Carrbridge gamekeeper and SGA member Ewan Archer won a new Polaris Sportsman 570 in the 2017 SGA raffle. Ewan works at Kinveachy Estate and was handed the keys to the ATV at the organisation’s Perth HQ on Thursday after buying his winning ticket through the SGA member magazine, Scottish Gamekeeper.
Flanked by SGA Chairman Alex Hogg, Richard Coleby of Polaris and Iain Stratton of supplier Stratton ATV Ltd, Ewan was delighted to get the first glimpse of his prize. After entering the annual draw every year since the SGA formed 21 years ago, he admitted he entered the 2017 draw more in support than expectation of winning.
“Since the outset of the SGA, my family and I have always bought tickets, but I didn’t believe it when my wife informed me I had won this year,” Ewan said. “A lot of the estates around about us are using Polaris to great effect for grouse moor management and for day to day getting about. I am very grateful to Polaris. It is a very generous prize.”
The 44 horsepower ATV is built for safety off-road, with smooth suspension and all-wheel drive on demand, single lever brake system and automatic transmission.
It is already a popular choice on Scottish estates, as Director of Stratton ATV Ltd, Iain Stratton, acknowledged: “Ninety five percent of our custom comes from sporting estates. Many gamekeepers will use them for feeding in areas they can’t reach with bigger machinery and for towing behind game feeders. It is great for deer extraction as well.”
SGA Chairman Alex Hogg was delighted to see the 2017 prize go to a long-time member of the SGA family.
On the back of successful partnership, the SGA and Polaris are set to renew their arrangement for 2018, with the raffle prize again set to be provided by the company.
“It is really important we have partners like Polaris,” said the SGA Chairman. “I have used a 6-wheeler Polaris UTV for five years. This particular bike is a quality product, very sturdy with a good engine. I am sure it will suit Ewan perfectly.”
Polaris UK District Sales Manager Richard Coleby said the partnership was a win-win for all parties and both organisations are looking to make the most of their continued association in 2018: “Shoots, estates and gamekeepers represent a big market for us, as a business, so it is important to support where we can in Scotland. We are probably the leader in the estates market so it is important for us to maintain profile. All our products are designed for heavy off-road performance so they really suit this type of work.”