Rhuaridh Horne, from Cupar, fought off tough competition to be announced as a runner-up in the Scottish Gamekeepers Association Young Gamekeeper of the Year competition.
He took part in the competition after staff at Elmwood College nominated him. Rhuaridh recently completed his National Certificate qualification in Gamekeeping. He is now working full-time alongside his father on Teasses Estate, near Cupar and is aspiring to be a keeper on a big Highland Estate within the next two or three years.
Rhuaridh grew up fishing, snaring, trapping and vermin control is still his passion today. He went on to enrol on the National Certificate where he added to his practical knowledge of lowland estates. He was also able to gain experience of Highland estates. “I already knew some of the practical aspects but I learnt a lot about heather burning which we don’t do and gained valuable work experience with college trips to Estates in the Highlands and Borders.”
Lecturer Jim Goodlad said, “It was a real achievement for Rhuaridh. He was a smart, hard working student with obvious charm and personality and I wish him well in his career”.
Rhuaridh highly recommends the course to other young gamekeepers. “There was always something new to learn and we all benefited from 2 extremely knowledgeable and approachable lecturers, Jim and Dave. It was great!”