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  1. Wild Pony Whispering Newsletter Would you like to receive Exmoor Pony News, the newsletter from Wild Pony Whispering? Every now and again, we'll bring you news and updates and pictures from the Exmoor pony projects, books, events and what's going on in the Exmoor pony world. The newsletters will be posted on the Wild Pony Whispering website (www.wildponywhispering.co.uk) and if you'd like to receive a newsletter directly to your email, then please go to the link below and fill out the very simple response form. The October 2016 Newsletter is already online there for you to read http://www.wildponywhispering.co.uk/newsletters
  2. . National Press coverage for Exmoor ponies this week This week we have seen some amazing coverage of Exmoor Stallion Bear (Hawkwell Versuvius) in the national press. Wild Stallion Whispering tells the story of wild-born Exmoor Bear and his journey from unwanted foal (he went to the MMT) to winning two world championships in horse agility and showing success. Alongside this, in the book there is a lot of practical help for people wanting to work with semi-feral Exmoor ponies and information about their management, registration and history/heritage/background. This is all supported with prolific photos. Wild Stallion Whispering has now topped national best-selling horse books lists. The Sunday Express ran a feature on Sunday, which was picked up by BBC Breakfast TV where the story was included in the review of Sunday papers. The Daily Mail then ran the story and the Telegraph featured it on Monday. The Daily Mail then created a short video for its facebook page, which has had around half a million views! Throughout this publicity, it is being made clear that there are foals for sale on Exmoor this autumn and we are circulating this widely throughout our social media channels - and will continue to do so. While the nationals can sometimes look to 'sensationalise' their stories a little bit - notably here by intensifying the 'drama and spice' about Bear's story - the key messages are coming across very clearly about the quality and trainability of Exmoor ponies - and we must remember that for this ancient and endangered breed to have this kind of publicity, at this crucial time of year when foals need to find good homes - is priceless. So we are very grateful for the national coverage. We are already seeing some encouraging foal sales this year, although there is a long way to go. Hopefully, all this will motivate some more buyers to choose an Exmoor pony from Exmoor National Park this autumn. How to Buy An Exmoor Pony: http://www.wildponywhispering.co.uk/exmoor-ponies/how-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony Direct Link to the Contact Details in the MEPBG Breeders Directory: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/topic/1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park/ National Media Coverage this week: DAILY MAIL - 9 Oct 2016 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3829206/An-Exmoor-pony-branded-left-dead-foal-trained-world-champion.html https://www.bing.com/th?id=OVF.y5rGZGFT3hs9IMh3Gw0bBA&pid=Api Pony stallion 'Bear' shows off his impressive agility skills www.dailymail.co.uk Due to the delicate balance of mares and fillies that is required to stop endangered Exmoor ponies from going extinct, the possibility of Bear (pictured) being culled ... SUNDAY EXPRESS - 9 Oct 2016 http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/719012/pony-trauma-horse-whispering https://www.bing.com/th?id=OVF.AUQk%2Bz895GS0vxuk%2BdzuWQ&pid=Api Traumatised pony regains trust in humans after new owner ... www.express.co.uk THE future looked bleak for wild Exmoor pony Bear. TELEGRAPH - 9 Oct 2016 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/10/pony-saved-from-the-slaughter-saved-trained-and-is-now-a-world-c/ https://www.bing.com/th?id=OVF.txvCE6wZkvn1vWjWBmJ7uA&pid=Api Shetland pony race held to mark Queen's birthday www.telegraph.co.uk Exmoor pony Bear had his life completely turned around by horse whisperer Dawn Westcott after he was saved from a cull. The Daily Mail video https://www.facebook.com/DailyMail/videos/1536972689695807/ Daily Mail - Timeline | Facebook www.facebook.com - Daily Mail. 6,130,143 likes · 2,758,202 talking about this. A handpicked selection of the latest news, sport, showbiz, science and health stories from... More information about Wild Pony Whispering, Wild Stallion Whispering at www.WildPonyWhispering.co.uk
  3. EXMOOR PONY FOALS For Sale this autumn Following the pony gatherings in Oct & Nov, there will be a small number of quality Exmoor pony foals and youngstock For Sale. These beautiful ponies are born and bred in Exmoor National Park and many will have enjoyed a wonderful, free-living start in life. The newly-weaned foals need careful, patient, kind socialisation to human contact so they can make the successful transition to life off the moors. Exmoor ponies are an endangered breed so they are all important. If you would like to help an Exmoor pony foal by offering a good home this autumn then please visit the link below to the Moorland Exmoor Pony Group Breeders Directory where you will find contact details for the farmers. The MEPBG represents Exmoor herd owners Herd 423 on Countisbury (the Bryant family), Porlock Herd 100 on Porlock Hill (the Coldicutt family), Moorland Herd 99 on Molland Moor (the Dart family), the Exmoor National Park Authority herds, Tippbarlake Herd 387 on Brendon Common (the Floyd family), Withypoole Herd 23 on Withypool and Anstey Commons (the Milton family), Farleywater Herd H67 on Buscombe (the South family) and Holtball Herd 11 in Porlock Vale (the Westcott family). Link to the MEPBG Breeders Directory: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park%2F More information at www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk and www.wildponywhispering.co.uk Photos by Lisa AndJamie Waters and Helen Disberry
  4. THE MOORLAND EXMOOR PONY BREEDERS GROUP (MEPBG) DIRECTORY OF EXMOOR PONY HERD OWNERS & BREEDERS The following Exmoor Moorland Farmers & Herd Owners run either free-living and/or in ground Exmoor Pony Herds in Exmoor National Park. At certain times of the year, Moorland Exmoor youngstock or older ponies may be available For Sale. You may contact the herd owners directly, and you can also email your enquiries to the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group at moorlandexmoorgroup@hotmail.co.uk More information, news and updates about the herds and ponies can be found in the forums and blogs here at www.ExmoorPonyClub.co.uk. We will do our very best to help you find your perfect Exmoor pony!  The Bryant Family - Herd 423 Location: Countisbury - Exmoor National Park Contact: Mr James Bryant Address: Kipscombe Farm, Countisbury, Lynton, Exmoor, Devon EX35 6NE Telephone: 01598 741152 Email james.bryant@live.co.uk Yes, ponies for sale The Coldicutt Family - Porlock Herd 100 Location: Porlock Hill - Exmoor National Park Contact: Mr Matthew Coldicutt Email: matthewcoldicutt@gmail.com Telephone: 07989 322 090 Foals for sale Autumn 2016 The Dart Family - Moorland Herd 99 Location: Molland Moor - Exmoor National Park Contact: Mr William Dart email dart@champson.eclipse.co.uk Address: Great Champson, Molland, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3ND Telephone: 01769 550263. No foals for sale this autumn The Floyd Family - Herd 387 'Tippbarlake' Location: Brendon Common and Badgworthy - Exmoor National Park Contact: Mr Nigel Floyd and Mrs Maria Floyd Address: Brendon Barton, Brendon, Lynton, Exmoor EX35 6LP Telephone: 01598 741201 or mobile 07974 346755 Email: mariafloyd@gmail.com Yes, ponies for sale The Milton Family - Herd 23 'Withypoole' Loction: Withypool and Anstey Commons - Exmoor National Park Contact: Mr Rex Milton email partridgearmsfarm@gmail.com Address: Partridge Arms Farm, West Anstey, South Molton, Devon EX36 3NU Telephone: 07770 814179 or 01398 341217 Yes, ponies for sale The South Family - Herd H67 'Farleywater' Location: Buscombe - Exmoor National Park Contact: Chris Allen Address: Farley Water Farm, Brendon, Lynton, Exmoor EX35 6LQ Telephone: 01598 741272 Email: farleywater@outlook.com Foals for sale now The Westcott Family - Herd 11 'Holtball' Location: Porlock Vale & Dunkery - Exmoor National Park Contact: Nick and Dawn Westcott Address: Holt Ball Farm, Luccombe, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8SZ Tel: 01643 862466 Email: exmoorponyclub@hotmail.co.uk www.wildponywhispering.co.uk Please enquire regarding foals and youngstock potentially for sale The Exmoor National Park Authority Location: Haddon Hill, Simonsbath, North Hill Contact: Mr Richard Eales Address: Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL Telephone: 01398 323665 No foals For Sale The Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG) represents Moorland farmers and herd owners of Exmoor National Park. The group's aim is to enable good communication between the moorland herd owners of Exmoor and the wider marketplace, improve breeding and management programmes, and effectively promote and market the moorland herds to achieve better foal sales - a remit where responsibility lies with the breeders themselves. The group welcomes new members and if you would like to benefit from the knowledge and expertise within the group and enable your herd to be featured in this directory, please do get in touch at moorlandexmoorgroup@hotmail.co.uk
  5. Giving Moorbred Exmoor ponies good opportunities! Help us raise £2000 to help fund the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project this winter, which helps wild-born foals to get a good start with life off the moors. Please #donate on @justgiving and RT. Thanks! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/moorland-exmoor-foal-project?utm_id=60&utm_term=9585RYezp In 2013 we started the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project to help give wild-born moorbred Exmoor pony foals a good start in life. Exmoor ponies are an endangered breed. Because they’re born 'wild and free' it’s not easy to find people willing and able to take and tame them and there can be a limited window to find good homes. We use a positive, trust-based horsemanship approach to win the ponies confidence and friendship, including working at liberty, free from ropes and restraint. This helps the ponies to feel comfortable in their new environment and allow us to handle them. They run in herds, with free access to barns, corrals and grazing. Our care and management system is evolving to fulfil the ponies needs for company, space and stimulation. We now have ponies ranging from foals to veterans. We fund the project ourselves with some donations from supporters. We’re not a charity, largely because we don’t want to present this work as a ‘rescue’. It's more about helping these important native ponies to make the transition from living wild to coping successfully with life off the moors. We work with other farmers and the authorities to improve moorland management, breeding practices, registrations, genetics research and development and promotion of the ponies. Our Exmoor ponies enjoy agility activities and take part in our pony workshops and events to help people to better understand Exmoor ponies. We'd like to train more of them to take part in pack horse walks on Exmoor next year, where people can join us. With over 25 Exmoor ponies living on the farm, the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project requires considerable time and resource to run and we’d like to raise funds to help with the looming winter costs of the project. Costs include their care and management, feed, training, handling and equipment, etc. Your support is very much appreciated - thank you! More info at www.wildponywhispering.co.uk. Thank you for your support! Help us raise £2000 to help fund the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project this winter. Please #donate on @justgiving and RT. Thanks! https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/moorland-exmoor-foal-project?utm_id=60&utm_term=9585RYezp https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/moorland-exmoor-foal-project
  6. Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival 2016 - a Resounding Success! The Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival, which celebrates and promotes the pedigree and purebred Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park, has once again been hailed a resounding success by its organisers, the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Exmoor Pony Club and Moorland Exmoor Foal Project - drawing visitors from across the country and overseas to the area. Throughout August, people have enjoyed a host of Exmoor pony events and activities and learned about the charismatic ancient breed that graces the moors of Exmoor. Starting with a fully-booked Wild Pony Whispering ‘Discover Exmoor Ponies’ Workshop early in August, visitors then experienced the gathering of the magnificent Tippbarlake herd from Brendon Common - the largest herd of free-living Exmoor ponies in the world. Glorious weather provided great photo opportunities as the ponies cascaded through Lancombe Crossing, with Exmoor Photography and wildlife photographer Jamie Waters on hand with tips to get the best shots. Jamie also ran two Photographing Exmoor Ponies in the Wild workshops during the festival. Later that week, visitors to Brendon Barton enjoyed a guided tour of the Tippbarlake herd ponies at home on the farm with the Floyd family, followed by a delicious homemade cream tea. On 12 August, Dr Sarah Blott from Nottingham University gave a talk on the pioneering new Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project at Exmoor National Park Authority’s Exmoor House. Project stakeholders include Exmoor National Park, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Exmoor Pony Society, vet Peter Green, the Molland Estate and Badgworthy Land Company, and it is chaired by DEFRA Chief Vet Tim Morris. The MEPBG Exmoor Pony show at Brendon Show saw pedigree and purebred Exmoor ponies compete for the supreme championship and the MEPBG/AH Saddles Exmoor Pony Championship Final - both won this year by Cheritonridge Mont de Brouilly, owned by Mr N & Mrs D Westcott. Champion Foal was Mr J Bryant’s as yet unnamed moorbred filly foal and Que Sera Sera owned by Ms B Rawle stood Moorbred Champion and Overall Reserve Supreme Champion. Non-Pedigree champion was Monsieur Chapeau, owned by Mr & Mrs Westcott, who also stood Reserve Moorbred Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion in the MEPBG/AH Final. Farleywater Siren, owned by Ms K Hollick-Blee stood Pedigree Youngstock Champion. Apple Blossom and Ms M Maddocks standing ridden champions. Moorland events included a well-attended walk on Molland Moor, hosted by the Dart family who provided a homemade cream tea at their farm afterwards. Visitors were treated to the magical sight of the moor in its August glory with the herd of free-living ponies appearing from over the hill and allowing the group to walk amongst them. There were more stud visits and moorland walks including to Anstey and Withypool Commons, Countisbury and Buscombe. Later in the month, Exmoor National Park Conservation Manager Rob Wilson-North led a guided Archaeological Packhorse Walk from Crawtor Hill, accompanied by Exmoor ponies from the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project, which proved very popular with locals and visitors alike. On Sun 21 Aug the MEPBG held a busy Open Afternoon at Holt Ball with visitors keen to meet the Exmoor ponies and farmers and see the agility demos and impressive displays from local photographers and artists Jamie Waters, Maureen Harvey, Helen South and Helen Disberry. There was also the opportunity to meet Monsieur Chapeau and Bear, stars of Dawn Westcott’s real-life books, Wild Pony Whispering and Wild Stallion Whispering. Towards the end of the month, Wild Pony Whispering workshop participants learned how Exmoor stallion Bear prepares for liberty and agility work with the Core Connection Warm Up exercises featured in Wild Stallion Whispering, followed by a demonstration of his skills on the agility course. The 2016 Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival concluded with a compelling illustrated talk on Exmoor Ponies & Their Future and book signing by MEPBG co-founder and author Dawn Westcott, at Exmoor National Park Authority’s library in Dulverton. Well attended by land owners, locals and visitors, the talk highlighted the Exmoor ponies as a national treasure, together with the challenges facing them and steps being taken to safeguard their future, including the new Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project. MEPBG Chairman Nick Westcott said, “I’m very pleased to see the Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival go from strength to strength. It’s proving invaluable in helping people to understand the qualities of our indigenous native ponies and also the challenges we face in conserving and preserving them. It promotes awareness that good homes need to be found for some of the wild-born foals in the autumn and that with kind and patient socialisation, new owners are rewarded with the most wonderful ponies that can turn their hoof to almost anything - including endurance, riding, driving, jumping and agility - along with their skills as conservation grazers. The ponies are an iconic part of Exmoor and we’re keen to see more people get involved with the breed.” There will be Exmoor pony foals and youngstock available for sale this autumn from the Bryant family’s Herd 423, the Coldicutt family’s Herd 100, the Dart family’s Herd 99, the Floyd family’s Herd 387, the Milton family’s Herd 23, the South family’s Herd H67 and the Westcott family’s Herd 11. More information at www.ExmoorPonyClub.co.uk. Please email: MoorlandExmoorGroup@hotmail.co.uk. PURCHASING EXMOOR PONY ENQUIRIES: If you would like to speak with any of the MEPBG Herd Owners directly, please see the MEPBG Breeders Directory here: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/topic/1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park/ Photo Gallery: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/gallery/album/181-heritage-exmoor-pony-festival-2016/ You can also find the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Exmoor Pony Club, Moorland Exmoor Foal Project and Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival on Facebook and Twitter: www.facebook.com/MoorlandExmoorPonyBreedersGroup www.facebook.com/ExmoorPonyClub www.facebook.com/HeritageExmoorPonyFestival www.facebook.com/WildPonyWhispering www.facebook.com/WildStallionWhispering www.facebook.com/ExclusiveExmoorPonies www.facebook.com/HoltballExmoorPonyStud www.WildPonyWhispering.co.uk Twitter: @MoorlandExmoors @HeritageExmoors @ExmoorPonyClub @WildPonyWhispering @StallionWhisper Press & Media enquiries to: DawnWestcott@hotmail.com please View the full article
  7. Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival 2016 - a Resounding Success! The Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival, which celebrates and promotes the pedigree and purebred Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park, has once again been hailed a resounding success by its organisers, the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Exmoor Pony Club and Moorland Exmoor Foal Project - drawing visitors from across the country and overseas to the area. Throughout August, people have enjoyed a host of Exmoor pony events and activities and learned about the charismatic ancient breed that graces the moors of Exmoor. Starting with a fully-booked Wild Pony Whispering ‘Discover Exmoor Ponies’ Workshop early in August, visitors then experienced the gathering of the magnificent Tippbarlake herd from Brendon Common - the largest herd of free-living Exmoor ponies in the world. Glorious weather provided great photo opportunities as the ponies cascaded through Lancombe Crossing, with Exmoor Photography and wildlife photographer Jamie Waters on hand with tips to get the best shots. Jamie also ran two Photographing Exmoor Ponies in the Wild workshops during the festival. Later that week, visitors to Brendon Barton enjoyed a guided tour of the Tippbarlake herd ponies at home on the farm with the Floyd family, followed by a delicious homemade cream tea. On 12 August, Dr Sarah Blott from Nottingham University gave a talk on the pioneering new Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project at Exmoor National Park Authority’s Exmoor House. Project stakeholders include Exmoor National Park, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Exmoor Pony Society, vet Peter Green, the Molland Estate and Badgworthy Land Company, and it is chaired by DEFRA Chief Vet Tim Morris. The MEPBG Exmoor Pony show at Brendon Show saw pedigree and purebred Exmoor ponies compete for the supreme championship and the MEPBG/AH Saddles Exmoor Pony Championship Final - both won this year by Cheritonridge Mont de Brouilly, owned by Mr N & Mrs D Westcott. Champion Foal was Mr J Bryant’s as yet unnamed moorbred filly foal and Que Sera Sera owned by Ms B Rawle stood Moorbred Champion and Overall Reserve Supreme Champion. Non-Pedigree champion was Monsieur Chapeau, owned by Mr & Mrs Westcott, who also stood Reserve Moorbred Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion in the MEPBG/AH Final. Farleywater Siren, owned by Ms K Hollick-Blee stood Pedigree Youngstock Champion. Apple Blossom and Ms M Maddocks standing ridden champions. Moorland events included a well-attended walk on Molland Moor, hosted by the Dart family who provided a homemade cream tea at their farm afterwards. Visitors were treated to the magical sight of the moor in its August glory with the herd of free-living ponies appearing from over the hill and allowing the group to walk amongst them. There were more stud visits and moorland walks including to Anstey and Withypool Commons, Countisbury and Buscombe. Later in the month, Exmoor National Park Conservation Manager Rob Wilson-North led a guided Archaeological Packhorse Walk from Crawtor Hill, accompanied by Exmoor ponies from the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project, which proved very popular with locals and visitors alike. On Sun 21 Aug the MEPBG held a busy Open Afternoon at Holt Ball with visitors keen to meet the Exmoor ponies and farmers and see the agility demos and impressive displays from local photographers and artists Jamie Waters, Maureen Harvey, Helen South and Helen Disberry. There was also the opportunity to meet Monsieur Chapeau and Bear, stars of Dawn Westcott’s real-life books, Wild Pony Whispering and Wild Stallion Whispering. Towards the end of the month, Wild Pony Whispering workshop participants learned how Exmoor stallion Bear prepares for liberty and agility work with the Core Connection Warm Up exercises featured in Wild Stallion Whispering, followed by a demonstration of his skills on the agility course. The 2016 Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival concluded with a compelling illustrated talk on Exmoor Ponies & Their Future and book signing by MEPBG co-founder and author Dawn Westcott, at Exmoor National Park Authority’s library in Dulverton. Well attended by land owners, locals and visitors, the talk highlighted the Exmoor ponies as a national treasure, together with the challenges facing them and steps being taken to safeguard their future, including the new Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project. MEPBG Chairman Nick Westcott said, “I’m very pleased to see the Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival go from strength to strength. It’s proving invaluable in helping people to understand the qualities of our indigenous native ponies and also the challenges we face in conserving and preserving them. It promotes awareness that good homes need to be found for some of the wild-born foals in the autumn and that with kind and patient socialisation, new owners are rewarded with the most wonderful ponies that can turn their hoof to almost anything - including endurance, riding, driving, jumping and agility - along with their skills as conservation grazers. The ponies are an iconic part of Exmoor and we’re keen to see more people get involved with the breed.” There will be Exmoor pony foals and youngstock available for sale this autumn from the Bryant family’s Herd 423, the Coldicutt family’s Herd 100, the Dart family’s Herd 99, the Floyd family’s Herd 387, the Milton family’s Herd 23, the South family’s Herd H67 and the Westcott family’s Herd 11. More information at www.ExmoorPonyClub.co.uk. Please email: MoorlandExmoorGroup@hotmail.co.uk. PURCHASING EXMOOR PONY ENQUIRIES: If you would like to speak with any of the MEPBG Herd Owners directly, please see the MEPBG Breeders Directory here: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/topic/1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park/ Photo Gallery: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/gallery/album/181-heritage-exmoor-pony-festival-2016/ You can also find the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Exmoor Pony Club, Moorland Exmoor Foal Project and Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival on Facebook and Twitter: www.facebook.com/MoorlandExmoorPonyBreedersGroup www.facebook.com/ExmoorPonyClub www.facebook.com/HeritageExmoorPonyFestival www.facebook.com/WildPonyWhispering www.facebook.com/WildStallionWhispering www.facebook.com/ExclusiveExmoorPonies www.facebook.com/HoltballExmoorPonyStud www.WildPonyWhispering.co.uk Twitter: @MoorlandExmoors @HeritageExmoors @ExmoorPonyClub @WildPonyWhispering @StallionWhisper Press & Media enquiries to: DawnWestcott@hotmail.com please