Moorland ponies are an integral part of the Dartmoor landscape. In addition to drawing in visitors, they play a vital role in grazing the moor and maintaining its character. But in recent years, their numbers have been in decline.

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (Registered Charity No. 1109196) was established in 2005 in response to widespread concern about the viability and long-term survival of the traditional Dartmoor pony. We are based at Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor where we operate a purpose-built, all-weather visitor and education centre.

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Latest news

Outrage at eating Dartmoor Ponies

25 September 2014

This week we have seen the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association say that they are planning to market Dartmoor pony meat to the public, as a way of solving the problem of too many foals on Dartmoor. This is an appalling situation. It is highly unlikely to be a success with the majority of non-horsemeat-eating British public. But above all, will eating Dartmoor ponies really provide a sound economic future for the Dartmoor Pony on Dartmoor? A far better solution is reducing the number of foals br [Read more]

Apple Day and Barn Dance - 4th October 2014

02 August 2014

We have a wonderful event coming up Apple Day at Parke will prove to be a non-stop day of Apple & Pony orientated fun and games starting at 11am in the Orchard where we will help bring in the Parke Apple Harvest, our team of ponies will act as pack ponies taking their loads down to Home Parke Cafe where harvesting will turn into juicing. This will be followed by our first ever Barn Dance starting at 7pm [Read more]


31 July 2014

Smartie the Dartmoor pony had the chance to say thank you in person to Bovey Tracey school pupils when they paid a visit to the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust's Bovey HQ at Parke last week. [Read more]

Free Family Fun Day and Pony Showcase

16 June 2014

SUNDAY 29TH JUNE 2014 11AM to 4PM - AT PARKE, BOVEY TRACEY In partnership with some of Dartmoors Pony Keepers, the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is organising a FREE FAMILY FUN OPEN DAY AND PONY SHOWCASE at the Trusts Centre at Parke, Bovey Tracey on Sunday 29th June. [Read more]

Dartmoor Ponies Migrate to the Heaths of Norfolk

26 April 2014

Early Tuesday morning another 12 Dartmoor Ponies arrived in the county of Norfolk. 5 Dartmoor farmers benefited from the sale of their stock. The consignment and transport of the ponies was organised by the DPHT as part of the Trust' ongoing work to support the Dartmoor Pony on Dartmoor. The DPHT has been working closely with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust for the past six years. The Trust has sourced moor bred strong conservation grazing ponies suitable for thriving on coarse vegetation. [Read more]

Horse and Hound Magazine Charity of the Year

29 March 2014

We have been shortlisted by Horse and Hound Magazine for their Charity of the year. Please vote for us here [Read more]


26 March 2014


Our ponies are going on holiday

10 March 2014

This is an important message to all our supporters. [Read more]

Hope Arrives At DPHT

12 December 2013

Instead of an uncertain future, a newborn foal has found sanctuary at the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Visitor and Education Centre at Parke, Bovey Tracey. A Dartmoor mare known fondly as Piglet was grazing around the Widecombe Common area when she foaled late in November, a particularly harsh time of year for a foal to be brought into the world. Foals are normally born between April to July, so a foal born this late into the season can struggle and the mare can lose condition with bringing up [Read more]


19 November 2013

News this weekend of the continued problem of Dartmoor ponies being culled for Zoo meat has provoked many to once again become concerned about the plight of one of our most popular native breeds. Some might wish to take action to assist the efforts already in place to preserve these ponies on Dartmoor. What are the facts and how can you help? [Read more]

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We urgently need your support to continue our work. Please donate via this link, which takes you to the secure Charity Choice donation service. Donations can also be sent to DPHT, Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9JQ.

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Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust
Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9JQ

Call us on 01626 833234.

Watch this video which provides an update on the Plight of the Dartmoor Pony documentary recently shown on Horse and Country TV.

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