We did quite a lot of pony training during the first half of the year (particularly when it was drier!). Dan and Bobby competed in their first ever Horse Agility competitions winning 2nd and 3rd rosettes...whilst Rocky and Arthur shared a 1st in one of their competitions! Arthur progressed with his ridden work and won our first ridden Horse Agility rosette.
Arthur learnt a new trick for his Horse Agility which entertained us all!
We had the triumph of St John's Fayre and the parade - a super effort from our ponies and volunteers!
We rounded up our conservation ponies
We campaigned in Parliament on Animal Welfare issues and continued our work educating people about what really happens on Dartmoor. We finally found the Hot Branding Code of Conduct...and dispelled rumours that Harrods were going to stock Dartmoor Pony meat!
Sadly we have lost some ponies this year so we have had tributes to p4p ponies Misty and Mrs Brownhead...and then the unexpected actions of others that led to the death of Mousey...a journey of one pony which will not be forgotten...and the experiences, emotions and lessons of all the people she encountered and taught along the way - she drew out the truth behind situations and people - something which we will never forget.
We patrolled and monitored the autumn wild pony markets
All our loan ponies happy and busy in their homes! Lulu found a new home...or re-found a home as she was reunited with her previous fosterers!
September brought the relief of successful haymaking!
We ran lots of fundraising stalls to raise money for the ponies!
We were lucky enough to have special visits, and a course run in aid of P4P!
A hedgehog arrived in need of rehabilitation and is
continuing to make progress
And of course our ponies finished December with a check up on their teeth!
Our 2016 calendar is sold out and has been the most popular yet so
keep an eye out for calendar updates for each month next year!
So that's a quick round-up of our year! So big thank you's to all our volunteers, sponsors and supporters - we wish you all a very happy and healthy 2016!