EPIC is a not for profit partnership, with a volunteer basis, formed with the aims of supporting and promoting the benefits of conservation grazing using the Exmoor Pony, predominately. Recent studies show the present day Exmoor is particularly unique as it has direct genetic links to an ancient pre-historic British pony. Despite this it is on the ‘critical’ list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Since 1994 EPIC, as well as grazing in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, has promoted equine conservation grazing, not only provide a much needed niche for rare breeds of British Native pony, but as a convenient and effective management tool for the conservation of equally rare and endangered habitats. Ponies have travelled from the herd is situated on Gait Barrows Natural England NNR in Silverdale, to sites to as far afield as the North East, Yorkshire, Kent and Cumbria! Many of these areas now have their own community supported grazing schemes or charitable organisations.

Community, Education and Amenity.

Local volunteer and community involvement as well as raising awareness is fundamental to any successful voluntarily based project and can provide a great value added aspect to conservation grazing. Involving groups and organisations either for using the ponies as a basis for unusual artwork or simply to collect organic manure! There are also therapeutic benefits. To sum up in the words of one recent visitor who enjoyed a visit to the pony pastures..’Ponies make me happy’!

If you would like to know more or would like to post any observations or comments on the website notice board email epic@exmoorpony.org