Thursday, 6 June 2013

FRED TAYLOR MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR STALKING PONIES

The working pony is a treasured tradition on many of Scotland’s sporting estates and deer forests, and it’s fitting that the 25th Anniversary GWCT Scottish Game Fair hosts the first staging of a ‘concourse d’elegance’ for working ponies in memory of the late Fred Taylor, Head Stalker on Invermark Estate who died last year. Entry for the competition is now open, and estates and deer forests with working ponies are encouraged to take part. The event takes place on Sunday 7 July. All ponies entered should be accompanied by a stalker/ghillie in estate or sporting wear, and ponies should be turned out in appropriate tack for the hill, either to carry a stag, or panniers, or other hill work. Every pony entered must be working or have worked on an estate or deer forest during the stalking/shooting season. A preliminary judging will be followed on Sunday afternoon by a parade in the main ring, final judging and awards of rosettes and prizes. The main award is the Fred Taylor Trophy, sponsored by the Earl of Dalhousie, and a set of photographs of the winning pony at work by acclaimed sporting photographer Glyn Satterley. The event is organised by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust in conjunction with the Association of Deer Management Groups. Application forms and other entry details can be obtained from: Dick PlayfairThe Association of Deer Management GroupsTel: 0131 445 5570E