Friday, 14 September 2012

Kerrie - Part-time Centre Assistant

This is the second of our 'People Profiles' and this time it's the turn of Kerrie, one of our seasonal helpers.

I have been riding for almost 22 years so horses have always been a big part of my life.

I first started at the Exmoor Pony Centre as a volunteer in March 2011. Having recently moved to West Somerset I thought it would be a good way to meet like-minded people and get to know the area better. I started as a seasonal helper in the summer and have been here ever since!

The role as a centre assistant is very varied. In the busy summer season I spend lots of time talking to visitors about the work we do, and delivering taster sessions and taking treks out on the moor. We are very lucky to cross a couple of fields and get straight out onto Winsford Hill with no road work. The moor is very beautiful in all weathers, even in the pouring rain - which we seem to experience rather a lot of! I love the fact that you see so much more wildlife from the back of a pony.

The ridden ponies we work with are all lovely; they each have their own personality and seem to know who needs looking after. It’s difficult to have a favourite but I do have a soft spot for Dylan who is always a very trusty trek leader!

During last winter I was lucky enough to learn about handling foals from my colleagues and I am looking forward to improving my technique over the coming winter. There is always so much to learn but luckily the ponies are very good teachers!



  1. Hello Gail, hello Kerrie!! Nice to read about your work with these beautiful ponies! All the best! Take care

  2. The work is very rewarding, Kitty, and we love it.