Pope and Young Convention Exhibitor Space Filling Up and Other Industry News

Pope and Young Convention exhibitor space filling up; NASP 2023 national tournament schedule and scholarship plans; Team PSE’s Kris Schaff dominates during early 2023; Team Darton’s Tanja Gellenthien makes 8th straight podium at The Vegas Shoot.

Pope and Young Convention Exhibitor Space Filling Up and Other Industry News

Pope and Young Convention Exhibitor Space Filling Up

Pope and Young recently announced that exhibitor space is filling up for the P&Y 33rd Biennial Convention, taking place in Reno, Nevada, April 12-15, 2023.

“The Pope and Young Convention has always been a place where some of the greatest companies in the industry get together for one common cause; to preserve, promote, and protect your passion for bowhunting,” said Dylan Ray of Pope and Young. Some of the respected companies exhibiting will include Hiden, Bear Archery, WildFit, Anxynt, and a new company, Minum Archery, an at-home techno hunt company.

With all these great brands and products on site, there is something for everyone. Whether you want to shoot some of the new bows at the shooting lanes, try out new gear, or just spend time visiting and sharing bowhunting stories with other conservation minded bowhunting companies, there is something for everyone. For more information or to register, click here. If your company would like to be an exhibitor at the 33rd Biennial Convention, reach out to Dylan Ray via email: dylan@pope-young.org.


Team PSE’s Kris Schaff Dominates During Early 2023

Team PSE’s Kris Schaff of Montana has experienced tremendous success in three of archery’s most prestigious 2023 events. Schaff left his mark on the first major event of the year, the Nimes European Indoor, charging his way to the champion’s podium with a first-place finish in Europe’s largest archery event. Less than week later, he nearly repeated this success, taking second to Team Hoyt’s Bodie Turner at The Lancaster Classic.

Team PSE’s Kris Schaff celebrates winning the 2023 Vegas Shoot.
Team PSE’s Kris Schaff celebrates winning the 2023 Vegas Shoot.

Most recently, Schaff achieved the dream of countless archery competitors with victory in the men’s open compound event at the world’s most competitive and largest event in the sport, The Vegas Shoot. In front of a crowd of thousands, Schaff trusted his PSE Dominator Duo compound and Easton X27 arrows to take the $57,000 prize the shoot-down finals field of 26 competitors. With the field being divided by half on every grueling shoot-off round, at the end, it was Schaff who stood alone with nothing but “inside-X” 10s to take The Vegas Shoot title.


Team Darton’s Tanja Gellenthien Makes 8th Straight Podium at The Vegas Shoot

Team Darton’s Tanja Gellenthien has had an amazing start to the 2023 indoor archery season. Before arriving at The Vegas Shoot, she had podiumed in six straight events. At the close of the 2023 Vegas Shoot, she added two more podiums to her tally.

Her first podium finish in Vegas was at the World Archery Series Finals where she worked herself up to the bronze medal match. She dominated her bronze medal match with a 149 to her opponent’s 145.

Later at The Vegas Shoot, Tanja was one of two archers in the championship women’s open compound division who shot a 900 for the weekend to head into the shoot-off matches to determine first place (the other archer was Team Bowtech’s Paige Pearce). In the shoot-off against Pearce, the match was tight, but Pearce dropped a point leaving an open door for Tanja to take the gold. This was Tanja’s second time winning The Vegas Shoot. Note: Tanja Gellenthien and Paige Pearce are both sponsored by GAS Bowstrings.


NASP 2023 National Tournament Schedule and Scholarship Plans

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and the involvement of over 20 million students in the program since inception in 2002. NASP is excited about the upcoming national tournament series planned for spring 2023. States from across the country are busy planning and preparing for their state tournaments and national qualifiers, so that students can compete in some of the largest and safest archery tournaments in the country.

The 2023 national tournament series will begin with the Western National Tournament to be held at the Mountain America Center in Sandy, Utah, on April 28-29, followed by the Eastern National Tournament to be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 11-13. The series of national-level competitions will culminate with the Open Championship Tournament to be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on June 8-10. Each tournament will include bullseye as well as the IBO 3-D Challenge competition.

Top teams and individuals will again be selected from the combined results of both national tournaments to compete in the Open Championship event. Top male and female individual winners from the combined results of both national tournaments will again compete for the NASP Scholarship Shoot-Off to be held at the end of the Open Championship Tournament.

In addition to the traditional individual and team scholarships that are awarded at the national events, NASP is delighted to announce its plans to continue awarding up to 120 additional $500 bullseye scholarships to be awarded randomly to tournament participants. Simply competing will be “the” requirement for possibly being selected for a $500 award. Upon graduation, archers can apply these funds to any post-secondary educational or training program of their choice.

In addition to the (120) $500 random awards, NASP will continue to provide:

Team Scholarships – based on combined results from overall finished from both National Tournaments:

  • 1st place - $24,000 (24 team members @ $1000 each)
  • 2nd place - $18,000 (24 team members @ $750 each)
  • 3rd place - $12,000 (24 team members @ $500 each)

Individual Scholarship Shoot-off – Top five male and female finishers from combined results from both National Tournaments compete at the Open Championship Tournament:

  • 1st place - $5,000 Male and Female
  • 2nd place - $4,000 Male and Female
  • 3rd place - $3,000 Male and Female
  • 4th place - $2,000 Male and Female
  • 5th place - $1,000 Male and Female
  • Ties - $1,000 each is minimum per qualifying archer

Click here for more information on each of these three national events.


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