I started duck hunting with my dad when I was about 12-13 and loved it. In 1999 I was working in advertising and one of the ladies was talking about skeet shooting and needed a 3rd for her team. I had one of my dad’s guns and started shooting the skeet league. After a few months, I asked my dad if I could cut it down and he said yes…and the 2nd round after I got it back I shot a 23…which was up from my usual 17-19! When that same club started hosting Sporting Clays shoots, myself and a friend started shooting every weekend. We drove all over Texas and Oklahoma and I shot over 5000 registered targets in 2004. I’ve been shooting ever since and have since traveled all across the US and even internationally…although that was just to take pictures. After working in IT for many years, I feel that this job perfectly combines my personality (the ability to talk to anyone) and my love of shooting!
Primary Discipline and other disciplines in order of desired shooting:
3. Sporting Clays
Residence: North Texas
Hometown: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Where do you work? Seraphina Consulting
Do you give shooting instruction? Yes, Level 1 Certified
Do you have any special causes? I love any charity shoot that benefits kids – they are our future!
What’s your advice on getting new lady shooters involved?
1. My first rule for anything…SHOW up! It won’t happen sitting on the couch. 2. Find some ladies to shoot with. My friend Cheryl Long would come and pick me up in her big truck with the golf cart in the back and off we would go…and she always made me drive. We had a blast and met so many people! Find your flock!
What knowledge can you share that would make ladies better shooters?
1. Find a gun that fits – I would of course recommend Syren
2. Try out all sorts of shells to find the best one for you – usually 1 oz, 2 3/4 dram, 1200 fps or LESS
3. Find some people you really like shooting with – if they stress you out, don’t shoot with them.
4. Give yourself permission to politely thank all the men that think they know what you need to do and have to tell you…and then do what you know you need to do.
5. Find a coach that coaches to the “positive” – tells you what you need to do to fix the problem, not just tell you what you’re doing wrong. It may take a few tries to find the right fit.
What gear do you use?
Hat/No Hat: Both – if I don’t have to wear one, I don’t but for bright days or windy days, keeping the tresses under control is key.
Glasses: Rangers – love my purple lenses
Ear Plugs: Custom molded by Granny Sherman
Ammo: No favorite brand but love light or extra light target loads. I always shoot 1 oz since I mostly shoot FITASC
Vest: Syren vest
Attire: I mostly shoot in a dress. The cap sleeves and length keep me in line with the FITASC dress code and they are wonderfully cooler and flattering. In the cooler weather, I add leggings and boots. Flip flops for summer and close-toed shoes for FITASC.