About Us

At the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

OUR MISSION

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust works tirelessly to secure the future of the native Dartmoor Pony, while inspiring and connecting people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage.

Two words drive everything that we do: Conservation and Education.

OUR AIMS

DELIVERING OUR AIMS THROUGH EDUCATION

The central tenet of DPHT’s work is to deliver innovative education and conservation opportunities so young people and adults can learn more about the plight of the Moorland Pony, their crucial role in its ecology and their role in mankind’s place on the landscape.

These education opportunities, which are open to schools and private groups, are designed to enhance people’s health and wellbeing while improving their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Dartmoor’s landscape, biodiversity, archaeology and heritage.

Such educational endeavours include our renowned equine assisted learning programme. The DPHT works with students with special needs, challenging behaviours, autism and anxiety, using the Dartmoor Pony as a platform for learning and developing life skills.

These specialist programmes are tailored to individual needs and allow participants to interact with these sensitive animals, building confidence and creating bonds between client, equine and their environment.

OTHER KEY ASPECTS OF OUR WORK

Working with key partners is critical to our aims; we work closely with conservation bodies like the National Trust and local Wildlife Trusts to place ponies for conservation grazing.  We also work closely with other stakeholders and pony keepers to ensure their involvement in conserving the Dartmoor Pony.

Our bespoke visitor and education centre at Parke Estate is open to the public on selected days throughout the year and is a valuable resource in promoting our efforts and education opportunities.

Due to Covid19 – The Centre is currently CLOSED to visitors.

The DPHT is also an active member of the Pony Action Group, an association of organisations concerned for the welfare and future of ponies on Dartmoor.

If you’d like to discuss our work and what we do here at DPHT, call us on 01626 833234 or email admin@dpht.co.uk

Our Philosophy

Conservation and education sit at the heart of everything we do, playing a key part in the thinking process behind all of our decisions.  Without your invaluable help we couldn’t protect the future of the beautiful Dartmoor Pony for future generations.  Thanks to your generosity we work tirelessly to create awareness, build exciting opportunities for engagement and educate people about these hardy intelligent creatures who call Dartmoor their home.