The Society has been visiting equine colleges around the country since 2010 to promote the Welsh breed and educate students about the versatility and talents of Welsh Ponies and Cobs. A classroom presentation that outlines the history of the breed and the Society is followed by a ridden demonstration of the four Sections and Welsh part-breds.
The programme of visits for 2014/2015 was the largest yet with presentations made at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, Rodbaston College in Staffordshire, Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthen, Aberystwyth University, Coleg Gwent at Usk, Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, Hereford & Ludlow College at Holme Lacy, Bridgwater College in Somerset and Kingston Maurward College in Dorset. During 2015/16 we have revisited many of these colleges and have also attended Chichester College and Merrist Wood College for the first time.
We aim to show the hardiness and versatility of Welsh Ponies and Cobs by explaining the early history of their development on the Welsh hills, history of the Society and, using photographs, show animals competing in a variety of disciplines. Then, showcasing their temperament and natural flowing paces in the ridden demonstration, students can see in the flesh the difference between the Sections. Students are also given an information pack containing a Brief History of Welsh Ponies and Cobs, Breed Leaflet, the most recent Society magazine, Guide to Purchasing a Welsh Pony or Cob and the Code of Practice for Welfare.
The visits currently cater for students of varying ages, from 16 year olds to degree level. Looking to expand to a wider range of colleges, schools and centres as part of the Society’s education remit, the Society is now happy to take bookings for Spring 2016 and also looking ahead to the winter and spring terms of 2016/2017. If you would like the Society to visit your establishment, please contact the Society Office.