Registered Charity No: 1109196 (England & Wales).
The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) is committed to preserving the Dartmoor Pony on Dartmoor. Numbers are now so low that we are in danger of losing one of Britain’s most iconic native ponies from the land of its origin. If we lose the moorland-bred traditional ponies, we may lose their valuable bloodlines and special qualities.
By giving in your Will or Legacy, you will help us to preserve the Dartmoor pony in its native habitat.
One of our primary objectives is to retain the genetic strengths of the moorland-bred pony so that they can be available when markets improve. Another is to reduce the welfare concerns caused by ineffective or inappropriate herd management methods, including the culling of foundation brood mares and the annual excess of foals.
We work with pony breeders on the Moor to tackle the problems at source, such as developing hardiness and implementing methods to reduce excess foal production and improve quality, along with dealing with welfare issues. Our handling and taming methods enable us to turn feral ponies into potential conservation grazing, riding and companion animals quickly, gently and effectively.
The DPHT is located at its purpose-built Centre at Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon, the base for our education programme, our volunteers who run the Charity and for our team of working ponies. It is where we carry out pony taming/handling, veterinary care and welfare work and is THE Dartmoor Pony Visitor and Information Centre for Dartmoor.
We have a ‘flagship’ site at Bellever, high up on Dartmoor, where we provide free grazing and care for a herd of up to 30 ponies belonging to members of our Recognised Pony Keeper scheme. We also deliver a programme of conservation work on the site and free guided walks for people of all ages and abilities, to better understand the important roles Dartmoor – and its ponies – have to play in our heritage and history, as well as our future, especially in the battle to manage climate change.