The Heritage of the Hill-Bred Fell Pony

The Heritage of the Hill-Bred Fell Pony

These ponies have been bred on the upland fells for centuries by the farmers who have allocated grazing rights for their farm animals.

The breeding herds on the fell keep the ponies traditional hardiness and sure footedness so essential to their use as a working pony.

They were an intrinsic part of Cumbria’s landscape and cultural heritage.

This exhibition will bring to the general public the Fell ponies way of life on the up-land fell as semi-wild ponies living in herds all the year round with photographs and a short film of the ponies living in their environment and the sense of space with them living free.

There will also be old historical photographs and artefacts to show a heritage with a strong bond in the past with hill farms and breeders of Fell ponies. The work of local artists and photographs will also be displayed to show the ponies inspiration to humans as shaped by nature.

The ancestors of these semi-wild ponies have roamed the Northern fells for centuries and have shaped our lives in the Cumbria landscape, and the exhibition suggests they should not be entirely over looked in the changing patterns of our culture.