We here at the Two Moors Festival have lived in Devon for the last 20 years or so and have to say that, even after all this time, seeing the free-roaming Exmoor ponies roaming the countryside never gets boring, which is why we’re so pleased here that the Heart of Exmoor scheme is about to hold the first Exmoor Pony Festival.
With the help of Heritage Lottery Funding, the event – due to take place between August 27th and September 2nd – will include an Exmoor pony ride organised by the Exmoor Pony Society, a horse agility demonstration, photography safaris, an afternoon on a moorland farm and a talk by expert Sue Baker, among other activities.
Heart of Exmoor scheme manager Jason Ball said: “The Exmoor Pony Festival gives you the chance to see these beautiful ponies in their native environment and meet some of the people who take care of the precious moorland herds.”
The ponies have lived in Britain since the last Ice Age thaw – around 10,000 years ago – and are direct descendants of wild European horses known to be in the country 130,000 years ago. If any animal deserves a festival, it’s certainly the Exmoor ponies!
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