teams from all over the world that are coming and so much more.

If you are attending the World Championship, you do not want to miss this episode.

Don Currie #45
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Don Currie #45

July 13, 2019

Don is the chief instructor of the National Sporting Clays Association and one of the most sought-after shooting coaches in our sport.  Competing in the shooting sports since age 8 and instructing as an apprentice at age 16, Don is that rare combination of Champion, Instructor and Coach.  Don regularly propels shotgun enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels to breakthrough performance whether in the field or in competition.

His qualifications include:

  • Chief Instructor, NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) (2014 – present)
  • Professional, Full-time Shotgun Coach – Specializing in clay target sports (Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap) and upland bird hunting
  • Master Gun Fitter – partnering with select manufacturers and stock-makers to create custom fitted shotguns for discerning clients
  • 2011 National Champion in Side-by-Side Shotgun
  • 2012 Florida State Champion in Side-by-Side Shotgun
  • Master Class NSCA Competitor
  • Certified Level III NSCA Instructor (National Sporting Clays Association)
  • Fellow, Association of Professional Shooting Instructors (FAPSI), UK
  • Member of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors (MICSI), UK
  • Author of Mastering Sporting Clays (Stackpole Books)
  • Co-Producer of two instructional DVDs: Focus-Movement-Faith and Target Tactics for Sporting Clays
  • Writer and columnist for ClayShooting USA and Clay Target Nation (formerly Sporting Clays Magazine)
  • Certified NRA Instructor: Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol and NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Orvis® Wingshooting School Instructor
  • Orvis® Fly Fishing School Instructor
  • Former General Manager of the Gilchrist Club, an exclusive 27,000 acre upland hunting resort
  • Experienced guide and avid upland bird hunter
  • Instructor, US Army Infantry and Ranger Schools (Fort Benning, Georgia) – Instructor of marksmanship, weapons and tactics
Mike Luongo #44
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Mike Luongo #44

July 7, 2019

Mike Luongo has been shooting for over 18 years. At the young age of 17 he started teaching new shooters basic fundamentals, the proper stance, eye dominance, and gun mount. After college he took a job as the head instructor and sporting clays manager at the prestigious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Shooting Academy.

Michael spent five years there developing a dynamic approach to clay target shooting. Michael now works at Rocky Creek Sporting Clays as the Club Pro and Sporting Clays Director.

Methods Taught: Michael’s primarily teaches sporting clays and wing shooting. Michael also teaches trap and skeet to multiple-time national champions SCTP Quail Creek Young Guns. Michael’s primary method of teaching is pull away. This allows the shooter to always be in control with the target as well as connected with the target. This technique uses core principles and is easy for anyone on any level to understand. Students will go home with worksheets and a practice schedule to help reach their full potential of shooting. This style of shooting is based on perfect fundamentals along with having a plan every time before the shooter calls for a target. Michael and his team have worked countless hours with some of the game’s best instructors

 

Dr. Richard Colo #43

Dr. Richard Colo #43

June 27, 2019

In the 46 years that Dr. Colo has been in practice in CT, he has created a unique specialty niche related to shooting that has drawn both national and international shooters to his practice. Rich has developed a system of dominance evaluation that has been accepted as the benchmark among some of the nation’s top instructors. His role is not that of shooting instructor; rather, it is to maximize the visual efficiency needed to complement proper shooting mechanics.  

His passion for his profession and favorite avocation are infectious to all who seek his counsel.