The Exmoor Pony Society will be celebrating its centenary next year – and preparations have already begun with the launch of a series of competitions to help produce creative works for future society members to enjoy.
The Exmoor Pony Society serves as the formal guardian of the Exmoor pony breed and the first official meeting of the society was held on March 21st, 1921. A registered charity, today the society maintains the Exmoor pony stud book, and is an approved Passport Issuing Organisation for the ponies. It also helps educate, inform and engage the public around this rare native breed.
Sue McGeever, Exmoor Pony Society press officer and secretary, says: “We’re thrilled to be celebrating our centenary next year, and the competitions along with future projects will help to produce a positive legacy for the society for the next 100 years.”
In the lead up to its centenary in 2021, this year the society is launching a series of competitions focusing on the world of Exmoor ponies – past, present and future. Writers and artists are invited to participate, with the winners of each category receiving a prize to the value of £100.
To start with, the competition themes are short story writing and art (photography, painting and drawing, sculpture and crafts), with a September competition focusing on poetry, song writing and a children’s competition.
Sue adds: “Selected stories will form part of a ‘supper and storytelling’ evening, and art competition entries will be part of an exhibition that will tour the UK during 2021.”
The competitions are open to both Exmoor Pony Society members and non-members.
Competition closing dates: writing competition August 31st, art competition 31st October.
Full details and application forms can be found at www.exmoorponysociety.org.uk.