Dartmoor pony adoption urged by trust

Henry with his favourite DPHT Adoption pony, Smartie.
Henry with his favourite DPHT Adoption pony, Smartie.

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is urging people to buy one of its pony adoption gift packs to help fund its vital work to preserve the true Dartmoor pony on Dartmoor.

Adopted ponies will be among a small traditional herd cared for at the trust’s centre at Parke. These ponies are for everyone to enjoy and people will be able to visit them all year.

The trust says it packs are suitable for anyone, of any age, who loves horses and ponies, but for whom buying a real one is simply not an option.

The trust runs the scheme as part of its work to ensure that the traditional type of Dartmoor pony does not disappear. Single-coloured with long manes and tails, Dartmoor ponies still run wild and free on Dartmoor, but their numbers are in serious decline.

Those who buy the adoption packs will be funding the trust’s work to support the ponies on Dartmoor, to ensure they can continue to thrive as a vital part of the preservation of the Moor and its heritage.

The funding will help to ensure the continuation of the native Dartmoor pony gene pool and the preservation of the iconic pony on the moor, for future generations to enjoy.

The cost is £20 a year for British residents and £25 for those who live abroad.

The pack includes a line drawing and an adoption certificate and supporters will also receive updates on the development and progress of the pony over the following year.


If you are interested in adopting a Dartmoor Heritage Pony visit www.dpht.co.uk or phone 01626 833234.

A free ‘Meet The Ponies’ Event will be held on 27th December, between 11am and 1pm at the DPHT’s headquarters at Parke, Bovey Tracey. There will be hot drinks, mince pies and a short walk or fun on the obstacle course with the ponies (weather permitting). Bookings: 01626 833234



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