Looking back over a busy 2019

The Fell Pony Heritage Centre is dedicated to keeping the Fell Pony on the fells, so to protect the Fell ponies breed characteristics and the ponies relationship with humanity and its environment. These semi-wild herds are the lifeblood of the Fell breed, living and breeding on the upland fells just like the Herdwick sheep and other native domestic breeds, they are the" true management" of the land by the way they graze for the traditional hill farmers over the last two thousand years.

January 5th. Article in local newspaper.

A " Welcome to Cumbria " to the Fell Pony Heritage Centre project from the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald on this new year weekend.

January 18th Advertising for Bill Potters Fund Raising Coffee Morning.

Fund Raising Coffee Morning in Aid of Bill Potter's Appeal and the History of the Greenholme Stud Exhibition.

On Saturday 16th February 10,00 to 1,00. The Old Courthouse, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3NL Home Made Cakes and fresh Coffee and Tea. Live Music...

February 17th. Fund raising Coffee Morning was a great success for Bill and family.

For all of you who could't be there yesterday, we had a wonderful Coffee Morning for Bill that was more like a party at times ! with music and happy faces and everyone showing their support for Bill and Isobel Potter. The local community came together and 143 people raised £900. I want to say thank you to everyone who came and made the morning so genuinely special.

March 2nd. Started Advertising about The Heritage of the Hill-Bred Fell Pony.

The Fell Pony Heritage Centre is putting on an Exhibition at the Rheged Centre, Penrith, from the 5th to the 23rd August 2019. This exhibition is about the Hill farmers and breeders of Fell ponies and it will be displaying the ponies way of life on the open fell and the cultural heritage associated with them.

May 27th. Advertising " Meet the Pony Day " in Penrith.

The Fell Pony Heritage Centre is holding a " Meet the Fell Pony Day " in the centre of Penrith, on the 15th June from 10 00am to 4 00pm; We are fund raising for our forth coming Exhibition at the Rheged Centre near Penrith in August and this is a unique opportunity for people of all ages to see and talk about Fell Ponies.

June 15th Our display worked well, local newspaper put a write up and photo on the front page.

We had a good day in Penrith town centre fundraising for our forthcoming exhibition. We took Marnie and the information boards and had a busy 5 hours taking to the general public about Fell Ponies. My daughter Fleur came down on the train from Edinburgh for the day and Becky a friend from Hull came to help. Many thanks to them for being part of the team.

July 13th. Funding coming in to Advertise the Exhibition.

Advertising tor the exhibition " The Heritage of the Hill Bred Fell Pony " has now been distributed all over Cumbira with these leaflets in every tourist information centre, hotel and guest house, also we have a very nice write up about the exhibition on Rheged's website of their summer shows.

We are encouraging as many people as we can who enjoy the area from all walks of life to come and share the lives of the ponies on the fell and the hill-farmers/breeders who look after them.

July 20th. Rory Stewart's secretary saw the exhibition advert and contacted me for an interview. Sharing a brief hour with Rory Stewart MP on the fellside with some of the mares and foals and youngstock to talk about the importance of the heritage of these ponies and keeping the hill breeders having access to their common rights year round.

August 5th Start of the Exhibition.

A great opening this afternoon to the Heritage of the Hill Bred Fell Pony exhibition being held at the Rheged Centre in Penrith, many thanks to the fantastic team for setting it up so well.

It opens to the public tomorrow, 6th running till the 22nd, from 10am to 5pm and is free admission. Enjoy a beautiful display of photographic works, artefacts, and a wonderful collection of local artists works inspired by the Fell Pony in their natural environment on the Cumbrian fells. All works are available to purchase.

August 6th.

An excellent first day of the Heritage of the Hill-Bred Fell Pony exhibition at the Rheged Centre, thank you to all for their interest and support. Almost 600 people came through the doors to look around and enjoy, and the support of some purchases for the local artists and photographers works has been wonderful too. We look forward to another day tomorrow and welcoming more people to learn about, simply enjoy, or share their memories and stories of Fell ponies and hill breeders from recent years to sixty plus years ago. 🙂

August 10th.

We have had articles and photos in the local newspapers about the exhibition for the last 3 weeks and this photo is from today's Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Also we have been on the local ITV Border news yesterday evening, could anyone send me a recording of it please as I have not seen it and lots of people at the exhibition today have said it was good. The exhibition is going well with over 2,300 through the doors in the first 5 days

August 25th. Thank you so much to all who have helped and the interest and support over the past 3 weeks of the Heritage of the Hill Bred Fell Pony exhibition at the Rheged Centre. We had almost 9500 visitors and a great amount of interest. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen and the wonderful artworks and photographs by local artist. It has been an excellent display and helped to hopefully raise further awareness of the hill breeders and the ponies as an important part of Cumbria and our UK heritage.

September 27th.

Good news from the Fell Pony Heritage Centre as one enjoyable event leads to another. The Native Pony Magazine ran an article ( which I did't write ) on the exhibition at the Rheged Centre in their September issue which was a good review and thanking the exhibitors for their support but forgetting to say that was for the Fell Pony Heritage Centre project which now has a base near Tebay. There will be an article in the up and coming Fell Pony Society Magazine about the exhibition and in it we will be thanking the people who helped in putting the exhibition up and running it.

Out of the exhibition grows two new projects to help the Fell Pony and its hill-breeders. Firstly I have been asked by Newton Rigg College to run a 10 week course for a group of students on the semi-wild herds of Fell Ponies and the first session went very well this week with the students introduction to the ponies. The other one is the Fell Pony Heritage Centre can take small groups of people on a guided tour and talk by appointment, so please contact me if you would like to see Fell Ponies living in their natural habitat on the upland commons.

October 11th. FPHC was asked to put on a show at Low Sizergh Barn.

Exhibition has started today in the Café at Low Sizergh Barn, Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE. The Heritage of the Hill-bred Fell Pony is on show until the 15th November 2019. It is a smaller display then the one at the Rheged Centre, still of beautiful photographs and interesting information giving a insight to the Fell ponies history and their life on the open fell. The Café at Sizergh is warm and welcoming on these cooler autumnal days to enjoy a light lunch or a coffee while learning more about the Fell Ponies intrinsic place in Cumbria's landscape and cultural heritage.

December 4th. Presentation at Newton Rigg College.

Keeping Fell Ponies on the fells in Cumbria as key to upland grazing. This is the talk I gave to the students at Newton Rigg College last week.

Having just put this list together I am feeling inspired by the events in 2019 and there is I am pleased to say more to come in 2020 with a BBC Documentary been filmed of the FPHC's work to be shown at the end of January 2020. Plus another Exhibition planned next summer.

Just think how much more we can do for the Fell Pony if we continue to grow like this. If anyone would like to become involved please contact us.

May I wish all Fell Ponies and their owners a very Happy New Year.

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