Judi Spiers

 

Judi is a long-standing patron of the DPHT and has given her full support to the work the Charity does to preserve the Dartmoor pony on Dartmoor and to make a difference to young people’s lives using Dartmoor ponies as the ‘platform for learning’ – its ‘Ponies Inspiring People’ programme. Commented Judi: “I can honestly say that there cannot be any organisation more proactive, motivated, determined and fun to be around, than the DPHT! Over the years, Dru Butterfield and her team of volunteers have given opportunities to hundreds of ponies and children and I love doing what I can to support them.”

 

Judi has a good understanding of the Charity’s work and the pony situation on Dartmoor. She is great at encouraging colleagues, friends, family and everyone she meets to find out more about the lives of the ponies, to visit DPHT, adopt a pony, and to take up the free guided walks at Bellever, near Postbridge - do whatever they can to help safeguard the future of the iconic symbol of the Moor.

 

In support of our Fresh Tracks programme that took 16 young people with a range of life challenges across some 10 miles of Dartmoor with ponies Lark, Chatty and George, as part of the Ten Tors Challenge, Judi was full of enthusiasm: "Yet ANOTHER wonderful idea from Dru and the team at DPHT. Not only do they come up with these ideas but they see them through with what has become their trademark enthusiasm, passion and energy! The Army AND DPHT how can it fail?!"

 

Antony Jinman

 

“I am thrilled and proud to be a patron of the DPHT, I am passionate about Dartmoor and providing young people with effective educational opportunities using the Dartmoor National Park environment. The outstanding work carried out by the DPHT,  both in supporting Dartmoor farmers who keep herds of Dartmoor Ponies on the moor and their innovative educational programmes are areas of work that I have witnessed making a real difference. DPHT is working with a range of young people, from those with mild to profound disabilities to disadvantaged students that I have met and had the pleasure of working with during the run up to Ten Tors 2016. When the charity took 3 teams to take part in a new concept called Fresh Tracks, a wonderful opportunity for young people to work in a pressurised situation walking across Dartmoor with the aid of Dartmoor Ponies to support them. All teams completed the challenge and were left with a life changing experience that left them in a more positive and determined frame of mind to explore their world and take part in future challenges.  I look forward to supporting the charity with my expedition and educational knowledge.”

Antony Jinman is most widely recognised for being the twelfth Britain to have skied to the Geographic North Pole and ski solo to the Geographic South Pole. He also lays personal claim to being recognised by the Queen and gaining Royal Patronage from HRH The Prince of Wales after an expedition to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

His hunger for exploration began as a boy dreaming of the day he could follow in the footsteps of fellow Plymothian and Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott coming one step closer when he served as a surveyor in the Royal Navy on board the Captain’s namesake ship HMS Scott.

Just a few years into his military career, after a period of ill health, Antony made the difficult decision to put life in the armed forces behind him, and faced a very lonely transition from sailor to civilian. From what can only be described as a real low in his life, Antony has shown resilience which is evident in the work he does now offering support to others which was not available to him at the time.

As a qualified International Mountain Leader, Antony now leads teams in all manners of challenging environments, including seismic survey operations in Libya, Egypt, Kurdistan and Yemen to manage both safety and performance. And just before the age of 30, Antony realised his dream, reaching the Geographic North Pole in 2010. Keen to share his knowledge and experiences with his ‘Education Through Expeditions’ (ETE) initiative – which promotes Polar science and education to schools in Devon – Antony made it possible for 8,000 children to track his journey through email and satellite Wi-Fi, documenting the moment he stood at the South Pole using drones.

 

 

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