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Catherine Barney

Catherine Barney of Syracuse, N.Y., cited the Cardinal Center as her favorite place to compete and proved it by carding her first-ever 100 straight in singles during this year’s Cardinal Classic, which earned her Event 8 ladies’ laurels outright.

She remembered thinking on her final post, “Wow, this is really going to happen!” She recounted that the last bird was shot no differently than her first. “I get so ramped up, I end up too often with a 99. This time, I kept a level head.” Being leadoff, Catherine had to wait for her squadmates to finish before she did an impromptu “happy dance” on the line. She undoubtedly enjoyed another joyful jig a few days later, when she became the uncontested lady handicap winner on Sunday with her 96 from 21 yards. “I love shooting handicap—I feel it levels the playing field,” she remarked.

Her late father Robert, who helped build the Dewitt F&GC, introduced Catherine to trapshooting at age 10, but she waited until she was solidly established as the owner of several thriving businesses before joining the ATA in 2002. “Being a disciplined investor and a dedicated employer have helped me become a better shooter and a successful contributor within my shooting community.”

Catherine shoots all year long, both in registered competition and recreational leagues. When she’s unable to practice at her home club, Bridgeport R&GC, she diligently makes her moves on Terry’s Jordan’s Wall Chart. “I can say with 100% certainty that Terry’s chart has helped me the most with my shooting. I am busy, so the chart allows me to train at any hour of the day or night.”

Since 2008 Catherine’s been a yearly member of the New York ladies’ state team and was captain in 2010. In addition to being a winning ATA’er in her home state, which includes an impressive crowning in 2009 as the state shoot’s handicap champion over the field, she’s brought trophies home from Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada. She’s also been involved with New York State’s youth shooters for the last decade and is currently the SCTP state director.

In 2009 Catherine attained the NRA’s highest shotgun coaching/training designation and was invited to join its national coaching development staff, which allows her to train, certify and direct coaches. “I came into coaching naturally, when I introduced my two children to trapshooting. They grew up, as I did, within the shooting community, and I am sure this has added favorably to their current pursuits. My daughter is on track for her graduate degree, and my son is in the Army now,” she proudly stated.

For the full story about Catherine, see the upcoming November issue of Trap & Field.


 (written by Barbara Sheldon)





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