Malcolm Snelgrove

DPHT patron since 2020

Malcolm Snelgrove

Photographer Malcolm Snelgrove’s images of Dartmoor and its ponies have brought him international acclaim.

​He moved to Devon 20 years ago with his wife Juliette and his time spent exploring the wild and rugged landscapes, and studying the pony herds that graze there led him to combine working as an IT consultant with becoming a professional photographer.

He quickly established himself as a lifestyle photographer, with commissions ranging from outdoor adventure specialists to well-known clothing brands, and his photography workshops bring delegates from all over the world.

But Dartmoor has always been his passion and today his respect and admiration of the landscape has led to a particular focus on how the ponies are being used in conservation. The images he captures are astonishing, and have led to a huge world-wide following on Social Media.

Malcolm said: “I am fascinated by the ponies and how they live in their natural environment and using social media, I’ve been able to engage with people and capture their interest too.

“The DPHT is carrying out fantastic work at Bellever where they manage 450 hectares of Moorland using ponies for conservation grazing and it’s been fascinating recording the very positive impact they are having in developing biodiversity.

“I’m so honoured to have been appointed patron as it means we can use my images to encourage people to understand both how important the ponies are for the environment, and why it is critical that we protect and manage our landscapes for posterity, while encouraging people to come and enjoy Dartmoor safely and with respect for nature.”

Malcolm first become involved with the DPHT in 2016 when he supported the charity’s Fresh Tracks programme enabling 16 young people with a range of life challenges to walk across some 15 miles of Dartmoor as part of the Ten Tors challenge accompanied by ponies.

He recorded their personal journeys, starting at the DPHT Centre at Parke, Bovey Tracey, where they were taught map reading, first aid, pony skills, how to put up and take down a tent, and prepare their own gear and pack their bags.

Each child was presented with a book of their own images as a record of their momentous achievements in completing the challenge.

Malcolm said: “The DPHT is a wonderful charity, not only in the work it is doing to help ensure a future for ponies through promoting their roles in conservation, but also because it has successfully found a way to use the ponies to benefit so many people through its equine assisted learning programmes.

“I’m very excited to be working with the charity, particularly as it continues to develop its activities at Bellever, inspiring and connecting people to Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage.”

Conservation grazing for Biodiversity

“The DPHT is carrying out fantastic work at Bellever where they manage 450 hectares of Moorland using ponies for conservation grazing and it’s been fascinating recording the very positive impact they are having in developing biodiversity.”

“I’m so honoured to have been appointed patron as it means we can use my images to encourage people to understand both how important the ponies are for the environment, and why it is critical that we protect and manage our landscapes for posterity, while encouraging people to come and enjoy Dartmoor safely and with respect for nature.”