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

North Hill Mares (2)

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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