Press Release: 9 May 2019

Rigby sponsors Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies at Scottish Game Fair for third year

London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. is sponsoring the annual Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies for the third consecutive year at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, which is taking place on Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July at Scone Palace Parkland, Perthshire.

The overall winning estate will receive one of Rigby’s award-winning Highland Stalker rifles in .275 Rigby. Hailed as a classic deerstalking rifle, the Highland Stalker’s striking slim lines and lightweight frame makes it ideal for the hill.

Not only will the rifle be hand-engraved with the estate, pony and winning ghillie’s name on a special silver shield inlaid into the stock, they will receive a wood upgrade making the top prize worth a staggering £12,000.

Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Association of Deer Management Groups, the free-to-enter competition, which is now in its seventh year, is held in memory of Fred Taylor, who was headstalker on Invermark Estate in Angus for more than three decades. Up to 20 ponies and their ghillies will parade in the main arena on the Sunday of the show at 1:50pm. The judge, Richard Fraser of Atholl Estates in Perthshire will rate all the competing ponies, harnessed with their tack for the hill, either for carrying deer or panniers for grouse and the ghillies will be dressed in their estate tweed.

To qualify for entry, each pony must be working on the estate during the season. Deadline for entries is Tuesday 28 May. For more details on how to enter, contact 01738 554826.

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