Saturday, 14 March 2015

March Newsletter

Our Easter Open Day is on Sunday 5th April from 11:00 till 3:00. Come and join in with an Easter Egg Hunt, meet the ponies, enjoy refreshments, crafts and for over 4’s, pony rides. 

There is also a chance to meet an Exmoor Pony at South Molton Wildlife Day on Saturday 4th April between 9:00 and 1:00

Much has been made in the Czech Republic about the herd of ponies that arrived there in January and in April, they will be joined by a stallion to complete and increase their numbers. We look forward to seeing the offspring next year. You may have seen some film of their arrival as it featured on the news on both BBC and ITV when they also did a report from the Centre. 

Seven two year old ponies are doing a great job of grazing at Arlington Court and seven year old Jazz will be working with the ranger there during the season. Twelve foals born last year are currently at the Centre learning to be sociable though some of them are still available for purchase from their breeders.

Kate and Percy, two of our resident ponies have been having special treatment this winter with extra feeds and being stabled overnight which inevitably has resulted in more work and higher bills but we are pleased to say that they are both looking much better for it.

Please look at our website   for any further details about future events and more about the work we do to preserve and promote these wonderful ponies and please support us in any way that you can.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Traprain Ponies

Thanks to Liz for sending these photos of Bob and Dandelion in 'The Den' on Traprain.



Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Pancake Day

Pancake Day at the Centre was a great success. Pony rides and crafts were popular as usual and the Green Room team had one of their busiest and best open days ever, with a constant stream of customers and almost selling out of cakes and pancakes.

Sheila, Anne, Anna, Stephanie and Gail

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Exmoor Ponies travel to Czech Republic.

A very exciting project that the charity has undertaken over the last few months, is the setting up of a breeding herd of Exmoor ponies in the Czech Republic.

Full credit must go to our Trustee, Juliet Rogers who put in a great deal of work initially promoting ponies as the best conservation grazing animal. Once the ponies had been chosen, Juliet and her helpful team organised all fourteen mares and their owners who needed to comply to veterinary and legal requirements before the ponies were allowed to travel. 

The weekend before their overseas trip seven ponies grouped in Northumberland with Juliet and seven ponies grouped here at the pony Centre. They left these two locations and met up at the holding area near the docks to have a final inspection before being loaded onto the lorry and heading off to Frankfurt via the ferry. 

Exmoor Ponies Arriving in the Czech Republic
The ponies arrived to their new home; a huge enclosure just 20 miles from Prague. All ponies had travelled well and arrived in excellent condition. They also arrived to a media frenzy and made the national news in the Czech Republic. Back here in the UK, their previous owners breathed a sigh of relief that all ponies were safe and happy.

The promotion of this great project then began. The Trust and Centre have been filmed for both ITV and BBC news as well as having a great deal of publicity in local and regional papers and radio. We are thrilled with this outcome and so pleased that Exmoor ponies are being recognised internationally for their hardy and enduring qualities. 

We would like to thank the volunteers, vets and other accomplices who helped get this project underway. Without them it just wouldn’t have been possible.