The pin-up ponies caught on cal­en­dar to cel­e­brate leg­endary Ex­moor breed

Western Morning News - - Horses -

As talk of Christ­mas builds by the day, Ex­moor pony en­thu­si­asts have seized the op­por­tu­nity to launch their unique gift idea – per­fect for a horse-lov­ing friend or fam­ily mem­ber.

Nick and Dawn West­cott, founders of the Ex­moor Pony Project and Moor­land Ex­moor Pony Breed­ers Group (MEPBG), have joined forces with Ex­moor wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers, Lisa and Jamie Wa­ters, to pro­duce the Ex­moor Pony Project cal­en­dar for 2019.

It is il­lus­trated with heart­warm­ing im­ages of Ex­moor’s iconic free-liv­ing pony herds, from foals in the spring­time to snowy win­ter scenes.

Dawn is also a best-sell­ing au­thor, and read­ers of her tril­ogy of books – Wild Pony Whis­per­ing, Wild Stal­lion Whis­per­ing and Wild Herd Whis­per­ing – will recog­nise favourite char­ac­ters such as Ex­moor stal­lion Bear and Mon­sieur Cha­peau.

Dawn said: “We’ve col­lab­o­rated with bril­liant wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers Jamie and Lisa Wa­ters to cre­ate a won­der­ful vis­ual story that runs through the months, fea­tur­ing the beauty of Ex­moor, the foals, the herds, adorable pony char­ac­ters and the au­tumn gath­er­ings.

“Stal­lion Bear just had to have the De­cem­ber slot to wish ev­ery­one Happy Christ­mas, and Mon­sieur Cha­peau and Lady Luna also found their way in there.”

The cal­en­dar is a handy A4 size that opens up to A3 (por­trait) when hung on the wall – pro­vid­ing a spa­cious page for each month, with plenty of room to write de­tails of im­por­tant events.

Cost­ing £8.50 each, plus postage and pack­ag­ing, all pro­ceeds from the cal­en­dars pur­chased from the Ex­moor Pony Project’s on­line shop will go to­wards fund­ing the Ex­moor Pony Project.

The Ex­moor Pony Project in­cludes work­ing with Ex­moor farm­ers, breed­ers, own­ers and en­thu­si­asts to of­fer help and sup­port in find­ing good op­por­tu­ni­ties for ponies – par­tic­u­larly foals com­ing off the moor each au­tumn; en­cour­ages com­pas­sion­ate han­dling of the ponies; cam­paigns for wel­fare im­prove­ments; and pro­motes the an­cient Ex­moor pony breed.

Dawn West­cott’s win­try im­age of three Ex­moor pony colts play­ing in the snow is just one of 12 heart­warm­ing im­ages to be fea­tured in the 2019 Ex­moor Pony Project cal­en­dar, be­low

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