ADMG had a successful few days at Scone with useful meetings and contacts made, and it was good to welcome so many onto our stand. Our congratulations to Balmoral Estate for their success in the Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy and who have supported this event from its first year. ADMG established the trophy with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust seven years ago in memory of head stalker on the Invermark Estate, Fred Taylor, who was a great Highland pony enthusiast. Generously sponsored again by London gunmaker John Rigby & Co, the winning estate receives an engraved Highland Stalker rifle, as well as a Bronze Medal from the Highland Pony Society and, by tradition, a bottle of Whyte and Mackay which was Fred Taylor’s chosen tipple.
Harmony, with ghillie Rebecca Cantwell were the winning team this year from a splendid turnout in the main ring, judged by Richard Fraser of Atholl Estates. Without doubt this event has become one of the highlights of the Fair. A big thank you from ADMG and GWCT to all those who took part – some, again, travelling considerable distance to be there.
The top placings this year were Kimberley Watson, Balmoral, 4th; Ali Beveridge, Glen Prosen, 3rd; Steven Macdonald, Meggernie, 2nd; and Rebecca Cantwell with Balmoral Harmony, 1st.
Pictured, Harmony with Rebecca, Anne Taylor, widow of Fred Taylor, and Liz Brodie, John Rigby & Co.