About Dawn Westcott

About Dawn Westcott

Dawn Westcott is author of best-sellers  Wild Pony Whispering (published by Halsgrove in 2015) and Wild Stallion Whispering (published by Halsgrove in 2016). She lives with her Exmoor farmer husband Nick Westcott in Exmoor National Park. They have Holtball Herd 11 Exmoor ponies and run the Exmoor Pony Project (Moorland Exmoor Foal Project) , which helps Exmoor foals and ponies, along with supporting and promoting fellow breeders and owners. 
Dawn specialises in positive, trust-based horsemanship techniques using gentle Core Energy Connection, including at liberty. She is working with semi-feral Exmoor ponies to develop better understanding and treatment of them. With their high intelligence and independent thinking, evolved from generations of living wild and free on the moors, Exmoor ponies make great equine teachers.
Dawn is also a Reiki Master and artist.

Short film about Exmoor Ponies 

This is a short film I did with wild horse film-maker Marc Lubetzki (in Feb 2017) to promote Moorland Exmoor ponies looking for good homes and to explain what to look for in a good Exmoor pony. 
I'm very grateful to Marc Lubetzki for generously giving his time and skills to do this. 

You can find out more about my work with other Exmoor farmers in the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group to promote and safeguard the future of the Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park at www.mepbg.co.uk
Dawn Westcott has twice stood International Horse Agility World Champion (2011 and 2012) with moorbred Exmoor pony stallion Hawkwell Versuvius 'Bear'who is also a wonderful ridden pony (often bitless) and a working stallion. She produces Exmoor ponies to top level in showing.

In 2013 Nick and Dawn founded the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project to give wild Moorland Exmoor foals a good start in life. They also created the Exmoor Pony Club to help like-minded Exmoor pony breeders, owners and enthusiasts network and connect. This work has evolved to benefit Exmoor ponies from foals to veterans, along with their breeders, owners and enthusiasts, on Exmoor, across the UK and overseas - so the projects have been given the combined name of the Exmoor Pony Project. Nick and Dawn are founder members of the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG), which is a collaboration of progressive Exmoor farmers and land owners who are working to improve Exmoor pony management, marketing and opportunities for the ponies. They are both members of the Exmoor National Park Authority Exmoor Pony Breed Steering Group and Dawn is part of the new Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project team, which is working to map the full genetic make-up of the Exmoor pony for the first time. (This is a collaboration of stakeholders Exmoor National Park Authority, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, MEPBG, EPS, Peter Green, the Molland Estate and Badgworthy Land Company working with Nottingham University - and which is chaired by DEFRA Chief Vet Tim Morris).

Along with the other MEPBG farmers, Nick and Dawn launched the Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival in 2014 to celebrate and promote the pedigree, purebredand cross-bred Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park. 

Nick and Dawn Westcott's Exmoor pony herd, Holtball Herd 11 , was originally founded, along with herds 10 and 21, by Nick's great grandfather and his two brothers early in the 20th century. 

 Background: Before moving to the Westcountry in 1999, Dawn Westcott worked in glossy magazine publishing in London. This included business publishing at Centaur Communications (The Lawyer and Money Marketing) and a spell with the financial team at The Telegraph before returning to Centaur. Dawn then became Promotions Manager of Country Living Magazine, which involved managing the magazine's advertorial features, before becoming a freelance art director, stylist and designer. This led to seven years at BBC Worldwide as Advertorials Editor, art directing, styling, designing and editing advertorial features for BBC Homes & Antiques, Good Homes and Gardener's World magazines - in addition to freelance projects including styling/art directing book, newspaper and magazine features. After moving to the South West in 1999, Dawn established the equestrian website Equine Tourism to help promote horse holidays, equestrian events and good horsemanship. Dawn's work with Exmoor ponies involves PR  and publicity, marketing and promotion of the various pony projects looking to safeguard the Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park, Exmoor pony training and development, and her work as an author and journalist. 

Dawn Westcott's work has appeared in national and regional magazines and newspapers, and TV appearances include ITV This Morning, ITV News Westcountry, BBC Flog It, BBC Spotlight and BBC Countryfile. See Press & TV Cuttings for recent work.

Talks, Books Signing, Workshops and Demos...
Dawn Westcott gives talksabout Exmoor ponies and her work and hosts Wild Pony Whispering workshops. Please check out the Talks & Events page and the Workshops page for forthcoming dates. 
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