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Highland Ponies in Glen Prosen


‘ … it was an experience that will last in my memory for many years …’

It was a photoshoot that photographer & writer Matt Limb had long wanted to undertake. To be in the Scottish Highlands with a ghillie, deer stalking.  But not just any ghillie.  This ghillie had to work in the traditional way, using trained Highland Ponies to bring the stags and hinds off the hill.

It was following a chance introduction to Eric Starke, winner of the highly prestigious Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies at the Scottish Game Fair, that Matt’s long-awaited photographic road-trip to Scotland came into being.  At last, he could follow and photograph that dwindling breed of traditional Highland ghillies.

After working closely with Eric, planning and organising, Matt travelled to the Angus Glens to spend time on the hill with him and his ponies, Cally & Mia.  When he returned home Matt had the photographs he had long wanted to capture.

After some thought during compiling and editing the photography, along with support from The Highland Pony Society, the notion for his book, Highland Ponies in Glen Prosen, came into existence. The book, which is a large-format high-quality coffee table book, captures and records one of the remaining Scottish ghillies that breeds, trains and works Highland Ponies.

A selection of images from the book can be viewed here 


Readers Comments and Feedback

‘ … I can’t begin to tell you how absolutely over the moon I am with this book, the two passions in my life, Scotland and Highland Ponies both in one place … Helen, Lancashire …’

‘ … the book came today and I’ve just looked at it, well done, it looks very very good and I’m not aware of anything else like it …..’    Eric Starke, Ghillie in Glen Prosen 

In a text from a son to his father;  ‘ … that’s the best book anyone has ever bought me’  Drew, Wales

‘ … thank you very much it is a beautiful book and will sit nicely with my country book collection ..’  Alan, Lancs

‘ … a beautiful book …’  Catherine, Wiltshire

‘ The book is lovely: I’m so happy I ordered it’   Klara, Washington USA




The Cranwell Bloodhounds



‘ … Hunting with bloodhounds is one of the best-kept secrets in the British countryside …’


Established in 1992 The Cranwell Bloodhounds are a privately owned hunting pack that has gained a reputation for being friendly and welcoming; so following in a tradition of hunting with bloodhounds that can be traced back over five hundred years.

In this book, we hear from the Joint Masters, the Huntsmen, the Whippers In and the many volunteers who help make this pack the success it is today, plus the photography of Matt Limb who followed them from meet-to-meet for a full season.


‘This interesting book offers a rare insight into the world of hunting with bloodhounds, especially The Cranwell Bloodhounds.  Covering all aspects of hunting from a participant’s view, from the joint masters to ‘the quarry’.

A fascinatingly enjoyable read, the book includes high-quality photography from one the countries leading field sports photographers, taken during a season following the pack’   SF, Gloucester