THE 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.