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“Fred Taylor worked nearly all his life at Invermark and was headkeeper for about 30 years,” said the Earl of Dalhousie, owner of Invermark. “He was very widely liked and respected by his team, by the many visitors to Invermark and in the wider gamekeeping fraternity. He was also particularly good at bringing on ponies for stalking and, with his wife Anne, had planned to breed Highland ponies in his retirement. Sadly he died in 2012 with just a year to go. It seems very fitting that GWCT should propose a Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy, to be awarded for the first time this year for the best turned out working stalking pony and ponyman.”

Entry for the competition is now open, and estates and deer forests with working ponies are encouraged to take part. Ponies must be working or have worked on an estate/ deer forest during the stalking/shooting season.

The competition will take place on July 7. The main award is the Fred Taylor Trophy and a set of photographs of the winner by photographer Glyn Satterley.

For more information on entry details and an application form email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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