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.
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.