Wild Exmoor Ponies …Right on our doorstep!

One of the joys of the west country lifestyle for my wife Paula and I is the close proximity we have to the wildlife like these wonderful wild Exmoor ponies in our special feature article today. Watch the amazing roundup and the “Black Beauty” soundtrack that accompanies. ENJOY!

Ken Eden.

This short film shows the August 2015 gathering of the world’s largest herd of free-living wild Exmoor ponies from one of Exmoor National Park’s largest and wildest moorland areas – Brendon Common and the surrounding enclosures. This took place during Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival week, which enabled many other Exmoor pony enthusiasts and visitors to Exmoor to watch this amazing sight – especially the awesome spectacle of the herd crossing at Lancombe!

The Tippbarlake Herd 387 ponies are owned by the Floyd family. You’ll see the ponies gathered from across this vast area, spanning some 8,000 acres, brought together and then back to the home farm at Brendon Barton. The herd has been brought in so the foals can have DNA samples taken to verify their parentage (which is a passport requirement for pedigree Exmoor ponies) and microchips inserted. They are then returned to the moor until the next gathering in late Oct/Nov when they are weaned and some will be looking for good homes, particularly colt foals who cannot remain on the moor.

The Exmoor pony is an endangered ancient British native breed, with the free-living moor bred ponies of Exmoor National Park especially rare – and important. Living wild & free on Exmoor helps to preserve their natural behaviours & characteristics – and safeguard their True Moorland Type. Free-living family Exmoor pony herds like the Tippbarlake herd are vitally important to Exmoor pony gene pool.

You will also see four Fell mares running with the herd, who belong to another commons grazier. These mares are also part of the permitted moorland grazing scheme and preserving the hardiness and ‘wildness’ of Fell ponies is an important conservation issue. We continue to encourage graziers to help preserve and protect Exmoor ponies by selecting this indigenous breed to run on the moorland areas. It is very important that the graziers are motivated to continue to do so through the provision of an efficient, straightforward and cost-effective Exmoor pony registration system that will help them maximise opportunities to safeguard and maintain the wellbeing of the ponies. Much work continues to achieve that important objective on Exmoor. COUNTRY LIFESTYLE WEST


Filmed by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Nigel Floyd & Miss Jessica Floyd – owners of the Tippbarlake Herd, Exmoor National Park

A film by Dawn Westcott. Photos from Helen Disberry and Julie Cope. Aerial clips from a spectator and from Sian Boakes.

Music: Our grateful thanks to Iron Maiden ‘Phantom of the Opera’
and Soundtrack & Theme Orchestra ‘Theme from Black Beauty’ (iTunes) both of which gave a perfect tempo for the pace of the ponies!

This short film is a bit of fun and ‘not-for-profit’ with no fees charged. It has not been ‘monetised’ to benefit from advertising revenues. It is aimed at promoting awareness of the endangered Moorand Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park.

Who Do We Think We Are ?

A very English Sport
David Jakab at Pexels

According to Wikipedia, English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speaks the English language the English identity as of early medieval origin when they were known in Old English as the angel’ s’en family of the angles their ethnonym –is derived from the angles one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the fifth century AD

England, as one of the countries of the United Kingdom and the majority of people living there are British citizens the English largely descend from two main historical population groups the earlier Celtic Britons or Bry Shawne’s and the Germanic tribes who settled in Britain following the withdrawal of the Romans the Angles Saxons Jutes and Friesians collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons they founded what was to become the kingdom of England from the Old English England by the early 10th century in response to the invasion and minor settlement of Danes beginning in the late 9th century this was followed by the Norman conquest and limited settlement of Anglo-Normans in England in the latter 11th century in the acts of Union 1707 the kingdom of England was succeeded by the Kingdom of Great Britain over the years English customs and identity have become fairly closely aligned with British customs and identity in general today many English people have recent forebears from other parts of the United Kingdom while some are also descended from more recent immigrants from other European countries and from the Commonwealth.


The English people are the source of the English language the Westminster system the common law system and numerous major sports such as cricket football rugby union rugby league and tennis. These and other English cultural characteristics have spread worldwide in part as a result of the former British Empire topic English nationality the concept of an English nation as opposed to a British one has become increasingly popular after the devolution process in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland resulted in the Four Nations having semi-independent political and legal systems although England itself has no devolved government the 1990s witnessed a rise in English self-consciousness this is linked to the expressions of national self-awareness of the other British nations of Wales in Scotland which take their most solid form in the new devolved political arrangements within the United Kingdom and the waning of a shared British national identity with the growing distance between the end of the British Empire and the present.

Many recent immigrants to England have assumed a solely British identity while others have developed dual or mixed identities use of the word English to describe Britons from ethnic minorities in England is complicated by most non-white people in England identifying as British rather than English in their 2004 annual population survey the Office for National Statistics compared the ethnic identities of British people with their perceived national identity they found that while 58 per cent of white people in England described their nationality as English the vast majority of non-white people called themselves British….

Thanks to Wikipedia for this info.









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