Competitive trap shooters on the collegiate level, including a five-man team from the Delta-Montrose Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy, enjoyed an expense-paid weekend of competition at the Delta Trap Club Aug. 3 and 4.
The first-time event was coordinated and sponsored in large part by the Elizabeth Colt Legacy Foundation (ECLF).
The ECLF's six national board members include Jan Quick of Cedaredge. She told the DCI during the two-day event that the ECLF is dedicated to youth development and achievement by supporting youth shooting sports programs all over the country. Quick said the ECLF is directly affiliated with the Colt Manufacturing Company and the Colt Collectors' Association.
The event earlier this month at the Delta Trap Club was the first time ECLF has hosted a collegiate trap shoot. "We're going to grow it," Quick said.
Five teams participated, aiming for a top prize of $5,000 cash for the winning team. Shooting sports teams from Fort Hayes State University, Hastings, Neb., Oklahoma State University, and the DMTC competed in three rounds of trap shooting on Saturday and Sunday. Fort Hays State brought nine shooters in two teams to the event.
Fort Hays State won the top prize. The OSU team took the $2,500 second place cash prize, and Fort Hays' second team won the $1,500 third prize. But even more than the competition and the cash was the camaraderie and sportsmanship the event created.
The spirit of the event may be best shown by the DMTC's five-man team. (The school doesn't have a shooting sports program per se, though it turns out plenty of fine marksmen.) The local DMTC cadets said they hoped to see any winnings go toward establishing a shooting sports team here.
The five local cadets who competed will be graduating this week. They are Ryan Sparks of Hotchkiss, Alex Stogsdill of Grand Junction, Cody Hammon of Montrose, Jordan Wallace of Montrose and Chris McDonald of Delta.
"Everything was paid for the teams," Quick said. "All they had to do was get here and get a bed to sleep in." The ECLF paid for ammunition, registration fees and meals. The Delta Trap Club threw its doors wide open for the event and provided a cookout at noon Saturday and a steak dinner banquet that evening.
"We were just totally pleased with the Delta Trap Club and its facility. Everything is here. We just can't say enough good things about the Delta Trap Club and the support and help they have given," Quick said.
Team shooters were given "goodie bags" filled with enviable gifts including T-shirts, hats, patches, belt buckles, and more. At the banquet Saturday they received nice door prizes, some of which were donated by the Colt Firearms factory.
The ECLF supports youth shooting sports activities and has donated support for a youth program in Montrose. Elsewhere in Colorado they have supported Junior ROTC programs, the Teller County 4-H shooting sports club and the women's U.S. Olympic shooting team at Colorado Springs.
"Our primary purpose is to serve as a charitable foundation on behalf of the Colt Collectors' Association," Quick explained.
In addition, ECLF focuses on firearms training and safety; awareness of historical significance of firearms in the development of our country and their heritage to continue this tradition; and youth firearms associations and clubs.
Five of the ECLF's six board members were at DTC for their collegiate event. They were Jan Quick, president; Carol Wilkerson, Kansas City, Mo.; Karin Green, Los Gatos, Calif.; Beverly Haynes, Colt Arms archivist and historian, Hartford, Conn.; Wilmer Kellogg, Fort Hays, Kan.; Paul Maxwell, Sandy, Utah, was absent.
According to ECLF materials, the enterprise traces its roots to when Elizabeth Hart Jarvis married Sam Colt in June, 1856. In January, 1862, Samuel Colt died, leaving his widow one of the wealthiest women in America.blog comments powered by Disqus