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6th July 2015 - our mares continue to graze the Swincombe Valley and I
continue to not put them in foal due to the poor market for ponies. However
I do have 2 yearling colts which are the result of 2 of our mares going
to Shilstone Rocks Warlord in the Duchy Newtake scheme. They are coming
along nicely and I hope to be able to use one of them as I can't carry
on not breeding from the mares. Otherwise there is no pojint in having
ponies on Sherberton and I hope things won't come to that. Whatever people
say you can keep pedigree mares on top of Dartmoor and breed nice ponies
as a result.
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Information about Sherberton Dartmoor Ponies
Sherberton Farm is one of the original studs of Dartmoor Ponies in the
world. Heatherbelle 6th,one of our foundation mares, was originally from
the Duchy Stud at Princetown and was by Dwarka. Dwarka was an Arabian
stallion used by the Prince of Wales, before the closure of the stud book,
to improve the Dartmoor breed. We also have the Hele Romeo bloodline in
our mares which is hard to find now. You can check out many horse and
pony pedigrees free by going to Pedigree
Online All Breed Database. For assured checks on Dartmoor Ponies you
should refer to the Dartmoor
We keep our Dartmoor mares out all year round in a newtake (an large enclosed
area of rough grazing) and they are rarely handled. However their offspring
prove to be very biddable when broken either to ride or go in harness.
Current pictures of ponies for sale are on Ponies
for sale page.
The Swincombe Valley, where the mares generally live, is open access land
but if you want to check where the mares are or see any of our youngstock
please call before visiting (details below).
Our mares are all pedigree Dartmoors and we also
have Heritage and Hill ponies as a result of illicit liasons sometimes.
They are suitable for various purposes such as brood mares to add different
blood lines to your herd, children's riding ponies, driving ponies and
conservation grazers. Pedigree Dartmoor ponies are, as a rare native breed,
eligible for Native Breeds at Risk supplement in Natural England's Higher
Level Scheme which can amount to £70 per hectare.
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Sherberton Stormy Belle and her 2010 filly, Sherberton Fairy Belle
Sherberton Dartmoor youngstock on newtake with A-Bray, an old riding pony,
looking after them!