Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust – 10 years on – happy birthday

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust celebrated their 10th anniversary as a charity on Saturday evening and I went to their party. The main event was the naming of their new building after their founder Elizabeth Newbolt Young.

DPHT2Here is Elizabeth arriving on a trap drawn by two Dartmoor ponies

DPHT1Lovely smile

DPHT3Elizabeth unveils the plaque with Chair of the DPHT Judy Fawcett

DPHT5Dru Butterfield – DPHT’s Manager addresses the audience

The DPHT are tenants of the National Trust at Parke and we helped to facilitate their move from Brimpts Farm. We are very supportive of them and the work they do in fighting for the Dartmoor pony and using them in numerous conservation grazing projects around the country.

Dartmoor pony 2Here are some of their Dartmoor ponies on St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly which I photographed a couple of weeks ago.

Dartmoor pony 1Working for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust – looking over to the Eastern Isles

I have written a number of blogs over the years on the conservation grazing efforts of the DHPT’s ponies – in Norfolk for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, at Fernworthy for the SW Lakes Trust, in the Teign Valley for us, on Woodbury Common for the Clinton Estate Estate and finally for us here at Parke.

The Dartmoor pony faces an uncertain future here on Dartmoor – it is an iconic symbol of the National Park and with the DHPT as one its champions I am hopeful for the future.

Happy birthday DHPT and here’s to the next 10 years.









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