Charlotte Faulkner – for her devotion to the cause of hill ponies


The 13th Dartmoor Society Award was presented by Chairman Dr Tom Greeves at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held at Manaton on 17th April. The Award is made annually to individuals or groups who, in the opinion of the Society, have made a special contribution to Dartmoor.

Dr Tom Greeves reminded the audience that they had heard Charlotte  Faulkner’s inspiring talk about her work with ponies at last year’s
AGM at Belstone, and said that it was several years ago that a highly respected member of Dartmoor’s agricultural community had mentioned to him that in his opinion there might not be any Dartmoor ponies if it hadn’t been for Charlotte’s efforts on their behalf, and that she should be considered for a Society Award.

Charlotte has for more than ten years spearheaded a campaign to give the traditional hill ponies of Dartmoor the recognition they deserve for their importance to the grazing management of the moor, and their wonderful qualities as riding pets, so that they obtain fair prices at the annual pony sales. She established the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association, and the Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony, from her Dartmoor farm base. She and her ponies are well-known at Devon County Show, and each year she also organises the fundraising 50-mile Dartmoor Challenge.

Dr Tom Greeves said, ‘Charlotte’s enthusiasm and passion for the hill ponies of Dartmoor is inspirational, and her work on their behalf, which has successfully raised their profile nationally and beyond, is hugely admired by all who have an interest in the future of Dartmoor’s most iconic, well-tempered, and ecologically best adapted beasts. It gives me enormous pleasure to present this Award on behalf of the Dartmoor Society and indeed the wider Dartmoor community.’

Charlotte Faulkner – for her devotion to the cause of hill ponies