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 informal 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 evolved into 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, after they both helped to found and run events for the original 'Exmoor Pony Festival'.
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.