Working pony wins Leica-sponsored competition

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Highland garron Tyree of Dalnacardoch has won this year’s Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies, sponsored by Leica Optics.

Eleven-year-old Tyree of Dalnacardoch, from the Dalnacardoch Estate in Perthshire, beat 16 other entrants to win the award on Sunday 5 July at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace. The competition was judged by respected ghillie and highland pony breeder, Sandy McCarthur.

Tyree of Dalnacardoch was shown harnessed with full tack for the hill and a deer saddle, and was led around the arena by the Dalnacardoch Estate’s stalker and keeper Duncan Fernie.

As well as the trophy commemorating Fred Taylor, headstalker on Angus’s Invermark Estate for over 30 years, the winning estate received a pair of Leica 10×42 Geovid HD-B rangefinding binoculars worth £2,200.

Second place was awarded to five-year-old Balmoral Gairn, from Her Majesty The Queen’s Balmoral Estate, while Atholl Sorrel, an eight-year-old from the Atholl Estates’ Blair Castle Trekking Centre, took third.

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