Ken and Daf Edwards of Langworthy Farm lent their beautiful and well behaved mare and foal to the RBST stand at Honiton Show

November 12, 2019

Langworthy Nuthatch was one of our first foals, born to us in 2006, which caused great excitement. We had not lived long on Dartmoor and had just acquired our first mares off the moor. Nutty’s mother was entered into the Duchy Moorland Scheme as an SR1, so she could run with a pedigree stallion (Watt’s Zoar Torr) and we were very pleased to have a filly first time around. 

All these years later, Nutty has become one of our stalwart mares, having given us eight foals to date. The latest, Langworthy Honeybuzzard (by Moortown Honeyman) came to Honiton Show to grace the Rare Breeds stand with Nuthatch his mother this year. 

The best-known of Nutty’s relatives is her half-sister, Langworthy Swift Ghost, out of the same mare. Langworthy Swift Ghost is off to HOYS this year for the third time. Like Nutty, she is an SR2, which shows how effective and successful the Duchy Moorland Scheme can be for improving quality of ponies on the moor and increasing the gene pool of the registered Dartmoor pony. 


October 08, 2019



It’s believed that a record number of Dartmoor ponies enjoyed a wonderful tally of top placings at the UK’s most prestigious horse show, held last week at the NEC in Birmingham.


Particularly special for our local Native pony breed, the Dartmoor, were results that prove that moorland-bred Pedigree Dartmoor ponies can keep up with the best in the world. 


Stallion Shilstone Rocks North Westerly, bred by the Newbolt-Young family at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, took Supreme Champion Dartmoor for the third time.  Mare Langworthy Swift Ghost, gained ninth place in The Feed Shed Mountain and Moorland First Ridden pony of the year; and was fifth – and top placed mare - in the National Pony Society/Baileys Horse Feeds Mountain and Moorland Ridden Dartmoor/Exmoor/Shetland Pony of the Year, ridden by 9-year-old Imogen Davis from Coombe Fishacre in Devon and a pupil at Ipplepen Primary School.  In the NPS class, 6 of the first 7 placed ponies were Dartmoors. 


Not to be out-shone, Shilstone Rocks-bred ponies Osborne Refrigerators Dollar and Dime whizzed veteran scurry driving star Jeff Osborne round a very tight course to finish 8th in the Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry of the Year Championship.


Swift Ghost (affectionately known as Rabbit) was bred by Ken Edwards at Langworthy Stud, Widecombe and is owned by Lizzie Houghton of Bovey Tracey, who finds time to produce her ponies in between working at Mole Valley at Heathfield!  Rabbit was bred in the Dartmoor Pony Moorland Scheme which is run by the Dartmoor Pony Society and the Duchy of Cornwall.  It enables moorland-bred mares to breed with Pedigree Stallions and the progeny to be ‘upgraded’ through the Dartmoor Pony Society’s Supplementary Register.


On Dartmoor there are a variety of ponies – all owned by pony keepers and many of whom have a mixture of these types – ranging from the smallest Shetlands, to a variety of Hill Ponies, through to Supplementary Registered and full Pedigree Dartmoor ponies, all of which survive the tough climate of Dartmoor.


The DPHT recognises that all ponies on Dartmoor have a value and encourages people to give them serious consideration as wonderful family ponies or conservation grazers. 



For further info, please call 01626 833234

Teamwork with Forestry England on Farrier Day!

July 29, 2019

We were recently out at Bellever for a farrier day to trim the hooves of the ponies in our care that make up our conservation grazing herd on site.

We are fortunate to have John Berwick as our farrier and a great team of volunteers to bring the ponies in! We also trimmed tails, cut knots out of manes and checked for ticks etc.

As we turned the ponies out from our catch pen, Tim Powles of Forestry England came to see us and understand better how we care for the ponies on the site that we all hold so dear. He ended up helping us enormously later when we went out to Riddon Ridge to search for a couple of missing ponies and he held traffic for us after we caught one of them and led her all the way back to Bellever Tor!

We believe our ponies escaped due to public access gates not being shut properly- PLEASE check that every gateway you walk or ride or cycle through is fully secure. If you have any concerns at Bellever, please call us on 01626 833234.

Visit from Stairway Group

July 14, 2019

Recently we had a very special group of visitors who wanted to find out about our work and meet our ponies:

Stairways is a club for adults with learning difficulties, over 18 years of age. Members meet every Friday morning in the Watermark in Ivybridge. Led by a wonderfully committed team of volunteers, they help members with literacy, numeracy and social skills through a variety of projects intended to catch the imagination and stimulate reading, writing and discussion.

Members have enjoyed drama, cookery, art, board games, yoga, tennis and curling lessons – and many other activities. They love going on trips and have walked with alpacas, flown hawks on the moor, visited the Egyptian House in Dobwalls and taken a dog swimming in a canine-hydrotherapy pool -so coming to visit and spend time with the Dartmoor ponies at DPHT was another big outing!

The group makes no charge for membership and provides for the needs of each of its members including providing refreshments.

Sadly, however, Stairways is struggling to recruit volunteer leaders to carry on with group, as those involved now have been running it for a very long time and need to retire or at least reduce their commitment.

Our DPHT volunteers were really touched by the great ethos and friendliness of the Stairways Group – really lovely people. If you can help them, please do contact Group Leader Ann Laity, at

Pony Handling Week

July 24, 2019

This week we’ve been handling ponies from 3 different Dartmoor farmers. Some pedigree and some not; some for sale but others staying with their breeders or even - potentially- staying with DPHT!
Here are a few photos to tell their stories. Please call us on 01626 833234 to find out more about our handling work with these ‘wild’ ponies; or to buy one and so help secure the future for the traditional Dartmoor pony.

1 / 10

Please reload

  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Vimeo Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon

Policies and Procedures  /  Data Protection Policy  /   Sponsors PatronsGallery  /  Contact  /  Links


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.

© Copyright Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust. All rights reserved. Designed by Visit Dartmoor