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Dartmoor Ponies and Dartmoor Faces

Dunnabridge Round UPIn the late 1980’s the Duchy of Cornwall set out to improve the quality and type of the Dartmoor Pony by demonstrating good selection and management. Together with the Dartmoor Pony Society and the Dartmoor National Park Authority, it created the Dartmoor Pony Moorland Scheme

Roger WindsorDartmoor ponies and Dartmoor faces at the Dunnabridge round up!

Ken Edwards and Roger windsor


The Dartmoor Pony Moorland Scheme is dedicated to preserving the traditional ponies and their bloodlines, so Dartmoor can continue to be blessed by the sight of traditional ponies for generations to come. All mares and foals are inspected by the Dartmoor Pony Society’s inspectors. To find out more about the Dartmoor ponies please see my book The Dartmoor Pony

Dunnabridge Round up

Champion at Widecombe Fair with Thunder Bay!

121B9987Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay (as in Thunder the Foal in the Rainbow series!) won three cups at Widecombe Fair! All the photographs were taken thanks to my editor and friend Jonathan Constant.

DSC_1222Annie and Cass and Lad (as in Lad the Dog in the Rainbow series!) did a great job on my stand, while I was showing and Chris Howes walked Rainbow (whose new book we were launching) to and from the Fair!

121B9830Cass Ford, also led Shilstone Rocks Lightning, my yearling and he came runner up to his full brother Thunder Bay!  The Widecombe Fair field is quite steep and I have to admit I slipped over leading Thunder Bay … He was very surprised to see me on the ground, but I didn’t let him go…!

Champion cupThis silver platter was awarded to Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay for winning the most points at Widecombe Fair. It was a great day all round … thanks to all my friends for their help.

Book Launch at Widecombe Fair!

A Day on Dartmoor with Fainbow the Pony

A Day on Dartmoor with Rainbow the Pony

Come and visit Tracey at Widecombe Fair.

She will be at the top of the Fair Field with Rainbow the Pony signing books!

34 pages of beautiful photographs with a simple story line of Rainbow the Pony , who travels around Dartmoor meeting the people and wildlife. A delightful read for both early readers and adults who know Dartmoor or are visiting for the first time.

Rainbow back cover

Some sample pages below:

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page 7


page 23

Hound Tor

Haute SavoirTime for another Adventure! This time last year I was staying with a very good friend who I met teaching horse riding in America when we were twenty who now lives in Haute Savoir, France.

Pony and Trap drive through Widecombe-in-the-Moor

Pony And Trap widecombePony And Trap Fundraisers for PDPA Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, drove through Widecombe in the Moor at the Weekend. This is Trisha and team’s third fundraising journey with Dartmoor ponies.

One of their previous epic trips was from top of Scotland to Land’s End. Trisha told me she was inspired to do her own journey when she came to one of my Riding Adventure Presentation!

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Reserve Supreme Champion at Chagford show

Chagford champ trot

Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay

Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay won Reserve Supreme Champion and champion breed at Chagford show and his full brother Shilstone Rocks Lightning won his class. Thanks Susie for learning to use my camera on the spot to take these pics in the championship! Come and meet the boys and myself at Widecombe Fair where I have thunder Bay’s own book and will be launching his full sister’s Rainbow NEW Book! A Day on Dartmoor with Rainbow the Pony.

Chagford Championship stand out

Below:  Thunder and Lighting. thunder Bay is eating grass out of Lightning’s mouth!

Chagford 2 x borhters

My Boys!

Lightning Champion Yearling

Shilstone Rocks Lightning Champion Yearling at the Dartmoor Pony Society Show

At the DPS Show my Shilstone Rocks Lightning won the yearling colt and the yearling championship and then his full brother Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay won the 2-3 year old colt… I was on cloud nine, until I suddenly on being invited into the young stock championship I found out I was disqualified for him as a two year old colt not wearing a stallion badge! So here is a photo of him below with and without the rosettes … he knows he still won! AND THANKS TO ALL THE KIND PEOPLE WHO GAVE ME MORAL SUPPORT OVER THIS INCIDENT. And to Keith Locke to holding one colt while I showed the other. To Lucy Blencowe and Marian Constant also for their help. My lesson learnt was read the rules :( … I hope my big mistake will avoid others being disappointed in future. Below: BUT THUNDER BAY WILL RETURN!!!

TB with Rossette
TB head


Totnes Show Winners

Tracey’s two Dartmoor colts, full brothers Thunder and Lightning!

But thanks to God it didn’t thunder and lightning as forecast!

Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay won the Dartmoor pony championship at the Totnes Show and his full younger brother Shilstone Rocks Lightning (first time out) won the yearling class and came Reserve Champion to his elder brother.

Thunder Bay

Rainbow the Pony’s upcoming sequel book!


Rainbow the FoalThis is Rainbow the foal (above) 3 years ago, and today (below) grown up having breakfast at the Old Vicarage in Widecombe-in-the Moor. After the success of her first book ‘Rainbow the Pony’ she has her sequel on it’s way!…/rainbow-childrens-books/

Breakfast at the Old VicarageBelow: We were aiming for Haytor, but the light was very dull for photos, so we stopped at Bonehill. With Bell Tor and Chinkwell in the back groundDSC_7682 Bonehill View

Rainbow the Pony’s new book!

Rainbow at Postbridge

I am enjoying compiling a new book starring Rainbow the pony. In this book, Rainbow travels around Dartmoor.  Here we are above at the old clapper bridge at Postbridge.

New 2018 Calendar!

Dartmoor 2018Wittaborough Tor, Widecombe Valley and beyond.

I choose this picture for the front of my new 2018 calendar.This lone sheep was posing in exactly the right spot, as thought she was saying “Take my picture with this great back drop!” You can see below, in the 2018 calendar, I have added a little photo story with a series of photos along the bottom of the date page. To give you more to look at throughout each month.

Calendar page spread

Calendar page spread Postbridge

My two new fillies!

Mayflower & Raindrop

Shilstone Rocks Mayflower and Shilstone Rocks Raindrop. These photos where taken by my good friend Jonathan Constant, who is also my editor for all my books. It was quite a challenging photo-shoot with heavy rain showers and foals pulling in opposite directions!

Below: Getting set up!

Getting set up!

“The Wild Weekenders” Channel 4 Good Friday

Tracey & Callum“The Wild Weekenders!” On channel 4 this Friday 14th April at 8pm

A section from the Telegraph newspaper review;

The opener focuses on Devon, (England) where our hosts try out a range of experiences before picking their own personal favourite, … ranging from wild camping to mounting a horse to try pony herding…. It’s a charming low key affair, mixing practical consumer advice with gentle knockabout fun.”

You have guessed it! I am involved in teaching one of the presenters Clem Green to ride, and given the responsibility to make sure she didn’t fall off! I put her on Yoanna, who I had travelled with from Greece, because she is quieter and slower. I rode Callum, who I had previously ridden from Scotland to Land’s End and also around Southern Ireland.

We were told to go pony herding and at this point all I can remember was shouting to Clem to keep her reins short, whist I did the herding on Callum, loaded up with a tonne of picnic goodies stuffed into his saddle bags! The film crew attached the Go Pro camera to me, but herding ponies loaded with picnic gear, including a stove didn’t make it easy to be nimble and go fast!

It was filmed in late November and after two very cold days I’m not sure how big a part Callum, Yoanna and I play, but it could give you a chuckle, especially when Callum and Yoanna ate the French bread stick at the picnic!

New Beginnings!

Zeebaa and daffodils

This is one of my favourite times of year!  I feel excited!  A time of New Beginnings. The daffodils give us a bright splash of colour and I can hear the newborn lambs bleating …  the mornings and evenings are drawing out and I just want to be out with my camera!  This is Zeeba who stars in my little book called Shaggy Sheep!

Colorado and another idea!



On my return from New Zealand I dropped in on my friends Susie and Dan Rieple in Colorado, where I had fun compiling another idea for a children’s book!

Dan's Jeep

Above: Dan and Cocoa going for a ride in the jeep. Below Susie introducing Cocoa to Smoky, my horse which  I rode with from Mexico to Canada.

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Sunshine to snow!

O'ahu beach

It’s always fun to have ideas for the next adventure and book, and often they go together!I I caught this little chap looking out to a rather beautiful sea on the coast of O’ahu on my long way from New Zealand … to Dartmoor where  there was a smattering of snow yesterday morning!

Callum HoneybagslMy ponies above ‘Callum of Gargunnoch, (his registered name!) who I rode from the top coast of Scotland to Land’s End and around Southern Ireland. Below Thunder Bay who is one of the stars in my  latest children’s book set. He galloped around and around me showing off how fast he could go!

Thunder Bay gallop

May I share your umbrella?

Umbrella pony 2

Can I share your umbrella ?

Claire McCormick and Shilstone Rocks Mountain Man, who originally came from snowy Dartmoor in January 2013 to a Hawkes Bay, (NZ) drought in his mother’s womb in 2013!

Umbrella pony

Of course you can …, but I don’t think it looks like rain!”

Mate !

Mate Arborfield Hello this is Mate!

 At Arborfield Santuary Charitable Trust near Wellsford, Northland, NZ where animals and birds alike  have a wonderful life.  I took many happy photos of contented animals here last week. Every animals and bird had a name, … but I can’t remember them all!

pig breakfastGrapefruit for breakfast!

DSC_9275AlpacasAlpaca Curiosity!

2017 Calendar

October Sheepstor

We have had some issues with a batch of 2017 Dartmoor calendars printed by a local printer. If you have any disappointments with the quality of your calendar please get in touch and let us know where you purchased it. Thank you.

South West Equine Fair

I will be at the South West Equine Fair this weekend Saturday and Sunday 3rd – 4th December signing my new Rainbow children’s books   I will also have my popular Dartmoor calendar and pony Christmas cards and other nice gifts for pony and horse lovers!! Come along and meet me at stand 77ATracey & Lad AT the DNP Fair

Above Lad and I promoting “Lad the Dog” book at the Dartmoor National Park Christmas Fair last weekend!

The Little Book of New Zealand Sheep off to press!

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The Little book of New Zealand Sheep Chinese cover

This morning my new book “The Little book of New Zealand Sheep” went to press ! I also have it translated into Chinese for the visitors to N.Z. Years ago when I was at Bible college in Colorado I met and made friends with a Swiss lady, who later worked in Tibet. Her Swiss and German bosses asked her to recommend a photographer! So I had a great expedition in Tibet taking photos for calendars. Loved it! I became good friends with her German boss and his New Zealand wife who are based in Auckland N.Z and they had a Chinese friend in their prayer group who kindly did the translation of the NZ sheep book into Chinese! Yet another God connection! I will be launching both the English and Chinese editions early next year in New Zealand.

Tracey with her Rainbow book stars!

Tracey and Lightning

These photographs are taken by my good friend and much appreciated editor Jonathan Constant. Above is me with Shilstone Rocks Lighning, who is full brother to Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay, who is the star one of my new Rainbow books, called “Thunder the Foal”. Below I am holding Lad my Cairn terrier who has his own book “Lad the Dog”!

Tracey with Lad

A room with a view !

Yoanna and RainbowA room/field with a view! Here on Dartmoor is Yoanna, who I traveled from Greece to north west Spain several years ago and features in my Across Europe book. Beside her is my Dartmoor pony Shilstone Rocks Rainbow, who is another of my published stars in my new book set “Rainbow and her Farmyard Friends.

Reserve Champion at Widecombe Fair!

Widecombe-fair-cupsAt a very rainy Widecombe Fair on Tuesday where we had thunder and lightning! Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay won first prize in his class, Reserve Champion Dartmoor and 2 big cups, which he is very proud of!  He is also a star in ‘Thunder the Foal’, one of my 7 Rainbow books series. Both the individual books and box set of 7 proved to be popular on the day. You can visit the Rainbow page at…/…/rainbow-childrens-books/

Widecombe Fair – come and meet the stars!

Pinky the Piglet

Pinky the Piglet

Come and meet some of the stars of Tracey’s new book set ‘Rainbow and her Farmyard Friends’ some you can meet on the Widecombe Fair field on this Tuesday 13th September. If you can’t make it to the fair these books will also be available in outlets in and around Dartmoor or at…/rainbow-childrens-books/


Gerty and Ruby the hen

Gerty and Ruby the red hen

Thunder the foal yawning

Thunder the Foal

Dex the calf

Dex the Calf

Lad the dog

Lad the Dog

Haute Savoie, France

Teh adventure is inside us

Oh so good to go on a little adventure again! .. Riding/walking up ski fields over mountains. Exploring the Haute Savoie. When I saw Mont Blanc, it reminded me of several years ago, when I approached the same mountain called Monte Bianco on the Italian side (traveling with two ponies from Greece to North West Spain) and I was reminded of these words of Italian climber Walter Bonatti; L’avventura e dentro di noi” = “The adventure is inside us!”

Lake Geneva & SwitzerlandWith Lake Geneva and Switzerland as the back drop, we climbed, leading our horses up a red ski run. It was definitely worth it for the amazing views of snow capped mountains! Tracey on Junior , FranceAbove me riding Junior, Ali’s lovely horse she saved. I first met Ali when I was 19 years old when we were both teaching horse riding (English style) in Michigan, America. Through our faith in God, adventure and horses we have been great friends ever since!



Rainbow and Her Farmyard Friends are on their way home!

66. A Dartmoor Morning

May I introduce you to all these real life characters in my new book set of children’s early learning picture books, which will arrive on my doorstep on Dartmoor in late August!  Both adults reading to children and children learning to read will love these delightful stories of real animals, which live on Dartmoor. Each book cover is a different colour of the rainbow and each book  has 34 pages of packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations.

Rainbow the Pony
Dex the Calf
Pinky the Piglet
Lad the Dog
Ruby the Red Hen
Blue the Sheep

Thunder the Foal

The dimensions of each book is 16x19cm (6 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches)

Off to Church in Widecombe -in-the-Moor!

This year I took Callum, my Highland I rode from the top of Scotland to Land's End and around Southern Ireland, and Thunder Bay (Shilstone Rocks) to the Animal Service at Widecombe Church. Thunder Bay had been last year as a foal he still did a huge leap over 3 steps into church and wanted to be involved in the singing, trying to eat the song book, while Callum fell asleep! To see more of Callum's 'riding around Southern Ireland" or Thunder the Foal's' stories please visit www.TraceyElliotReep.comz

This year I took Callum, (Callum of Gargunnock) my Highland I rode from the top of Scotland to Land’s End and around Southern Ireland, and Thunder Bay (Shilstone Rocks) to the Animal Service at Widecombe Church. Thunder Bay had been last year as a foal he still did a huge leap over 3 steps into church. He grabbed the vicar’s robe when he got blessed and wanted to be involved in the singing, trying to eat the song book, while Callum fell asleep! To see more of Callum’s ‘riding around Southern Ireland” or Thunder the Foal’s’ stories please visit

Song book!

Leaving church with the vicar

Leaving church!


A new addition to the family!

Rainstorm & new foal

Shilstone Rocks Rainstorm has a new colt foal, who looks very similar to his full brother Thunder Bay! They will make a great pair Thunder and perhaps his name will be “Lightning”!? Thunder and Lightning?!

Rainstorm & new colt foal

Royal Cornwall show winner !

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Shilstone Rocks Thunder Bay, one of the real life characters in my latest box set of 7 books to be launched at Widecombe Fair on 13th September called “Rainbow and Her Farmyard Friends” Was indeed a star at the Royal Cornwal Show, as he won his yearling class!

Atmospheric clouds over Dartmoor

Great Mist Tor

Beautiful atmospheric clouds over Dartmoor a few days ago. I love how the shadows race across the rugged landscape and the colours change every few moments making the scene look so different. Great Mis Tor


Snowing on Dartmoor!

Early March on Dartmoor –  Winter has arrived along with the snow! I went for an early morning walk with my camera and dog and suddenly several snow clouds opened up over Dartmoor, us and the ponies.

Shilstone Rocks Mountain Song copy

This is Shilstone Rocks Mountain Bay, dam of Mountain Bay who flew to New Zealand a few years ago. I think she wish she could have gone too!

Shilstone Rocks Dartmoor in snow

Snow and snowmen on Dartmoor!

Lad near South Hessary Tor

The snow quickly came and went on most of Dartmoor on Friday, but looking west it still looked white on the high moor, so that’s where I headed! In the past in my old red landrover, I didn’t mind bouncing off the granite stone walls in the ice and snow, but now I have a newer model (only 10 years old without dents), I am more careful and parked in Princetown and walked and ran several miles through the snow with Lad my dog to catch the last of the sunlight on Nun’s Cross. The following morning after another long walk with camera and Lad, I returned to Princetown and to crowds of people and snowmen!

Snowmen near Princetown

Dartmoor Pony Wall hanging for Christmas

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This beautiful Dartmoor pony wall hanging was made by Kirsty Peake, using my photos. It is unique as my name photograph by is reversed. Get in touch if you are interested in buying it for a special Christmas gift.

Autumn Colours on Dartmoor

Widecombe Autumn colours

Autumn is always a colourful season on Dartmoor. I took this picture as the sun was low and back-lighting the trees making their leaves glow and stand out from the shadowed backdrop.

A Dartmoor Lane

Galloways on Dartmoor Lane

I was out looking for pictures, admiring the autumn leaves hanging over the lane here in the picture above, when this herd of Galloway cows came round the corner!  I quickly backed back up the road, squeezing my landrover into a gateway, and jumped out to take some photos. As I followed them up the lane I learned they had spent the summer grazing on the moor near Throwleigh and were moving back to their winter quarters. A lovely Dartmoor scene indeed!

Galloways on Dartmoor lane.

Heading Home

Highlands in Challacombe Valley

I have been enjoying being out about photographing on Dartmoor recently. I came across this pair heading slowly down Challacombe Valley. In the low winter light you can see the ancient field systems clearly on the right side of the valley and the medieval fields straight ahead.