We like a bit of competition and where better to compete than at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair! From dogs to estates, the field of competition is wide open.


Competitions run throughout the weekend with prizes awarded daily for each competition.


Fly-fishing competitions run on Saturday and Sunday for amateur ladies, gents and youths with prizes for the best casts.

Gun Dogs

Gun dog demonstrations and competitions run throughout the GWCT Scottish Game Fair Weekend.

The Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies

We are proud to host the very popular show of Hill Ponies in their working gear. Along with their handlers in their estate tweeds, the ponies will be tacked up with either deer saddles or game panniers.

The trophy was presented by Lord Dalhousie of Brechin Castle in memory of his head stalker at Invermark Estate in Glenesk, Fred Taylor. Fred was a great enthusiast of working with ponies; it is wonderful to see such support from estates and we expect to fill the Main Ring with a record number of entries.

The Highland Pony Society are also once again supporting the event and will provide a coveted Bronze medal for the best registered Highland Pony, as well as rosettes. Anne Taylor, Fred’s widow, will be with us to present a bottle of whisky to the winner.

The ponies will be stabled for most of the day on Sunday in pens generously sponsored by Davidsons Farm & Country Ltd. The ponies can be viewed there and their handlers are only too pleased to talk about their work on the hill and the estate from which they come, so give them a visit on your way round the Fair.

Prize: John Rigby & Co Stalking Rifle

Sponsored by

Clays Competitions

Competitions run throughout the weekend with prizes awarded daily for each competition. Entries open at 10am at Shooting Control (north-east corner of the shooting arena) where full details of rules, entry requirements and prizes can be found.

The three overall highest scores from the Sporting (irrespective of class) from each of the three days will go into a Super Final on Sunday afternoon with the chance of winning the ‘Top Gun’ prize for this competition, an automatic Clay Trap kindly donated by Promatic.

Cartridges will be available for purchase at the main control tent in the shooting arena, where you can get your sporting entry and any other information you may require.

Please note: All cartridges must be Fibre Wad with a maximum shot load of 28g.

Take advantage of the on-site storage for your shotguns. If you wish to temporarily store your shotgun during the fair you must produce a valid shotgun certificate.

40 Target Sporting Re-entry (for participants with own gun)

  • Open
  • Juniors (<18)
  • Ladies

Target Club Class 40 Sporting Re-entry

For B-class and below shooters. Dedicated prize fund.

Ladies Day

Saturday is Ladies Day. A range of super prizes are up for grabs including a bespoke jacket, donated by Blues & Browns for the overall High Gun.

Pool Shoot

Break all the targets to get a life for the shoot off to win a share of the pool at the end of the day.

The Hull Challenge Sponsored by Hull Cartridge Company

Located at the Riverside Field: 20 targets, for shooters with own guns. Daily Prizes

Previous Clays Competitions Results

Fishing Competitions

Fly-fishing competitions will run on the Saturday and Sunday for amateur ladies, gents and youths with prizes in each category for the best casts of the day.

On Sunday competitors will vie for the popular Scottish Game Fair Challenge Trophy (amateurs) and also the top prize casting event, the Ballathie House Hotel Scottish Open Spey Casting Championship, for both amateurs and professionals alike.

Saturday & Sunday: The Salmon Fly Distance, Trout Fly Distance and Trout Fly Accuracy sponsored by Somers of Aberdeen

The winner of each event, each day in each category will be presented with a prize. Entry fees payable at the Fishing Control Tent.

Sunday: Orvis Scottish Game Fair Challenge Trophy

A combination of salmon fly distance; trout fly distance and trout fly accuracy. Prize for the top scoring gentleman, lady and junior is a set of Orvis convertible waders.

Sunday: Scottish Open Spey Casting Championship

Top Prize: A day’s salmon fishing for two, including dinner, bed and breakfast at the Ballathie House Hotel.

Saturday & Sunday: 17.00 Prize Giving at the Fishing Control tent.

Previous Fishing Competition Results

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Gun Dog Competitions

Gun dog demonstrations and competitions run throughout the Scottish Game Fair Weekend. Highlights include Restricted Gun Dog Tests for Spaniels and Retrievers, the ever popular Scurry, Junior Handler Tests and the Four Nations International Gundog Competition.

Restricted Gun Dog Tests

  • Any Variety All Age Spaniel Test – Friday 09.30 – 12.30
  • Any Variety All Age Retriever Test – Friday 13.30 – 16.30
  • Any Variety Open Spaniel Test – Sunday 9.30 – 12.30
  • Any Variety Open Retriever Test – Sunday 1.30 – 4.30

The Scurry

  • 09.30 – 16.30 daily
  • Last entry 16.00
  • £3 per entry
  • Repeat entries permitted.
  • All breeds welcome.
  • The competition simulates the requirement of a dog to mark a shot bird and to retrieve speedily to hand, using two dummies.
  • There are generous daily prizes for Open, and Junior (<17) entrants and a trophy for the fastest time over the three days.
  • Full rules available at The Scurry.

Four Nations International Gundog Competition

  • Saturday 09.30 – 16.30
  • Spaniels 9.30 – 12.30
  • Retrievers 1.30 – 16.30

Junior Handler Tests

  • Sunday 12.30 – 1.30
  • For handlers aged 11-16.
  • 1 dog per handler (must be steady off lead).
  • Register at Gun Dog Control at any time over the weekend, up to 11.00 on Sunday.
  • The test is designed to encourage and give confidence, consisting
  • of straightforward retrieves

Previous Gun Dog Competition Results

The GWCT Scottish Game Fair is a trading name of Game & Wildlife Conservation Trading, a company limited by guarantee (registered no 1503620, VAT Reg No 323 7013 94.) which carries out trading and advisory activities and some fundraising events for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. Registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: Burgate Manor, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 1EF.
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