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August and All the Fun of the Highland Field Sports Fair

August and All the Fun of the Highland Field Sports Fair
Artist & Author Paul Taggart completes watercolour montage of events at the Highland Field Sports Fair as first prize in Pets As Therapy Prize Draw.

The weather was truly kind to us and I was able to work out in the open air for the entire two days. Having my easel in the main ring allowed me capture the events as they happened, although I did pop across to where Iain Spink was preparing his famous Smokies from Arbroath and to the Clan Chattan marquee where Bruce Macgregor (fiddle) and Brian O’hEadra (guitar) were performing for Mrs Celia Mackintosh of Mackintosh and her lunchtime guests from around the globe – gathered for their 400th Anniversary of the signing of the great Clan Chattan Bond of Union in 1609.

PRIZE DRAW in aid of PETS AS THERAPY (Highlands, Islands & Grampian branch)
First Prize – Highland Field Sports Fair Original Watercolour Montage by Paul Taggart

Over £700 raised thus far through sales of Prize Draw Tickets, with the hope of exceeding £1,000 by the Draw Date of December 6th.

As in 2008, my presence at the Highland Field Sports Fair was in support of Celia Mackintosh’s work with Pets As Therapy, as well as the Highland Field Sports Fair Committee Surplus Funds (which they distribute annually to charities and deserving causes). Pets As Therapy have a formal part to play in the Fair, by way of organising the Companion Dog Show on the Saturday.

The resultant commemorative painting is truly unique, with each person captured in the finished painting personally signing the image depicting their event and featuring the Terrier Racing Robbie Trophy, presented by Mrs Celia Mackintosh of Mackintosh. The first event to take place in the ring was a Farrier Demonstration, presented as usual by Robin Pape and his team, working on a Clydesdale mare and her foal. However, the figure shown working on the hind hoof is a young man from Kentucky, by the name of Chuck, over for a working holiday.

Katy Cropper, Sheepdog Handler and Trainer was most entertaining, as was her delightful six year old daughter Henrietta, with their display of Dogs and Ducks – top left of the painting. A constantly moving horse and hound pack is something of a challenge, but I did manage to portray Master Trevor Adams as he paraded the Duke of Buccleuchs Pack. Falconer Alan Rothery (Skyhigh Falconry) captured everyone’s attention, including mine and I struggled to concentrate on painting him, rather than simply watching his entrancing display for the pleasure of it! And quite by chance, the chap with the spaniel during the Gun Dog Handling display by Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club turned out to be Alan Pett, joint partner of Tain Pottery, himself an artist who paints many of the specimen pieces, some of which we have in our personal collection of Tain Pottery.

Highland Field Sports Fair - Original Watercolour Montage

For full details of Paul Taggart's unique Commemorative Limited Edition Print celebrating the Highland Field Sports Fair, shown bottom of image, click through to Paul's Limited Edition Prints Gallery