GUARDIANS OF THE BREED
A registered Charity, the Exmoor Pony Society was set up in 1921 by moorland farmers for the registration of pure-bred Exmoor ponies, the conservation of the breed and the preservation of the breed standard thus maintaining this important part of Exmoor’s heritage. The Society also promotes the ponies to the general public attending events, holding shows and clinics and being a lead organiser in the Exmoor Pony Festival. The Society holds the official stud book which became a closed studbook in 1962 – a decision taken by the moorland farmers. In accordance, with DEFRA legislation acts as a Passport Issuing Organisation. The Society has worked with the moorland herd owners for almost a century to ensure that the Exmoor Pony continues to thrive in its natural habitat. Numbers dropped to around 50 at the end of the Second World War and today the Exmoor Pony is on the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s Watchlist in Category 2. The Exmoor Pony Society registers ponies on Exmoor and throughout the UK, Europe and North America.