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My first act as chairman in 2015, must be to praise and thank a very loyal band of volunteers. Those who are at Corndonford to help, come rain or shine, mucking out stables or mucking in with office duties, are part of a team that makes this charity such a success. Your help is invaluable. Thank you.
In January, the Sunday Telegraph ran a story with two photos of Charlotte Faulkner (AKA Annie Oakley!) with the dart gun. Thanks to Pet Plan for funding the gun and the training. This has enabled a huge step forward in the plan to reduce the foal crop via contraceptive injections, while ensuring the best welfare practices available are used.
More than 200 ponies come through the wild to wonderful scheme at Corndonford Farm every winter. Along with the help of some fantastic volunteer trainers, Charlotte turns foals and youngsters straight from the moor, in to the lovable ponies that have found their way in to many peoples hearts.
Unfortunately, due to constant use, parts of the barn floor have become an unusable area of muddy puddle. It has been decided that if it is to be continued to be used as a training facility to this capacity, we can no longer ignore the need for essential but costly resurfacing.
However, to pay for this to be done, we have decided to bring back the sponsored ride and drive this summer! It has been hugely popular in the past and involves two days of exploring Dartmoor and camping with your horse. It is an incredible experience and we hope as many people as possible will be as to come along and support in aid of the training barn's new floor. Date for the diaries: **** and details will be available on Facebook or....
Without the generosity of those who donate time and money, the Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony would not be able to help provide a future for all the ponies they do. Everybody works as a team, tirelessly promoting the ponies, maintaining their numbers and therefore the impact on the ecology of Dartmoor. It is really important work and I am so proud to be a part of it.