Updated: Apr 15
A story of the versatility of the pure bred Fell Pony in the late 19th century.
Their temperament is full of common sense and because they are also free from hereditary diseases they were used through very clever breeding to lay the foundation stock for a new breed The Hackney Pony. Christopher Wilson of Rigmaden Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, was an interesting man, he went right to the top in breeding these beautiful " ponies " full of speed and action, with real substance and close to the ground, cleverly choosing a pony sire from Yorkshire called Sir George and crossing him to the third generation with pure bred Fell pony mares. He then lost interest and sold out, nobody knows why!
The Fell Pony Heritage Centre project wants to help young enthusiasts enjoy learning about this native breed of pony and how to preserve the breed in its true native district.
Photo shows a herd of Fell ponies circa 1950's.