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!