Dartmoor Ponies

Information Blog –Dartmoor Pony Breeding /Blood line & Conservation Grazing

We are now going to explain why you should buy into our exceptional moorland Dartmoor Pony herd. Over the years we have taken care in developing the feral herd from the 1990’s when environmental change imploded into  the Dartmoor Pony market, this is well documented and needs no further explanation.  We have strived to maintain the true Dartmoor type in our blood line.  We can now offer our superb young stock for sale our mission statement being the WWW. Herd.  Go on to our web site for information or ring us 01364 621235.  Our mantra being:

WELL BRED          WELL MANAGED              WELL HANDLED                www.northhallmanor.co.uk

Our development and own self interest lies with the survival of the true to type breed the unique ability for these exceptionally hardy ponies to live un aided all year on the high moorland even under extreme circumstances whilst retaining a registered bloodline  www.dartmoorponysociety.com

We embraced the Dartmoor Pony Heritage scheme our stock was judged and the main breeding mares transferred onto Heritage Passports. Having gained this status we continue with this breeding programme, their offspring when annually judged pass onto Heritage Passports with acceptance into conservation & HLS supplementary grazing schemes giving added value to our stock www.dpht.co.uk

 Furthermore we took a step forward and asked to join the Duchy Dartmoor Pony Moorland Scheme.  We now have fillies on SR2 status ready to next year go back into the scheme as 3 year olds their offspring we await with anticipation as our first breed registered stock bred through with our own feral true to type bloodline.  This has taken time and dedication to fulfil as our first years of entry into scheme the selected mares bred colts.    Unlucky!   www.duchyofcornwall.co.uk

Having done a spot of research on the subject I have found these excellent information statements from The Dartmoor National Park, Duchy of Cornwall & Natural England Web sites:

The Dartmoor Pony Moorland Scheme was introduced in 1998, by the Duchy of Cornwall and the Dartmoor Pony Society, to improve the bloodline of ponies living on the commons on Dartmoor. The Scheme is supported by Dartmoor National Park Authority. The Scheme invites owners of suitable mares, living on the Dartmoor commons, to put them into a newtake (moorland enclosure) with a pure-bred Dartmoor stallion, between 1 May and 1 October. All the mares are inspected by the Dartmoor Pony Society and an incentive payment is made to their owners.  Any foals born are inspected and, if approved, are registered with the Dartmoor Pony Society.  Scheme strives to secure future for Dartmoor ponies.  A breeding programme aimed at improving the quality and type of Dartmoor ponies, designated by the Rare Breeds Society as ‘vulnerable’ (check out listing on www.rbst.org.uk web site)  has resulted in over 350 colts and fillies being born and registered to date.  http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/
Natural England – Native breed and risk grazing supplement                                           
This supplement encourages the use of appropriate native breeds of livestock for grazing to help achieve the aims of relevant options.  Evidence suggests that some native livestock breeds have attributes that are particularly well-suited to harsh climatic conditions, to difficult terrain, to grazing semi-natural vegetation and to achieving conservation objectives.  This supplement is also designed to contribute towards the genetic conservation of native breeds at risk.  The number and breed of livestock, and the way in which they are managed, must be suitable for meeting the objectives of the options to which the supplement is added.
You can use this supplement with a range of options, all of which you discuss with your NE project officer.
 For all Information www.naturalengland.org.uk   For more information try the Grazing Advice Partnership site  http://www.grazinganimalsproject.org.uk/