The free-living, semi-feral Exmoor ponies have evolved through living and breeding in their indigenous, natural habitat, developing learned and genetic behaviours and characteristics of extensively grazing animals. This means that they contain important genetic material which cannot simply be replaced by similar bloodlines held elsewhere.
The Molland ponies are therefore valuable to the gene pool of the endangered Exmoor pony breed and the Molland Estate and Dart family are committed to their preservation and conservation.
No foals have been registered with the Exmoor Pony Society since around 2000, and it is hoped that the DNA Whole Genome Project and the establishment of a supplement and upgrading system within the Exmoor Pony Stud Book, will enable these ponies to be recognised and embraced back into the pedigree breeding gene pool in the future.
One of the most famous ponies is the moorbred Herd 99 stallion, Moorland Kingfisher, who is one of the most prolific and influential sires for the Exmoor pony breed. He has sired many champion quality stock and has a number of stallion sons, including Liqueur. Moorland Kingfisher was successfully covering mares right up to his last year, 2013.
Contact: Mr William Dart email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Great Champson, Molland, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3ND. Telephone: 01769 550263