Testimonials

 

Just wanted to write a little note to say a BIG thank you for such an amazing day on the grouse.  I cannot begin to tell you how exciting it was to get asked by you and to then have such an awesome day with birds flying so well and the weather so clear!!  Over the years you have really looked after me with some exceptional days shooting… So Thank You!

MS  – 2014 Season

The whole day was expertly run and it was an absolute delight not to hear the  beaters nor see the picking-up team running around our feet during the drive.  Well done.  Your catering throughout the day was excellent and there was some very lively banter  between drives.  A thoroughly enjoyable day for which I am most grateful.

(From RW, North Yorkshire – 2014)

I have shot with Dalesport for a number of years now and have always found them to be efficient, well organised and had some very enjoyable days on some of the best moors in the country.

DE – UK 2013

I have enjoyed treating with you over more than two decades; it gets better with the passage of time.  Your professionalism matched with an unrivalled knowledge of your subject ensures magnificent sport on the hill.  Thank you for the simplicity of our arrangements, for shared humour, for the effortless, ever-generous and diplomatic solution of the occasional hiccup and for the charm that accompanies your firm’s exemplary service at all levels.  Paying a bill is never easier than when business evolves into a lasting friendship based upon trust, that priceless commodity which in our case now obviates the need for the written contract; what a rare luxury.” 

Jeremy R Drax, London – 2013

Having shot with Adrian and his team over a number of years I have found the balance of knowledge ,professionalism and hospitality achieved excellent. I cannot remember a day that I have not thoroughly enjoyed when under his direction. Personally I find the most important part of enjoying a shoot is feeling you are shooting amongst friends. This coupled with the determination to provide great sport in a beautiful part of the country, regardless of the weather, make his days very special.

SK – UK 2013

We have been booking numerous double day’s grouse shooting with Dalesport for many years now, not only on moors which they actually manage but also moors they don’t……The fact that we keep coming back for more abuse year after year is testimony to ATB’s extensive network into some of the best grouse shooting in Northern England

DH- 2009-2014 and counting!!?

I have no hesitation in reccommending the team at Dalesport and Adrian T-B as they are different from so many shooting agents. Their determination and single-minded approach to present the best sport given the circumstances on any given day are second to none; the formulaic style seen on too many shoots is nowhere to be seen with Dalesport. Adrian’s knowledge, infectious enthusiasm and apetite for experimentation mean that even shoots visited year after year change, develop and improve under his stewardship. First class hospitality and administration are a given, the priotity of Dalesport is and always has been an understanding of the quarry, the shoot and the people involved with all aspects of the day.

CB – UK 2013

I have been shooting grouse with Adrian Thornton Berry and his Agency for several decades. At all times, myself and many of my friends have been extremely satisfied with the good sport provided and the highly competent organisation shown before, during and after the days of shooting. Adrian has a profound knowledge of the complex issues involving grouse moor management, as a result of which the moors he has been involved with have increased their performance substantially over the years. Most importantly, Dalesport’s sporting days are laid out like private family shoots and do not have that taint of feeling ‘commercial’.
 
WHvonD
Zürich
2013 season

I have been taking shooting with Adrian Thornton-Berry for many years. We have always had great shooting and on occasion a really magical day. Adrian understands the needs of real shooting people and he cares.

- SC, 2011/12 season

 

Thanks to Dalesport. I have had many brilliant Shooting Days meeting different people, some becoming friends, and given some challenging Shooting. The reason I use Dalesport is from the original point of contact I was kept fully informed till the day is over so their behind scene organisation is second to none, which is another part of their success. Their client base is very large which says many things, and for me it has meant shooting in places where I would never have gone or asked. Adrian this year has taken me to two more new shoots which were great, thank you. So thanks again to your team for the last 20 years and hopefully many more to come.

- TD, 2011/12 season

 

This is to thank for you so many things yesterday. Hosting in such a relaxed style, keeping us all jollied along, spending so much time with one of my guns (I think you might have created a real enthusiast) and the rest. A great job: thank you.

- RP. 2010/11 season

 

I just thought I ought to let you know that we had a truly excellent day yesterday. Even without a wind the birds flew well and high and we all had a good time – particularly enjoying the drive before lunch. We were looked after very well and the home team were delightful, cheerful and very professional.

- PP, 2010/11 season

 

From the forward planned shooting weekends to the last minute grouse days, often on elusive, sort after estates, Dalesport have arranged some excellent sport. The days themselves have been hosted and managed with professionalism, but in a relaxed and fun manner – that is no mean feat when trying to looking after my friends!

- SO, 2010/11 season

 

Dalesport has provided some excellent sport for me and my friends, and the days are always hosted in a relaxed and convivial manner.

- PCM, 2010/11 season

 

Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for a truly “red letter day” at West Arkengarthdale on 18th November (2009). I haven’t shot grouse for a few years and the adrenaline was surging from the moment I got up in the morning. The beaters worked so hard to get the birds over the butts.

Thank you for looking after us on our second day, we were a happy team and you nurtured us with that perfect balance of firmness and gentle cajolling whilst never hectoring. A difficult finesse when there are five drives to cover in a long day. Thank you for your hospitality and for taking the trouble to talk to so many of my guns when they were all complete strangers to you. Again many thanks for looking after us and your exemplary hospitality

JD – Somerset

 

I am writing to thank you so much for the part you played in making the shooting party an outstanding success this year. What made all the difference this time was having you at the other end of things, your attentiveness to all the guns was much appreciated. As a result I was able to relax and enjoy my two days, the outcome of which was the best two days shooting that most of us can ever remember – and we have been shooting together a long time. We have already booked for next year.

PL – Richmond, Surrey

 

Thank you very much for the days shooting. Everyone enjoyed themselves enormously, we were very impressed how well and efficiently the shoot was run…. no nonsense just quietly getting on with the job. We may well be tempted to return next year so i shall keep in touch.

ST – Surrey

 

I would like to thank you for organising such a wonderful days shooting for us. We were looked after so well with every detail covered, which meant we could relax and enjoy the days sport, and what sport it was; the birds flew phenomenally leaving us with many a happy memory. Once again many thanks and I look forward to our days with you this coming season.

AB – North Yorkshire

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