The Exmoor weather threw the lot at us on our eleventh birthday. It must have been one of the wettest activity days ever at the Pony Centre. Despite that, we had plenty of visitors who cheerfully braved the rain. The Green Room was open for refreshments and drying out, and all the activities and riding took place under cover in the barn.
On 27 July, the Pony Centre hosted the media launch of Claire Lynch’s Wild Exmoor; by all accounts an amazing evening with excellent food prepared and served in the barn to guests dressed in black tie and wellies. See the video on our facebook page to get a feel for the occasion. Earlier in the month, the Society of Equestrian Artists visited us to draw our wonderful ponies and Linzi and pony Tom joined children’s author Victoria Eveleigh at the Summer Reading Challenge Launch Event at Barnstaple library. Another wet July day but at least the soaking meant Tom wasn’t plagued by flies. Always a silver lining!
From 5 to 20 August, events will be taking place across Exmoor for the 6th Exmoor Pony Festival. A full list of events, including those at the Pony Centre, can be found on our website and facebook page.
And, of course, there are our regular activity afternoons every Thursday throughout August with fun and games and the chance to get up close to our ponies with grooming and pony rides. Refreshments will be available in our Green Room building. These are all-weather events which will be held under cover if necessary. Admission is free with small charges for the activities. Minimum age for riding is 4 yrs.
And just to prove it is never too late to learn, one of our trustees recently celebrated his 70th birthday by having his first ride ever, on pony Fudge, and thoroughly enjoying it. The grin on his face says it all.