Dartmoor is beautiful clothed in her autumn colours, shown here in my new 2018 calendar which is selling well! Please take a look at more of the 2018 photographs;
In 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
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 http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/dartmoor/books/dartmoor-pony-book/
Annie 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!
Cass 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…!
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.
Some sample pages below:
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!
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. www.traceyelliiotreep.com
Below: Thunder and Lighting. thunder Bay is eating grass out of Lightning’s mouth!
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!!!
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.
This 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! http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/bo…/rainbow-childrens-books/
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.
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!
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!
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!
My 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!
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!
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 77A
Above Lad and I promoting “Lad the Dog” book at the Dartmoor National Park Christmas Fair last weekend!
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.
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”!
Just been photographing the Abondance cows coming down the mountain …with flowers in their Hair! With my Shaggy Sheep book proving popular I feel another book is brewing … about cows! To see my sheep books take a look at http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/shaggy-sheep/
A 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. http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/riding-by-faith-across-europe/ 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. http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/books/rainbow-childrens-books/
At 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 http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/…/…/rainbow-childrens-books/
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 http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/bo…/rainbow-childrens-books/
Gerty and Ruby the red hen
Thunder the Foal
Dex the Calf
Lad the Dog
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!”
With 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! Above 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!
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.
The dimensions of each book is 16x19cm (6 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches)
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 www.TraceyElliotReep.com
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.
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!
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!
Loved to watch and photograph the mist slowly rolling in over the tors and hills of Dartmoor! What a gift to be out and about and get some atmospheric photos! Above is Great Mis Tor, near Merrivale and below is the mist rolling into Taw Marsh on the northern edge of Dartmoor.To view my 2016 calendar go to http://www.traceyelliotreep.com/dartmoor/calendar/
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!
The Dartmoor Pony Heritage team leaving Widecombe in the Moor, on their 100 miles challenge across and around Dartmoor. www.dpht.co.uk/ The charity dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous Dartmoor pony. Congratulations team – keep it up!
Below: The Dartmoor Pony Heritage team on their 100 mile challenge, crossing Hameldown.