deerstalking ponies and came from Balmoral Estate, Blair Castle, Garrogie, Invermark, Kinlochuichart, Tulchan of Glenisla, and Reay Forest. The competition was organized by The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Association of Deer Management Groups in memory of Fred Taylor, who was the highly respected head stalker on Invermark Estate, Angus, for more than 20 years but sadly died of cancer in 2012. The trophy was presented by Fred’s wife, to the winner, six-year old Victor Of Alltnacailleach, from the Garrogie Estate, Invernessshire, with his ghillie Christina Ellis. At the Moy Field Sports Fair, you will see the deer ponies in the main ring taking part in a blacksmith’s demonstration, and competing at the Royal Highland Show. Kyle Stewart, Underkeeper on Ardverikie Estate said, “knowing that you are retrieving
a stag off the hill in the same manner in which it has been
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done for well over 100 years is very satisfying. As times move, Argos and Quad bikes have become the main extraction method but I enjoy the simpler, more traditional method, no noise, no uncomfortable trip home, just a peaceful walk back off the hill.”
The highland pony sits alongside grouse, stag and salmon as one of the icons of country sports, and is recognised world-wide. Let us hope the ponies will still be an active part of Scotland’s enviable sporting heritage in years to come.
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