Pictures from the 2014 World Bolving Championships on Exmoor

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An evening of bolving with Exmoor ranger Richard Eales (right)

Johnny Kingdom and his film crew joined a crowd of over 100 for the World Bolving Championships held at Exmoor National Park at the weekend (Sat 18 October 2014) where competitors roared their hearts out hoping to get stags to call back, all to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust! The annual contest had a junior category for the first time won by Harry Adderley, and the senior title went to Rob Follett.

For the full news story, interviews, etc, please contact Richard Eales, Exmoor National Park Ranger on 07772 989737. Please credit the photographer if you use any of these images: © Jason Ball.

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Above: Junior winner Harry Adderley with TV celebrity Johnny Kingdom and judge Valerie Sherwin.
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Above: (Left to Right) Johnny Kingdom, judge Valerie Sherwin, winner Rob Follett, and Chrissie Thomas who presented the Phil Ferris Shield.

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Above: Dean Lewis with Lottie Holland – the youngest bolver of the event – watching and listening to Red Deer in the valley. The World Bolving Championship attracted a large crowd of all ages.

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Above: Johnny Kingdom bolving at Exmoor National Park.

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Above: Rob Follett’s bolving impressed judges the most – congratulations to the World Champion!

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Above: A bolver with Exmoor ranger Richard Eales.

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Above: A bolver in the spotlight.

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Above: Yosse Mason was one of the junior bolvers.

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Above: seasoned competitor Robin Offer came close to winning!

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Exmoor ranger Richard Eales (right) insists: “Quiet please for the bolving – this is serious!”

Junior winner Harry Adderley with Johnny Kingdom and Valerie Sherwin 2014_10_18

Above: Bolving Junior World Champion 2014 Harry Adderley with TV celebrity Johnny Kingdom and judge Valerie Sherwin.

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Above: (Left to Right) Johnny Kingdom, judge Valerie Sherwin, World Champion Rob Follett, and Chrissie Thomas who presented the Phil Ferris Shield.

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Above: A bolver in the spotlight with Exmoor ranger Richard Eales.

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Above: Rob Follett bolving.

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Above: World Champion bolver Rob Follett.

Please credit the photographer if you use any of these images: © Jason Ball.

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Natural Flood Management, 22 October 2014.

Nigel_Hester_at_HolnicoteFind out more about water catchment management projects and work on the ground at the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate. Get the farmer’s perspective from Robert Williams, and the view of the project manager from Nigel Hester. An event by the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate for the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership, aimed at farmers, landowners and other countryside managers.

Transport grant available for Young Farmers Clubs – please ask for details.

Programme

11.00am: Presentations indoors at Piles Mill.

  1. a) NT/Defra Multi-objective Demonstration Flood Project – From Source to Sea
  2. b) Long-term monitoring and development.

12.30pm: Buffet Lunch.

1.00pm: Site visits.

  1. a) With NT tenant farmer Robert Williams, talking about land management considerations and working in partnership.
  2. b) Moorland site management to slow down water in the upper catchment.

2.30pm: End.

Venue

Piles Mill, then out on site after lunch. Piles Mill, Allerford, Somerset. (On the A39 near Porlock. Grid ref: SS 906 466.)

Book a place

Booking essential. Please contact Carole Elliot on holnicote@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01643 862452 to reserve a place. Flyer / booking form: Natural-Flood-Management-22oct2014

Moorland - the Heart of ExmoorThe Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and our local partners and funders. www.heartofexmoor.org.uk

 

 

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Swaling Equipment and Techniques 20 October 2014

Swaling Equipment and Techniques.
Monday 20 October, 2pm.
The tank grounds, North Hill, Minehead. (Grid ref: SS 953 474)

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Controlled burning can be daunting, especially with busy roads and walkers around. Come along to a free, informal event where ranger Tim Parish and National Park staff will go through the issues involved and how best to carry out burns in such places. Weather allowing, there will also be demonstrations and discussion over lighting and fire control techniques for different vegetation on Exmoor.

Exmoor National Park Authority also has equipment that can be loaned for free to those carrying out controlled burning. This includes a fogging unit/bowser, road signs, beaters etc. Find out how to borrow the kit and how to get the best out of it.

  • Light refreshments available.
  • Transport grant available for Young Farmers.

Book a place

Please email Elaine Woodcock ewoodcock@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or call 01398 322231.

Booking form / poster: Swaling_event_20_Oct_2014

Moorland - the Heart of ExmoorThe Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and our local partners and funders. www.heartofexmoor.org.uk

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Could you get a Red Deer to answer back? World Bolving Championships 18 Oct 2014

Saturday 18 October

6pm @ Draydon Rails, Dulverton, TA22 9QE. (Exmoor!)

800_Bruce Raidl_Deer_PermissionRequiredToUse 016The 11th Annual Bolving World Championship Competition takes place at Draydon Rails on Exmoor starting at 6pm. This is a competition to find out who can sound most like a rutting stag – can you get a real live deer to answer you across the wild deep valley? If you would like to join in/try your vocal chords to their limit, then just turn up on the night and enter! Entries are a minimum donation of £2 and all the money raised will go to Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

This year we have a lovely framed stag picture that has been kindly donated by www.mikesherwinphotography.co.uk as well as the usual Phil Ferris Shield that will go to the winner! Mike has also kindly donated a picture that will be presented to the best JUNIOR bolver, so get practicing kids!

Where to meet

You can meet up with other competitors at The Rock House Inn, Dulverton at 5pm or just turn up on site at Draydon Rails at 6pm.

After the competition it’s back to the pub for the results and winners presentation, beer, sandwiches and the prize draw and auction!!! For further details please contact Exmoor National Park Ranger Richard Eales on 07772 989737.

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Exmoor Pony Festival enjoyed by thousands

Over 3,000 people joined the 2014 Exmoor Pony Festival to celebrate the famous free-living pony herds on Exmoor National Park, with 9 days of safaris, country shows, herd open days, walks, rides and family fun – supported by volunteers, herd owners, tourism providers and the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Heart of Exmoor scheme.

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The Exmoor Pony Festival showcased the rare breed at its best, celebrating the versatility as well as the heritage of these beautiful ponies. Artwork by 10-year-old Minehead pupil Millie Salway launched the festival with a beautiful colour poster. Visitors watched the herds on the open moors, cheered on equestrian champions at the shows, met ponies at family fun events and heard first-hand from Exmoor breeders.

Linzi Green, Heart of Exmoor’s Pony Officer, said: “As always there was something for everyone whether you are new to Exmoors or a keen fan of the breed… from the thrill of watching the moorland herds on the moors Exmoor National Park, to witnessing the amazing achievements of ponies bred on the moor who have achieved champion status in a variety of disciplines.”

Open days attracted 90 enthusiasts to learn more about herds behind the scenes – a day with the Anchor Herd hosted by Emma Wallace and a visit to the Tawbitts Herd hosted by Mesdames Ablett and Langdon. (Thanks BBC Radio Devon for the interview live from Exmoor.)

Mrs & Mrs Bryant’s pony Moonpenny Aquarius made history at the Dunster Show, as the first Exmoor Pony in over 160 years to win ‘Supreme in Show’! No mean feat with more than 500 equines entered.

Que Sera Sera, a pony orphaned at 2 weeks age when its mother was knocked down, won Supreme In Hand Champion at the inaugural Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group Show, run at Brendon Country Show hosted by Tippbarlake Herd owners Nigel and Maria Floyd where even Hurricane Bertha’s efforts did not deter the event.

At the Exford Show, celebrity wildlife film maker Johnny Kingdom interviewed moorland farmer Rex Milton (Withypoole Herd) recording for his new TV programme ‘the Exmoor year’. The Exmoor Pony Society’s annual breed show had a Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifier won by Eddra Chillies ridden by Miss Phillips and bred by Mrs Debbie Davy who also went on to take the Supreme title.

Children’s author and Ilkerton Herd pony herd owner Victoria Eveleigh told stories at the Exmoor Pony Centre’s family fun day with crafts and cream teas.

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Off-road landrover adventures were provided by Barle Valley Safaris and Experience Exmoor viewing the best of Exmoor National Park’s wonderful landscapes.

Exmoor ponies on North Hill greeted walkers on North Hill led by Exmoor National Park Authority Ranger Richard Eales and Kestra French from the Moorland Mousie Trust. To round off the festival week, a fun-ride attracted ponies of all kinds to tour Winsford Hill, and an Exmoor Pony met visitors at the Bogtastic event in Simonsbath.

 

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Editors Notes

Updates on http://exmoorponyfestival.org.uk (no www.) facebook.com/ExmoorPonyFestival and Twitter: @heartofexmoor Hashtag: #exmoorponyfest

Media contact

Clare O’ Connor, Exmoor National Park Authority. Direct Line: 01398 322244. Mobile: 07772 092128. Pictures available from Clare or the festival blog.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The purpose of the Exmoor Pony Festival is to promote the registered free-living moorland herds of the Exmoor Pony as part of the Exmoor National Park’s landscape and heritage, to educate the public on the welfare and management of the herds and to foster an appreciation of the Exmoor Pony breed.

Exmoor Ponies are excellent for riding, driving and agility, often winning prizes, their high intelligence apparently linked to life in the wild as free-roaming herds. Exmoor National Park is the home of the Exmoor Pony, an ancient and hardy breed perfectly adapted to the moorland landscape.

Everyone loves the famous Exmoor Pony herds and they are truly part of the moorland landscape, yet we should remember behind the picturesque scenes is a dedicated army of farmers, volunteers, inspectors and rangers who all work to secure the future of the free-roaming Exmoor Pony.

The Exmoor Pony Festival relies on many hard-working volunteers, charities and organisations to make it happen. All have one thing in common – they recognise the importance of conserving and promoting the amazing Exmoor Pony! The Festival is jointly coordinated by Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership, Exmoor Pony Society and The Moorland Mousie Trust / Exmoor Pony Centre.

Heart of Exmoor “Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor’s moorland and supporting those who take care of it.” The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership runs a lottery-funded scheme to promote the Exmoor’s moorland heritage, investing a million pounds to benefit the landscape and local communities. The partnership projects have generated over 9,000 visitors, 3,000 volunteer days, trips for 6,000 schoolchildren, and 500 skills trainees. Visit heartofexmoor.org.uk for details.

The Exmoor Pony Centre (Moorland Mousie Trust). Open Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays) the centre offers everyone a chance to meet Exmoor ponies at close quarters, provides education, training in pony handling, conservation grazing advice, riding and more. Run by the Moorland Mousie Trust, a charity with HRH the Duchess of Cornwall as their royal patron. For details please visit exmoorponycentre.org.uk or call 01398 323093.

The Exmoor Pony Society. A Registered Charity, the Exmoor Pony Society was set up in 1921 for the registration of pure-bred Exmoor ponies, the conservation of the breed and the preservation of the breed standard as well as promoting the ponies to the general public. Friends of Exmoor Ponies is the fundraising part of the Society and volunteers travel to shows up and down the country to educate the public about this rare native breed. For more information, please visit exmoorponysociety.org.uk or call Sue McGeever on 0845 607 5350.

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Exmoor Pony Festival events on today

TODAY’S EVENTS

The MEPBG Pony Show at the

Brendon Country Show.

10.30am start. Sunday 10 August.

The inaugural Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group MEPBG Exmoor Pony Show will feature both moorbred and homebred Exmoor ponies from Exmoor National Park. There are classes for registered, Section X and Exmoor-X ponies. Come and experience the old traditions of the Exmoor moorland farmers gathering to showcase their beautiful Exmoor ponies, at one of Exmoor’s longest standing horse shows. Plenty of accommodation available (including stabling & grazing).

We look forward to seeing you there! Location: Brendon Barton Farm, Brendon, Lynton, Exmoor, Devon, EX35 6LP.
Show Schedule and Entry Form available at http://www.brendonshow.co.uk Contact: MEPBGShows@hotmail.com / 01598 741201.

Social Evening – Quiz and BBQ.

6.30pm. Sunday 10 August.

A barbecue in the beautiful surroundings of the Exmoor Pony Centre, with a fun quiz hosted by Dr Sue Baker, author of ‘Survival of the Fittest’. A relaxed and welcoming evening open to all Exmoor Pony enthusiasts! Take this opportunity to learn more about Exmoor ponies and meet a few of local characters and herd owners of Exmoor. Meet: The Green Room at the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, near Dulverton, TA22 9QE.
Contact: Linzi Green 01398 323093.

MORE EVENTS at http://exmoorponyfestival.org.uk 

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Exmoor’s Archaeology Forum 27 September 2014

Celebrate the rich archaeological landscape surviving on Exmoor at the 14th Annual Archaeology Forum on Saturday 27 September 2014, the 60th anniversary year of the designation of the National Park.

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A digital artist’s impression of Chapman’s Barrow, comissioned through the Heart of Exmoor Scheme. Copyright 2013 (c) Peter Lorimer

The forum will highlight recent work across the National Park including community projects such as the Longstone Landscape Project investigating moorlands above Challacombe and Parracombe. There will also be an update on the historic settlement project Dig Porlock Village.

Is White Rock Cottage more than a humble dwelling? Find out how it has been a key to researching the creation of the 19thcentury landscape in Simonsbath. New discoveries associated with the Exmoor Mires Project will be presented together recent palaeological research into the development of the mires and an assessment of the historic routeways which have carved their way across the moor.

Rob Wilson North, conservation manager at Exmoor National Park says: “The archaeological forum is our chance to share more detailed information about what we and others have discovered about Exmoor’s past and discuss how the results can be interpreted and lead us into new areas of research.”

Speakers will include Ralph Fyfe (University of Plymouth), Linda Blanchard and Hazel Riley as well as staff from Exmoor National Park: Faye Balmond (Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership), Lee Bray (Exmoor Mire Project), Shirley Blaylock and Rob Wilson-North.

This year the forum will be held in Filleigh Village Hall and the cost is £15 per person (lunch included) or £10 per person without lunch. The event is usually well attended so anyone who is interested should book as soon as possible. The booking form can be downloaded via: http://goo.gl/pIzMcN

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