Fell Pony Society
Cumbria’s Best-Kept Secret
The Fell ponies have been used historically for many purposes, but did you know that they are still giving much the same service today? They were the “maid of all work” on the hill farms, helping to gather sheep or carry fodder or to spread muck on the fields, and they were the main means of transport between farm and town – in recent years they’ve completed immensely long rides from one end of the country to the other, raising money for medical research. Fell ponies were once used as pack horses, taking goods all over the country – now they carry equipment for the National Trust to maintain footpaths on the high fells, and work in support of country sports. They used to go hunting, and they still do People use them in holiday trekking or carriage driving businesses and compete in dressage with them. Most of all, people ride them for fun! The Fell Pony Society’s Display Team will demonstrate some of the jobs that the Fell pony did in history, and still does today.