The Heritage Exmoor Pony Register has been established to list and keep track of quality Exmoor ponies who have been excluded from the Exmoor Pony Stud Book, often through no fault of their own. The register also lists and tracks Exmoor ponies who are not given appropriate recognition and status through being failed at foal inspection for minor cosmetic reasons which have no bearing on their quality as an Exmoor pony, such as a small pale patch on the sole of a foot.
The aim is to try to stem the 'genetic wastage' and loss from the endangered breed pool, useful purebred Exmoor pony genetics. The MEPBG is working to encourage the formation of a supplement and upgrading system within the Exmoor Pony Stud Book, to offer a route back into the breeding gene pool for quality purebred Exmoor ponies.
The Heritage Exmoor Pony Register also lists Pedigree Exmoor ponies. If you would like your Exmoor ponies to be listed in the register please contact the MEPBG at MoorlandExmoorGroup@hotmail.co.uk.
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The Exmoor pony gatherings are now taking place in Exmoor National Park and there are a small number of beautiful quality Exmoor pony foals coming up for sale. They are looking for considerate new owners who can help them to make the transition to life off the moors - or perhaps to join conservation grazing projects.
Exmoor ponies are a charismatic, endangered, ancient native hill pony breed and we welcome new owners to help safeguard their future. The MEPBG members are working together to breed carefully and ensure that the 'True Moorland Type', authentic Exmoor ponies continue to survive and thrive in Exmoor National Park - and beyond. If you are interested in becoming the owner of an Exmoor pony or two, then please feel very welcome to contact the MEPBG members for more information about their herds and ponies. Their contact details can be found in the MEPBG Breeders Directory
. Exmoor pony foals will be available following the various pony gatherings and then inspections. There will be pedigree and purebred Exmoor pony foals available.
The Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG)
was established by Exmoor farmers and land owners to improve breeding practices, herd management, handling of ponies, knowledge transfer and communication, welfare, marketing, promotion and opportunities for the pedigree and purebred Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park - and to address issues regarding their classification and registration. The group was also established to give the farmers and land owners a collective voice with regard to safeguarding their Exmoor ponies. The group has already achieved a significant amount of progress in all areas - including extensive improvements in moorland management, the establishing of the MEPBG Exmoor Pony Show
and the Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival
, campaigning for recognition of all suitable moorland genetics, embracing DNA genomic purity testing (the MEPBG is a main stakeholder in the Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project
), working for improved foal sales, safeguarding of herds, and establishing the Heritage Exmoor Pony Register
More information about the herds, the Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park, the MEPBG and also detailed tips and practical help on how to socialise and handle, care for and manage wild-born Exmoor ponies can be found in books Wild Pony Whispering, Wild Stallion Whispering
and Wild Herd Whispering
- find out more at