Friday 17th of March 2023

Visit Dartmoor visits the Dartmoor ponies


Photo Courtesy of Visit Dartmoor Ambassador, Malcolm Snelgrove

Last Friday, one of Devon’s favourite radio and TV presenters Judi Spiers joined some 35 Visit Dartmoor members to meet the ponies and people at the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Centre, located in the National Trust’s property at Parke, in Bovey Tracey.

Visit Dartmoor is the Tourism Delivery Partner to Dartmoor National Park Authority, run by Jenny How and Simon Lloyd.

Judi is a long-standing patron of the DPHT and has given her full support to the work the Charity does to preserve the Dartmoor pony on Dartmoor and make a difference to young people’s lives using Dartmoor ponies as the ‘platform for learning’ – its ‘Ponies Inspiring People’ programme.

Commented Judi:

“I can honestly say that there cannot be any organisation more proactive, motivated, determined and fun to be around, than the DPHT! Over the years, Dru Butterfield and her team of volunteers have given opportunities to hundreds of ponies and children and I love doing what I can to support them.”

Visit Dartmoor members enjoyed fantastic cakes generously provided by Bovey Castle and Home Farm Café and learned all about the work of the DPHT. The purpose of the afternoon was to educate and inform people about the Trust and the issues facing the Dartmoor pony and to encourage new friendships and business opportunities.

Armed with a much better understanding of the Charity’s work and the pony situation on Dartmoor, it is hoped that Visit Dartmoor members can now encourage their guests and clients to visit DPHT, adopt a pony, take up the free guided walks at its fantastic moorland site at Bellever, near Postbridge – do whatever they can to help safeguard the future of the iconic symbol of the Moor.


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