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


05 September 2015

Dru Butterfield from the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, is joining with Sam Goodwin of Dartmoor Pony and Pack and his ponies Billy and Jasmine, to take on an impressive challenge this Autumn - to walk across the Moor for some 100 miles. [Read more]

Okehampton Show

01 September 2015

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the DPHT classes for non-pedigree traditional Dartmoor ponies at Okehampton Show this year. [Read more]


01 September 2015

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust organises a range of volunteer work party activities on its land at Bellever, Postbridge, and at its Information and Education Centre at Parke, throughout the year, led by Dartmoor Guide and Conservationist Paul Rendell. [Read more]

Chagford Show results

01 September 2015

Congratulations to long term DPHT supporter, Jenn Whitehorn, with Mitchelcombe Peter Bear (aka Cubby or Bear) for winning the Dartmoor Heritage in-hand class at Chagford Show. [Read more]


01 September 2015

As part of its commitment to expanding its conservation programme on the Moor and to improving the facilities and experience for visitors to the Centre, the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is looking for new volunteers. [Read more]

Dartmoor Pony Recognised Keeper Scheme

01 September 2015

Building on the success of the Dartmoor Pony Preservation Scheme the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust has created a new initiative known as the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Recognised Keeper Scheme. It will endorse the high standards already set by the pony breeders in terms of their own management, and it has two primary aims: [Read more]


07 August 2015

In a demonstration of commitment and cooperation to help safeguard the future of all ponies on Dartmoor, the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) has brought together Natural England, Dartmoor Zoo and students from Plymouth University to undertake a research project that will study the benefits of ponies.... [Read more]

New Dartmoor Ponies added to the sales list

15 July 2015

The DPHT runs a sales list which is updated regularly, all ponies are bred by our recognised pony keepers, selecting mares and stallions for their perfect temperaments, conformation and potential. [Read more]


30 June 2015

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust sponsors special classes for Heritage and single colour, traditional Dartmoor-type ponies, at both Chagford and Okehampton Shows, offering 25 premiums to the winners of each of the in-hand and ridden classes at both. Entries close early July. [Read more]

Volunteer Meeters & Greeters

28 May 2015

Do you love ponies and people and are over 18 yrs old with a few hours to spare? We wish to increase our opening hours during weekends, particularly Sunday afternoons and during school holidays. Full training is provided to work alongside our friendly volunteer team. Please contact the centre for more details. [Read more]

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Visit Dartmoor is the Official Tourism Partner to Dartmoor National Park. We offer the best in accommodation, activities, attractions and all the information you need to make your trip to Dartmoor a memorable one!

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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where to find us


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.

Visit our group page on Facebook (search for Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust)