Judy joined the charity when she was Assistant Headteacher at Teign School. Judy was the pastoral leader and, in this role, pioneered activities to enable the development of social and emotional literacy in students. She was an advocate of student empowerment, encouraged student voice and formed highly respected student SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) ambassadors. This role culminated in the students leading a conference for business leaders at Forde House. Judy’s aim was to confirm the academic advantages of focusing primarily on personal development. Judy was passionate about teaching Psychology, as she felt it gave students important life skills.
Judy came from a farming family in Cumbria and has, throughout her life, enjoyed equine activities. She has kept a horse on Dartmoor for almost 30 years and continues to ride frequently on the moor.
DPHT became a passion for Judy when she met Dru and they forged an equine experience for a group of disaffected young lads with feral ponies. She witnessed the power of equine assisted learning and developed an enthusiasm for the work, as it linked her interest in helping young people with her passion for equines.
Judy retired from her teaching career and became Chair of DPHT in …… As Judy says, “DPHT is an amazing charity as it, not only provides an opportunity for special Dartmoor experiences on Bellever, but has a state of the art centre in Bovey Tracey with a small herd of ponies to develop the ‘Ponies Inspiring People’ concept.’ Asking Judy why she felt the charity was so successful, she stressed, “It is all down to effective teamwork. DPHT has a number of long standing enthusiastic people, who give so much of their time and energy to achieve the aims of the charity.”
When you adopt a pony with us, you play an incredibly valuable part in keeping these gorgeous animals on the moor. You support the dedicated farmers who care for them and our efforts to promote the Dartmoor Pony for conservation grazing, helping secure a long-term future for them