Exmoor Pony Festival 2014 Schools Poster Competition

The Exmoor Pony Festival is launching a poster competition for schools with an Exmoor Pony Experience being top prize. Artwork with an Exmoor Pony theme is wanted for this year’s festival promotion which attracts visitors from all over the country and abroad.  Entry details are available online atexmoorponyfestival.org.uk with a free educational pack for teachers to download.

There will be two age groups for the competition; 5-9 years and 10-13 years, including two categories – Exmoor (for schools within the Exmoor National Park) and Out of Exmoor (for schools throughout the country). Prizes will be on offer for the winners and runners-up – the overall winning class will have the opportunity to have a real-life Exmoor Pony Experience. Sue McGeever from the Exmoor Pony Society, a charity that has overseen the conservation of the Exmoor pony since 1921, says: “We are delighted to be running a competition to involve schools in the Exmoor Pony Festival and we are hoping for a great turnout of entries from far and wide. The competition will be running throughout the spring so that the winning artwork can be used in the promotional work for the Exmoor Pony Festival in August and a display of the posters will be available for all to see.”

Linzi Green, Pony Officer for the Heart of Exmoor Scheme, says: “The Exmoor Pony Festival raises awareness of the Exmoor Pony, one of Britain’s rare native breeds which is intrinsic to the Exmoor National Park landscape. What better way than inspiring the future guardians of the ponies?”

Over the art competition age limit? Why not put yourself forward to get involved with the festival? The festival team are looking for lots of volunteers including a young local intern to help co-ordinate this year’s activities. This is a great opportunity to get experience in event management and planning. An interest in the Exmoor Pony would of course be desirable as there will be plenty of interaction with both two- and four-legged inhabitants of Exmoor!  Please contact Linzi Green for details at ponyofficer@moorlandmousietrust.org.uk.

The Exmoor Pony Festival 2014 runs from Saturday 9-Sunday 17 August; for more information visit exmoorponyfestival.org.uk or follow the Festival on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExmoorPonyFestival