What’s On this year

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Film Night

See you on the 10th at Dulverton Town Hallfilm night

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Quiz and BBQ

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Exmoor Pony Festival 2017

Join us for the Exmoor Pony Festival 2017!

Now in its 6th year, we have set the dates to be 5th-20th August with events both on Exmoor and away as we seek to bring the Exmoor Experience to people across the UK.

Our 2016 strap line ‘FROM GATHER TO GLORY’ showcased the exploits of ponies born on the moor and their ability to turn a hoof to most equine sports.

In 2015, we focused on safety and awareness producing the Exmoor Pony Map and Caroline Tout’s fantastic film ‘ Surviving Wild’ – here’s the link:

The registered Exmoor pony is recognised by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (Watchlist Category 2, Endangered) across the UK.

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Exmoor Pony Festival 2016


Last year we focused on safety and awareness producing the Exmoor Pony Map and Caroline Tout’s fantastic film ‘ Surviving Wild’ – here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jilOvw-7E-w&feature=youtu.be

This year the Trustees of the Exmoor Pony Festival Trust have decided that this year’s festival theme will be … FROM GATHER TO GLORY!

So we will be celebrating the moor bred registered Exmoor pony as recognised by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (Watchlist Category 2, Endangered) across the UK.  There will be opportunities for people to meet Exmoor ponies and learn about the breed whether you are lucky enough to be down on Exmoor during the summer months or situated in other parts of the country.

We have our own special Exmoor Pony Festival rosettes that will be given out to the best moor bred pony in in-hand and ridden classes at the Exmoor Pony Society’s area shows – so that everyone can see that moor bred ponies do go on to become fantastic family ponies. And we have walks on a number of conservation grazing sites from around the UK to highlight the role of the moor bred Exmoor pony in re-establishing natural habitats in our beautiful countryside – a role they have carried out on Exmoor for centuries.

The Exmoor Pony Festival is brought to you by the Exmoor Pony Festival Trust in conjunction with The Exmoor Pony Society, the Moorland Mousie Trust and the Exmoor Committee of Herd Owners – ECHO.

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The Exmoor Pony Festival Trust is a non-profit making association that has been set up to bring together a series of events to promote all twenty registered moorland herds on Exmoor. This year the Exmoor Pony Festival will run from 8th-16th August 2015 and promotion of the event started soon after the last festival ended when we organised to take literature to the Horse of the Year Show.

We are very grateful to all those who already pledged sponsorship to assist in bringing the events together and promoting the event across the UK. If you would like to pledge support, take an advertisement in the festival brochure or provide sponsorship – Please email susan.mcgeever@btconnect.com for more details.
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What can you expect from this year’s Exmoor Pony Festival – now in its fourth year – celebrating the free-living registered herds on Exmoor and starting on 8th August

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Meet the Herds Day – an opportunity to meet ponies and the people who run the moorland herds as well as learn about their welfare and management

Accompanied Walks/Stud Visits – herd owners will take you out on the moor and talk about their ponies and their management

Safaris – if walking is not for you then hop aboard a safari, hopefully you will not only see ponies but also other wildlife

Exmoor Pony Centre – the Moorland Mousie Trust, a registered charity, runs the centre and this is a great way to actually get to know a pony or try riding one!

Conservation Grazing Day – learn about the role of the Exmoor pony as a conservation grazer and visit a dedicated conservation grazing site – especially useful for those landowners who might be thinking of using Exmoor ponies in this role.

Exmoor Pony Society Breed Show – an opportunity to see Exmoor ponies in the show ring from mares with foals to stallions, youngstock and ridden ponies. There will also be an exhibition providing information on all the registered moorland herds.

Victoria Eveleigh – Exmoor pony owner/breeder and writer will be launching her new book

Sponsored Ride – an opportunity to ride across Exmoor, raise money for charity and learn more about Endurance Riding with a special timed trial and vets on hand to check heart rates. Exmoor is the home of the Golden Horseshoe Ride now in its 50th year so apt that we should focus on this equine discipline. Plus, of course, we have several Exmoor ponies who compete at Endurance Riding up to international level. Exmoors will be competing in the Golden Horseshoe Ride.

And finally, the Versatile Exmoor Pony – whatever the equine discipline or activity think Exmoor Pony.

And, of course, some social evenings

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