Ever walked in the beautiful mountains close to Conwy – and come across some magestic creatures?
These are the Carneddau ponies – distinct to these mountain ranges, there are only about 300 left in existence. Although these beautiful ponies are wild and aren’t owed by anyone, the local farmers take care of them, and every year, in the late Autumn, these ponies are gathered together and brought down the mountains to be checked over and given any care needed.
Along with Susanne Shultz who is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and her colleagues, Gareth Wyn Jones and other local farmers are fighting for these ponies to be officially given rare breed status.
This would mean true recognition for these magnificent creatures, and help to protect them, not only helping to preserve the heritage of this area, but also the flaura and fauna of the Carneddau.
If you are interested in learning more or want to get involved -please join the Carneddau Pony group on Facebook or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with the research team at the University of Manchester.
With huge thanks to Gareth and all the local people who helped at the Gathering, to Gethin and his family for allowing us to chat with them, to Sandra Roberts and Tim Mackey and to everyone else who helped with the shoot.