About the Breed


The native pony breed of the county of Devon in the South West of England. The ponies have been recorded living on the wild and unhospitable moors of Dartmoor since the Middle Ages. The ponies have the metabolism to prosper in the tough and uncompromising conditions they have to contend with. The ponies have an exceptional temperament and breeders have long realized their potential as children's ponies with the ability to make wonderful companions, give endless fun, and if required compete and succeed in all spheres of competition.

About the Breed

The Dartmoor Pony Society

The primary role of the Society is to maintain the Stud Book which holds records tracing back the pedigrees of the registered Dartmoor Pony for over 100 years. The original records were held in the Polo Pony Stud Book, and then in the stud books of the National Pony Society. Finally thirty years ago the Dartmoor Pony Society took over maintaining the Stud Book and issues in hard copy form all the foal registrations, transfers and re-entries into the Stallion and gelding sections each year. A very interesting publication for all those interested in the Dartmoor Pony.

The Society has approximately 600 members and is run by a Council comprising of 12 members elected by the membership. Day to day matters are handled by the Chairman and administered by the Secretary and Treasurer, both honorary posts.

The office run by the Hon. Secretary handles all membership and registration matters. In addition the Office runs the sales list, publishes the stud book, and prints and circulates to members news letters etc. It also administers grants very generously given by the Horse Race Betting Levy Board to the Society's members.

Launched at the 2008 Breed Show was The Dartmoor Society Supporters Group, for further information see "Latest News" or "Contacts Page"

The Pedigree Dartmoor Pony

The Dartmoor Pony Society represents the Pedigree Dartmoor Pony. There are many ponies living on Dartmoor, all sizes and colours, most of unknown breeding. The true to type Dartmoor Pony with known breeding is recognized as a rare breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and is typical of the ponies seen in the show ring at County Shows throughout the United Kingdom. If you require a pony for your children to ride or you wish to show it at whatever level you aspire to, be it your local show, County Show or to qualify for The Year of Horse Show or Olympia, it is the Pedigree Dartmoor Pony that you require.

Dartmoor Breed Champions 2001 to 2012 is now available!

This is the sequel to the "Dartmoor Breed Champions from the 1940's" which was produced in 2001 by Elizabeth Newbolt-Young from the Shilstone Rocks Stud. This second edition costs £10 and contains photographs of some of the best ponies of our breed from 2001 - 2012 inclusive.

The first edition can still be purchased from the Dartmoor Pony society for £5. Elizabeth's love and passion for the Dartmoor Pony, inspired her to produce these photographic and ancestral records for all to see in the form of these books. They both contain photos and breeding of all the champions since 1940s and make fascinating viewing for anyone interested in Native Ponies.

To order the latest edition only please send a cheque for £11.50 (to include P&P) to Mrs E. Newbolt-Young.

To order both editions please send a cheque for £12.50 (to include P&P) to Mrs E. Newbolt-Young plus a separate cheque for £5 to The Dartmoor Pony Society.

Address: Mrs E. Newbolt-Young, Shilstone Rocks Stud, Widecombe, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 7TF

Please include a note of your request.

For any questions or queries contact Elizabeth/Alona on 01364 621281 or send an email

Please note that all who kindly helped sponsor the book will receive a free copy in due course.

The Breed Standard of the Dartmoor Pony

Not Exceeding 127 cm. (12.2hh.)
Bay, brown, black, grey, chestnut, roan. Piebalds and Skewbalds are not allowed. Excessive white markings should be discouraged*.
Neck & Head:
The head should be small with large kindly eyes and small alert ears. It should be well set on a good neck of medium length. The throat and jaws should be fine and showing no signs of coarseness or throatiness. Stallions to have a moderate crest.
Good shoulders are most important. They should be well laid back and sloping, but not too fine at the withers.
Of medium length and strong, well ribbed up with a good depth of girth giving plenty of heart room.
Loin & Hindquarters:
Strong and well covered with muscle. The hind quarters should be of medium length and neither level nor steeply sloping. The tail is well set up.
The hocks should be well let down with plenty of length from hip to hock, clean cut and with plenty of bone below the hock. They should have a strong second thigh. They should not be 'sickled' or 'cow-hocked'.

The forelegs should not be tied in at the knee. The fore-arm should be muscular and relatively long and the knee fairly large and flat at the front.

The cannons should be short with ample good, flat, flinty bone. The pasterns should be sloping but not too long. The feet should be hard and well shaped.
Low and straight coming from the shoulder with good hock action but without exaggeration.
The mane and tail should be full and flowing. The Dartmoor is a very good looking riding pony, sturdily built yet with quality.

* Italics show amendment Updated 06.04.2008.

Premium and Super Premium Stallions

The Dartmoor Pony Society has a grading system for stallions. Stallions become Premium or Super Premium through the progeny they have sired winning at the Society's star shows. Only the first win (excluding foal classes) count so for instance Hisley Craftsman has sired 22 colts or fillies each out of a different mare and each colt of filly winning a minimum of one Star Show. The Listing for 2017 is as follows:

Super Premium Sires for 2017
Age in 2017 Name of Stallion Number of first
Prize winning offspring
Last new first
prize winner
29 Shilstone Rocks Day of Fury 17 2015
26 Hisley Diplomat 11 2014
26 Shilstone Rocks North Countryman 14 - 1 New in 2016 2016
26 Wilby Victory 19 2012
23 Springwater Happy Day 5 2010
22 Hisley Craftsman 23 - 1 New in 2016 2016
22 Springwater Intermezzo 16 - 1 New in 2016 2016
21 Wynhill Blackbird 8 2014
20 Springwater Nightfall 6 2012
16 Moortown Countryman 7 2014
14 Shilstone Dunna Brook 5 2014
9 Moortown Crusader 6 2015

Premium Sires for 2017
Age in 2017 Name of Stallion Number of first
Prize winning offspring
Last new first
prize winner
27 Langfield Green Howard 3 2002
24 Solera Stormcloud 3 2012
23 Shilstone Rocks Snowfox 4 - 1 new in 2016 2016
20 Whinberry Black Jack 4 2009
19 Shilstone Rocks Precipitation 4 2012
16 Pumphill Bennet 3 2010
9 Cayberry Captain Hook 3 1 new in 2016 2016 NEW
9 Springwater Black Hawk 3 2 new in 2016 2016 NEW

Premium or Super Premium Stallions who have been exported and which the Office has been notified as standing at public stud. Please contact the Office for further details.

Exported to GERMANY

Super Premium:
Hisley Cravat

Drift 2010
The Drift 2010

Upgrading Scheme

The Dartmoor Pony Society in conjunction with the Duchy of Cornwall runs an upgrading scheme on Dartmoor.

Approved non registered mares are selected to run in Newtakes (Enclosed areas of land) on Duchy of Cornwall tenant's farms on Dartmoor. They run with a registered licenced Pure Bred Dartmoor stallion.

From 2011 the scheme will consist of four stages:

Stage 1. The approved mares are given the status of Supplementary Register (SR)

Stage 2. The progeny if approved become Supplementary Register 1 (SR1)

An SR1 mare may return to a Newtake to run with a registered licensed Pure Bred dartmoor stallion.

Stage 3. The progeny of an SR1 if approved become Supplementary Register 2 (SR2)

An SR2 mare may return to a Newtake to run with a registered licenced Pure Bred dartmoor stallion.

Stage 4. The progeny of an SR2 mare becomes fully registered which entitles it to be entered into the main body of the Dartmoor Pony Society's Stud Book.

Heritage Ponies

These ponies are unregistered true to type ponies who have been given Heritage Trust List (HTL) status. They remain unregistered unless they enter, if approved and meet certain criteria, the Dartmoor Pony Society/Duchy of Cornwall Upgrading Scheme.

HTL status was granted several years ago to The Dartmoor Heritage Trust, a charity not connected with the Dartmoor Pony Society, to allow farmers on Dartmoor to obtain payments to assist them to retain their unregistered but true to type herds on the Moor.

The Dartmoor Pony Society accept no responsibility for the accuracy of information and data submitted by third parties.

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