Award Winning Photographer joins Dartmoor Pony and Conservation Charity as Patron

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) has announced that photographer Malcolm Snelgrove has become the charity’s new patron. Malcolm Snelgrove, known for his stunning equine and environmental photography, brings a wealth of experience and passion to the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust. The charity’s vision is to secure the future of the native Dartmoor pony and to inspire and connect people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape, and heritage. Developing its partnership with Malcolm, a respected, internationally published equine and environmental photographer based on the Moor, is a perfect fit.

The DPHT works with pony keepers on Dartmoor who own and breed Dartmoor ponies. It also promotes the Dartmoor pony for conservation grazing. The Trust manages 82 hectares of moorland and heathland at Bellever, Postbridge. At Bellever, it has 20 ponies and offers free guided walks. At its Dartmoor Pony Visitor and Information Centre on the Parke Estate near Bovey Tracey, it provides equine-assisted learning, education, and information. This center also offers opportunities for people to meet ponies and learn more about them.

A Perfect Partnership

Dru Butterfield of DPHT said, “We are thrilled and honoured that Malcolm Snelgrove has joined the charity as a patron. His passion for Dartmoor and its ponies, heritage, and conservation certainly matches our own, making this a very exciting time. Malcolm will champion our work and enable us to share our messages more widely and effectively through powerful imagery.”

“We are increasing our activities, especially at Bellever. We are developing new partnerships, expanding the number of volunteers, and supporting the work of the National Park and Forestry England. This ensures more people can enjoy the moors safely and with respect, feeling inspired by the landscape and the ponies that graze there.”

Malcolm's Journey

Malcolm Snelgrove’s images of Dartmoor and its ponies have brought him international acclaim. He moved to Devon 20 years ago with his wife Juliette. His time exploring the wild and rugged landscapes and studying the pony herds led him to combine his work as an IT consultant with becoming a professional photographer.

Malcolm said, “I’m honoured to have been appointed patron of the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust. It means we can use my images to encourage people to understand how important the ponies are for the landscape. We must protect and manage our landscapes for posterity while encouraging people to enjoy Dartmoor.”

He added, “I am fascinated by the ponies and how they live in their natural environment. The DPHT is conducting wonderful habitat management activities and research at Bellever. The ponies' role in conservation work has been fascinating to record, especially their positive impact on biodiversity.”

Previous Involvement with DPHT

Malcolm first became involved with the DPHT in 2016 when he supported the charity’s Fresh Tracks programme. This programme enabled 18 young people with life challenges to walk across 15 miles of Dartmoor as part of the Ten Tors challenge. They were motivated by the charity’s specially trained Dartmoor ponies.

He recorded their personal journeys, starting at the Trust’s Centre where they learned map reading, first aid, pony skills, tent setup, and gear preparation. Each child received a book of their own images as a record of their achievements in completing the challenge.

Malcolm said, “The DPHT is a fantastic charity. It ensures a sustainable future for traditional Dartmoor ponies. The charity also uses the ponies to benefit many people through its equine-assisted learning programmes. I’m excited to work with the charity as it continues to develop the site at Bellever. We aim to inspire and connect people to Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape, and heritage.”

For more insights into Malcolm's work and the DPHT's initiatives, visit our Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust page.

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