Tom the pony launches the 2022 Festival in style!

Tom the Exmoor pony headed to Dulverton this week to announce the launch of the 2022 Exmoor Pony Festival.  The festival runs throughout August, with a schedule of events for all of the family, aimed to celebrate the native rare breed Exmoor pony.

The festival was established 10 years ago and is arranged by a group of dedicated volunteer Exmoor pony owners and enthusiasts. Kirsty Urion has been on the organising committee for four years, “We have something for everyone, newcomers to the breed and established enthusiasts alike. Discovering the delightful nature of the Exmoor ponies, especially in their native homeland on Exmoor, is a delight for anyone interested in exmoor, equines or general nature lovers.”

To launch this year’s schedule Tom the pony, who lives at nearby Exmoor Pony Centre, went to meet the residents of Dulverton and spread the word.  As a true ambassador of the breed Tom was showcasing the fantastic qualities of these wonderful ponies which is the foremost aim of the not-for-profit Exmoor Pony Festival.

Tricia Gibson one of the event’s Walk Guides is thrilled with the interest in the breed and said that “although taking a walk with her requires sturdy boots, plenty of stamina and a picnic, there is an abundance of offerings in the schedule for all levels; with gentle walks, treasure hunts, meeting the herds and a Fun Day leading the way at making this enigmatic breed more accessible.”

Tom’s public appearance went down a real hit along with the showcase of this year’s events on display at the launch. The festival aims to engage and encourage everyone to discover Exmoor ponies, finding out about the breed’s heritage, their home on exmoor and the people that safeguard the breed for the future.

You can discover the Exmoor Pony Festival online at where you can download a copy of the 2022 event brochure or find us on facebook and twitter.  You can request a copy of the schedule by emailing or calling the Exmoor Pony Centre on 01398323093.  Advanced booking is required for a selection of the activities, please read the event details and book where necessary.

The 2022 Exmoor Pony Festival in August is set to be a huge success, we hope to see you there!

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Many thanks to the team at Teenequine for featuring the Exmoor Pony Festival’s in their latest edition.

There’s also a great article about Vanessa Bee who will once again be providing a great demonstration as part of this year’s festival.


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Simonsbath Festival


We are very pleased to be teaming up with the Simonsbath Festival to co-promote our respective festivals both of which are held here on Exmoor.
Simonsbath will feature in the Exmoor Pony Festival this year as we celebrate the forming of the foundation herds in 1818.
Here’s all you need to know about the Simonsbath Festival.
Simonsbath Festival 2018
Simonsbath Festival returns on Bank Holiday Monday May 7 with May Day celebrations for all the family on Exford Village Green and an exciting mix of classical, jazz, opera and world music concerts, talks, walks and an art exhibition which take place in the village of Simonsbath in the heart of Exmoor over the following six weeks to Midsummer.
Full details of the programme will be available on the website and you can follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.
To receive a full colour, printed festival programme email or to find out about becoming a Friend of Simonsbath Festival and enjoy priority booking while also supporting the festival, email or just call 01643 831343.
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Spread the word!

The Exmoor Pony Festival relies on many hard-working volunteers, charities and organisations to make it happen. All have one thing in common – they recognise the importance of conserving and promoting the amazing Exmoor Pony as listed in the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s Watchlist.

To help spread the word about the Exmoor Pony Festival, simply send people a link to this site or you can find us on Facebook.

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Could you help us fund the Exmoor Pony Festival?


Above: Dozens of Exmoor ponies crossed the River Barle at Tarr Steps during the Pleasure Ride organised by Exmoor Pony Society volunteers. Photo by Peter Yates ©2013.


The 2017 Exmoor Pony Festival was tremendous! Over 1,500 people enjoyed the varied events… they learned about the moorland herds on Exmoor National Park and discovered new things about this prehistoric rare breed, they met many talented Exmoor ponies and some very interesting people, joined experts to observe Exmoors in their native landscape, they took part in the Model Pony and Hobby Horse Show and took home some very special memories.

We need your support to make each festival just as successful!

It does not take much and means that many of our events are free of charge and that we have the opportunity to promote the Festival and the ponies to a wider audience, publish the Exmoor Pony Map, maintain our road safety campaign and provide promotional literature to the moorland breeders.

You can sponsor an event, take an advert in our festival brochure or sponsor a leaflet – contact Sue McGeever on 01884 839930 or Linzi Green on 01398 323093 for more details.


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