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MEPBG News & Events

26 May - Running Wild Photograph Exhibition Opening Night - Dunster

An invitation to join us at the Running Wild Exhibition Opening Night on Fri 26 May 5pm-7pm, Dunster National Park Centre, TA24 6SE. Fund-raising event for both the Exmoor Pony Centre and the Exmoor Pony Project.The initial idea behind the exhibition was a desire to create pictures of the wild Exmoor ponies that would challenge the traditional imagery seen of these iconic animals. The curator, photographer Nina Dodd brought together nine Exmoor-based photographers and asked them to create images of the ponies over a period of six months in 2016-17. The result is an engaging collection of images, presented in a multiple of genres and post-processing styles. A show of taking on a traditional topic and running wild with it. The exhibition runs from May to November. 

Geoff Baylis - Photographer, Picture framer

Alex Dodd - Creative Media student

Nina Dodd - Photographer
Gaynor Gough - Photographer

Laura Grant - Artist, Photographer

Paula Kirby - Photographer

Jack Mccausland - Visual Media student

Stuart Warstat

Dawn Westcott Paragraph

Can you name ENPA's new Exmoor foal?

The Exmoor National Park Authority has welcomed the first foal for seven years into its Warren herd of Exmoor ponies. She is the daughter of Warren Zoha and the national park would like ideas regarding what to name the foal - as long as it begins with 'B' and is floral. 
If you'd like to suggest a name then please go to ENPA's Facebook - ENPA also have a Twitter page @exmoornp

EPS votes to stop picking up foal's feet

MEPBG letter to the Exmoor Pony Society 4 May 2017:
Dear Mr Brewer (EPS Chairman)
Re: EPS rule change to cease picking up feet during foal inspections
The MEPBG is delighted to hear that the members voted at yesterday's AGM [3 May 2017] that the feet of foals will no longer be picked up during EPS inspections."This is a major step forward in both pony welfare and in stemming the exclusion of important genetics from the stud book and breeding gene pool, through no longer rejecting ponies for the colour of sole plates. It also vastly reduces the risk of damage and injury to both handlers and ponies."It would be good to address the issue of retrospective inclusion of Exmoor ponies previously 'failed' for the colour of sole plates, as there is a significant number of quality ponies, both on and off the moor, that can now be upgraded to pedigree status. Both with regard to the breeding herds and also in enabling ponies to take part in affiliated showing classes."We understand the trustees are discussing this at their forthcoming meeting in June and we look forward to hearing how the upgrading will be progressed.
Regards, Nick WestcottMEPBG Chairman, Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG)

Horse & Hound - MEPBG Chairman's letter (30 Mar 2017 issue)

 Following the article 'Rare Native Breed Genes at Risk' (H&H 16 Mar issue) Horse & Hound magazine has published this letter of clarification from Nick Westcott: 

"Dear H&H, Firstly, congratulations on the new H&H look, which is great! With regard to the article 'Rare Native Breed Genes at Risk' (16 March) the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group first served resolutions asking for clarification of the 'no white markings' rule, and the addition of a supplement and upgrading system to the Exmoor Pony Stud Book (EPS), in 2015. The Exmoor Pony Society asked for the resolutions to be withdrawn in return for forming a working party of EPS and MEPBG representatives to progress discussion of both. Unfortunately, due to the lack of progress made, the no white markings resolution was re-served in February this year. But after the society left the names of various people off the list to circulate to members, the resolution has been withdrawn once again, while the proposers obtain further hard copies of signatures to avoid omissions. The EPS also received a "health & safety" letter pointing out that, due to the dangerous and unnecessary practice of forcibly lifting the feet of unhandled semi-feral Exmoor ponies, the trustees may be criminally liable and the MEPBG herd owners no longer want the feet to be picked up during inspections. Good genetics continue to be wasted as a result of failing foals for the colour of sole plates."
Nick Westcott - Chairman, MEPBG. 

Horse & Hound article 16 Feb 2017

Horse & Hound Magazine
Rare Breeds Special - Exmoor Ponies
16 February 2017 issue

Subscribe to H&H magazine here

Photos featured: 

Double page spread: The Tippbarlake Herd 387 ponies crossing at Lancombe to Brendon Common, Exmoor National Park

The Moorland Herd 99 ponies in the pens, Molland Common, Exmoor National Park

Kathy Hollick-Blee riding Farleywater Herd H67 pony, Mr Mischief

The 2017 Heritage Exmoor Festival

The  2017 Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival Calendar of Events and Activities will embrace and celebrate other iconic Exmoor National Park animals and moorland farming - to better explain and illustrate why the True Moorland Type Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park are so unique and special. 

With Exmoor ponies remaining the core focus, the Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival will promote awareness of how and why the farmers of Exmoor are working so hard to safeguard their future. 

Herd 423 passes to new ownership

The MEPBG and Exmoor Pony Project worked closely with farmer James Bryant and The North Devon National Trust to secure the hand over of the ponies to the National Trust at the end of February 2017. 
The Exmoor Pony Project promoted and secured the successful sale of the filly and colt foals to good homes, with foals travelling as far as Germany and Ireland, as well as throughout the UK. 
The MEPBG and Exmoor Pony Project are continuing to work closely with the North Devon National Trust regarding the Herd 423 Exmoor ponies.

Read more about Herd 423 here. 

German film-maker Marc Lubetzki helps us promote Herd 423 foals for sale

It was amazing to discover that a filming team, dedicated to capturing footage of wild horses across the globe, were on Exmoor and when they discovered that we are trying to find good homes for some beautiful wild-born foals from Herd 423 on Countisbury - they amazingly offered their services! 
So Dawn Westcott joined Marc Lubetzki and Martin Buschmann to capture some footage of the very last progeny of moorland stallion Hawkwell Great Gatsby, who sadly died last year. It was poignant as Marc Lubetzki had spent time filming Gatsby in 2012 and had returned hoping to see the stallion on his visit. Nevertheless, he was pleased to meet Farleywater Zeus who is now running with the Porlock Herd 100 on Porlock Hill. And it was to Countisbury he came for the important task of recording some footage of the Herd 423 foals from 2016, who are keen to find good opportunities when they are shortly to be weaned from their dams. James Bryant must be congratulated on his breeding programme for the wonderful quality of his foals. They certainly reflect the True Moorland Type Exmoor ponies we are all so keen to see.

Exmoor Foals Need Good Homes!

Wild horse film-maker Marc Lubetzki took time out to shoot some footage of the lovely Herd 423 foals on Countisbury who need to find good homes. 

Their sire, Hawkwell Great Gatsby, has sired some amazing progeny - which includes multi-champion stallions, Hawkwell Versuvius 'Bear' and Hawkwell Robert Redford. 

We are keen to see all of Hawkwell Great Gatsby's lovely progeny find good homes. 

Update: We are please to confirm that the Herd 423 foals have now found good homes.

Horse & Hound

The MEPBG and member's herds feature in a super 3-page Rare Breeds Special "An Exmoor Addition" in the 16 Feb 2017 issue of Horse & Hound magazine.

Westcountry Equine Fair 3 & 4 Dec, Exeter

We will be exhibiting on Stand 137 at the Westcountry Christmas Equine Fair on Sat 3 & Sun 4 December.

We'll be promoting the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, the Exmoor Pony Project (Moorland Exmoor Foal Project) and there will be book signings for Wild Stallion Whispering and Wild Pony Whispering on both days. 

Look forward to seeing you there! 

Tippbarlake Herd Gathering - Sat 3 Dec

The Tippbarlake Herd is being gathered from Brendon Common to Brendon Barton this Saturday 3 December. If anyone would like to watch and/or help, then please contact Maria Floyd on 01598 741201. Pedigree and Purebred Moorland Exmoor foals will be For Sale following their inspection. The Tippbarlake herd is the largest herd of Exmoor ponies, founded on ancient bloodlines from Herds 1 and 10 and additionally with Ilkerton and Woolhanger lines.

Tippbarlake gathering video:

Moorbred Exmoor Pony Foals For Sale Now

The MEPBG Herd owners have a small number of Pedigree & Purebred Moorbred Exmoor pony foals For  Sale now. 

Please see the list of breeders on the MEPBG page for contact details and more information about the herds. 

MEPBG Breeders Directory
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