Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Amanda - Volunteer-Co-ordinator

We thought it would be a nice idea to introduce some of our hard-working staff and volunteers and let them tell you a bit about what they do here at the Pony Centre and why they do it.

So this is the first 'People Profile' in what, I hope, will become a regular monthly feature.

Amanda, our Volunteer Co-ordinator, has valiantly agreed to be the first to put herself in the limelight.

I cannot remember how I heard about the Moorland Mousie Trust but my first recollection is standing in a field with several Exmoor ponies and meeting one called Robbie. Val told me he would be the ideal candidate for our first foster pony and arranged to deliver him to us the following day. Since he is now nine years old and was then just a yearling, it must have been eight years ago. 

Michael and I fostered various ponies until we sold our business and moved off the moor so now to get my pony fix I spend a day at the Exmoor Pony Centre each week helping out with more or less anything.

Last year I offered to try to co-ordinate volunteers to try to ensure that we did not all turn up on the same day and leave the staff with no help on other days. This has been difficult as every volunteer has their own life timetable but in the last 18 months I have met many wonderful people and the one thing we all have in common is that we all love the Exmoor Ponies.

I have ridden ponies from the Centre in the Golden Horseshoe Pleasure Ride as a sponsored event three times and this year I decided to have my hair cut short to raise funds instead.

Who knows what next year will bring.


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Ian Liddell-Grainger visits Pony Centre

Our Local MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, visited The Moorland Mousie Trust at the Exmoor Pony
Centre this week to lend his support to fund-raising activities and discuss issues relating
to local tourism.

‘Many people travel to this area specifically to visit the Exmoor Pony Centre and its
ponies,' he said. ' In turn these visitors boost other local tourism ventures such as accommodation providers and catering outlets. It is vitally important that this small charity, with its band of dedicated staff and volunteers, receives all the support it needs.’

During his visit, Mr Liddell-Grainger met Valerie Sherwin, Founder of The Moorland Mousie Trust; Juliet Rogers, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; staff and volunteers and, of course, the ponies.