Owners of moorland Exmoor Pony herds enjoyed another very friendly meeting on Monday evening (13 Feb) at the newest of Exmoor venues, the Green Room at the Exmoor Pony Centre. Many thanks to Val Sherwin for hosting us all.
Exmoor Pony Grants
We launched the Exmoor Pony Grants – Linzi Green and Jason Ball were on hand to help people fill in the application forms.
A few favourite quotes from the evening:
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many of the moorland breeders all in the same room.”
“We should have an Exmoor Pony Festival. Lots of pony experiences and activities over one weekend, every year.”
Derek Sparks, who manages the Anchor Herd.
“People don’t have to brand. The rules are very clear, but not everyone reads them. So we’re going to put all that information together and send it to Exmoor Pony Society members.”
David Brewer, Exmoor Pony Society Chairman.
“If anyone else would like a hand with mapping, or a contact for agreeing pen locations then I am happy to meet with them on site.” Richard Eales, Exmoor National Park Ranger, with special responsibility for the ENPA Exmoor Ponies.
“People are welcome to take out our mobile handling system. It’s been taken out plenty of times and it works well.”
Nigel Floyd, of Brendon Common.
“We are collecting memories of hill farming in our oral history project. You don’t have to have one foot in the grave to have something interesting to contribute!”
Faye Balmond, Moorland Heritage Officer, Heart of Exmoor. Tel: 01398 322164.