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Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: The Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation established to provide a safe haven for critically endangered Newfoundland Ponies, in the hopes of saving the breed from impending extinction through careful breeding and education of the general public to the pony’s plight.

Results: We continue to be involved with thwarting inclusion of the pony in a breed-to-the-market Canadian federal breed "improvement" program quite unsuitable for rare breed conservation. This inclusion would result in the Newfoundland Pony's extinction as the pony it has been known to be for hundreds of years. We were heavily involved in the urgent move of a herd of Newfoundland Ponies in a precarious situation, 4000 miles across the continent to repatriate them to Newfoundland where their numbers and bloodlines were greatly needed. We have been involved in the education of many pony owners and potential pony owners, as well as the general horse community, and non-horse people. We teach what a landrace breed is and why it is crucial to the survival of the species to preserve and protect this unique animal. We have found permanent homes for Newfoundland ponies in need, and foster homes. Our sanctuary had one colt born whose parents have very few offspring, and bred 3 more mares who will give birth next year. None of our ponies are for sale. To ensure a safe future, all of our foals remain property of the center, available to lease to conservation breeding homes only.

Target demographics: critically endangered Newfoundland Ponies

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5 Newfoundland ponies find new homes, mentored new conservation breeders, produced 1 colt and bred 3 mares. We provided opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to interact with them through which learned the importance of healthy species, and also simply enjoyed themselves. We also provided youth, college students, retirees and others with a variety of volunteer positions. Our Equine Assisted Learning program provided life skills development for the community summer camps.

Geographic areas served: North America

Programs: We provide a safe haven, while we educate the public on this landrace breed, encouraging responsible ownership and conservation breeding practices with an emphasis being the welfare of each pony. At the same time we reach out to protect individual ponies, and work to preserve expand pony family lines both across North America and at our small sanctuary that some ponies call home. We offer tours, and interactive programs both onsite and offsite, that showcase the pony's unique, people-friendly disposition which, along with their athletic ability and rare nature-made genetic health. The story of the Newfoundland Pony teaches a lesson that is crucial to the health and well-being of all living things, other plants and animals, many of which we depend on for food.

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Amy Jo C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Conservancy by a fellow journalist who did a story about the endangered Newfoundland pony. She knew we had Newfoundland dogs, a true love of animals and....a BARN. So we went for a visit! This non profit is truly engrained in the community offering education and experiences for children, seniors, the disabled and is on a mission to keep this land race from extinction. It feels like such an honor to be part of that effort by fostering a mother-daughter pair at our home. We feel such pride in their glossy coats and sure feet and making their health optimal! The Conservancy Center is tireless in it's education mission while at the same time working around the clock for financial, feed and volunteer labor contributions to keep the organization functioning and stable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I did not know what I was missing until I met George and Emily AHO and their beautiful family of ponies (and dogs). They keep their property so clean and well organized for the animals. It is a wonderful, happy and calming experience to be there at Newfoundland Pony......
And George and Emily are very busy sharing the ponies with town events, schools and nursing homes. And I don’t know who is happier: the beautiful ponies or the Aho’s.

So glad I know these people.

lyndaht

Donor

Rating: 5

Newfoundland pony sanctuary has done so much in the Monadnock area to help others and also bring awareness to the possibility of the extinction of this most important breed. We are proud to know you and look forward to continuing to help you in your efforts to keep the Newfoundland pony breed growing.❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Villi Pony Farm is a non-profit organization geared to keep the endangered Newfoundland ponies healthy and to continue to breed and help other pony farms throughout the United States. The Villi Pony Farm in Jaffrey NH works endlessly to stay well informed and take wonderful care of these Newfoundland ponies. They have 2 mares that are due to have foals in May, and they are doing all that they can to keep the organization running. The past 2 weeks the Woodbound Inn in Jaffrey had the most people attending their buffet due to Villi Pony. The fact that some of the proceeds would go to this organization encouraged all who know this non-profit to come and have the dinner buffet both weeks to support the cause. I do hope that people will continue to support Villi Pony as I feel it is a well run and organized non-profit with much to offer. I will be following them and will continue to support their cause in whatever way I can. Thank you. Lynda M. Hunt, Pres. of the Rindge Chamber of Commerce

1 Dot S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center doesn’t just care for the critically endangered Newfoundland Pony, they share these glorious animals with those who need a little happiness in their lives.
All one has to do is see the smiles these animals bring to multiple visitors
( including those with physical and emotional challenges) to realize they indeed are a valuable asset to the community as well as to world in general.
Go to www.newfoundlandpony.org. to see more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about the Newfoundland Pony Conservation a few years ago. My husband and I have gone there to the open barn events and have visited through the past few years. The love and commitment they have in preserving these precious horses is outstanding. I have seen the farm grow and make alot of improvements to make the horses life full. I call it my go to place " peaceful, lots of laughs and a slice of heaven on Earth". Emily, and George and their many volunteers put their all in it for this wonderful breed of horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Villa Pony Farm is a wonderful sanctuary for these Newfoundland Ponies. I heard about them in a news article featuring the sanctuary and their mission to help preserve the ponies. I did some research and decided to learn more. I have visited the farm, and watched and met the ponies, volunteers and Emily and George, who run the farm. Their love for these ponies reflect in every aspect of the ponies well being. The ponies are happy, and well taken care of. This farm is where I love to frequently visit, to see the ponies and the workings of everyday life on the farm. It trully is a wonderful experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization on behalf of a critically endangered pony breed. They are active in so many areas of outreach, from nursing homes to town fairs, teaching and sharing the joys of these very special ponies. They do a terrific job of educating as well as providing opportunities for people to enjoy the breed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Impressive organization that thrives on outreach to help people learn about and experience the unique Newfoundland ponies. Very welcoming. Thank you for a wonderful visit. Looking forward to working on a special project together.

1 Mark Andrew E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my wife and I visited the center last fall we didn't know what to expect. After the visit we wanted to help the center any way we could. Emily and George, and their group of volunteers, have done a fantastic job taking care of the ponies and getting the word out about the plight of the Newfoundland Pony. Not only can people come and visit the ponies at the center but the ponies participate in activities in surrounding communities. We are hoping to visit again soon and some day bring our grandchildren too. As with all nonprofits it seems that there are always expenses that need to be paid.

1 Corinne Dallas N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center works very hard to reestablish this rare breed! They are one of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals I've ever heard of. Keep up the good work in the future!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing place! The work the Newfoundland pony conservancy center does in the community while raising awareness of this critically endagered breed of pony is absolutely astounding. No one does it better than Emily and George and the volunteers there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center (NPCC) is one our affiliates, we being the Equus Survival Trust, a educational conservation 501c3 nonprofit for endangered equine breeds (and a Top Rated GreatNonProfit winner). We appreciate the dedication and effectiveness the NPCC has working on behalf of it's critically endangered pony breed. This organization is a grass roots effort that not only helps the Newfoundland Pony gain recognition it provides education and has its own breeding program. NCCP supports other breeders, and also engages in outreach, partnering or supporting their local public community with Innovative kids, seniors, and special needs programs involving the ponies.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This rare breed sanctuary for the critically endangered Newfoundland Pony does an exceptional job of promoting their breed and involving their local community, particularly kids. They use a wealth of programs and events both mainstream and outside the box. As the Executive Director of the rare breed equine conservation nonprofit the Equus Survival Trust, I have personally sampled Villi Poni Farm at work. They are second to none.

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Villiponifarm 10/19/2018

We can't thank Equus Survival Trust enough for being an important mentor to our program. Deciphering the myriad of advice out there in order to determine what is helpful and what is harmful for rare breeds is a daunting task. EST spells it out clearly; we know we are on the right path for the future. The difficulty is getting others to learn that as well but that daunting task is well worth the effort. The ponies are perfection as is, yet they still face grave danger in the wrong hands, with the wrong ideas about what preservation is vs what is in fact breed destruction. We have learned to tell right away why a person or organization gets involved with endangered equine breeds. Those who clearly put the animal first vs personal recognition or monetary gain shine through. EST is entirely volunteer, no one gets paid anything. Instead of helping their organization first, they help breeds first and the people who give their all to do the same. We know where to turn for expert advice.

3 Pam M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To listen to the stories of the ponies and their history and the slow decrease of their breed is heart breaking. But yo suddenly see the conservancy rescue, heal, and above all love these ponies is scores above just being a rescue! The Aho’s are giving these ponies a chance to live, feel unconditionally loved and a chance to increase their population safely and securely!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center for the past 2 years. I am constantly amazed at all the work that this retired couple have accomplished, and it is all being done with donations and volunteers. They have taught me so much about the possible extinction of the Newfoundland Ponies, and other creatures. This summer, a new little colt was born, at the Conservancy, "Cabot's Stormin' Sam." This is only the second Newfoundland Pony born in the United States this year! Quite an accomplishment and a big step towards the progress of saving the Newfoundland Pony breed from total extinction. I appreciate all the time and effort they have put into educating the public (as well as myself) about the gentleness and uniqueness of these ponies. They also have been pleasing residents at assisted living communities by bringing ponies to their residence for up close and personal visits! It is so heartwarming to see these elder residents loving the ponies and reminiscing about their previous love and experiences with horses and ponies.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer, but am now a Board Member. I was taken in by the tenacity of the Executive Director, Emily Aho, who has devoted everything to save the Newfoundland Ponies. After meeting the ponies, who are more like pet dogs by nature, I fell in love even more with the breed. It is such a shame that the breed is becoming extinct, but thanks to Emily and her tireless efforts, she is starting to make a difference. Finally, two of her Newfoundland ponies are pregnant, so the farm is expecting 2 foals in the spring. This will add to the diminishing population (under 400 worldwide) and help keep the breed alive. The VIlli Poni Farm is run TOTALLY on donations from citizens. There is no paid staff. Two people run the farm, take care of the ponies (10 - 13 ponies on site), organize fundraising, and design ways to show how useful these ponies can be to society. They brought a pony to an assisted living facility in Peterborough, NH, this past year and the residents loved the opportunity to get up close and interact with the pony. This is healing for these residents, who seldom have the opportunity to bond with such an animal. Villi Pony Farm's latest program , Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), has become a big help for the local summer camps and even home school population, who need socializing skills in this era of non verbal social media. I have learned a lot from these ponies, and I can see a future in popularizing these ponies, if they can just get the word out to others, that they exist.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just began volunteering for the Conservancy. I wanted to help a charitable organization that works with animals. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a Pony. The friendliness of this animal was not just amazing, but endearing as well.
As I met the other volunteer staff and Board, I recognized their hard work and dedication to this breed.
It’s not just a matter of saving an endangered species, it’s a matter of saving a species that has kindness, bravery, tenacity, and even humor. The Newfoundland Pony needs a place in our world where it can continue to bring joy to those in need. The Conservancy protects them and ensures the breeds continuance with careful planning, hard work, and patience. Great job for a Volunteer organization!

2 Cindy M.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This non-profit does such a fantastic job staying true to their mission of preserving the Newfoundland Pony. They strive every day to educate the public on the rare breed Newfoundland pony.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people. Amazing ponies. Amazing place! My family had a lovely pony picnic on Saturday and sat under an apple tree and watched the beautiful ponies and got to know a little about each of their special personalities. Abigail and Dylan were delighted and both Sam the foal and Sam the volunteer. They made the experience that much more special. We had the best time and Abigail can’t wait to go back and see the little guy when he is a bit more grown up. She has been talking about Heather since we left. They are doing great things there!

2 Alexandria Rose T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The reputation of this Newfoundland Pony sanctuary is an exemplary blueprint for any rare breed to shamelessly copy. This sanctuary supports and promotes the traditional pony while sharing great interactive programs with the local community. Win-wins for all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Villi Poni Farm is a magical place filled with some incredible animals and dedicated, knowledgeable caretakers that have made a haven for these endangered ponies. I always leave there feeling enlightened and gratitude. Nice to know someone is fighting for Newfound ponies!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unbelievably great story of a rare pony making a comeback from a small town in NH! A must visit when your in the area!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Villi Poni Farm is the only Sanctuary in the U.S. striving to help the critically endangered Newfoundland Pony. The sanctuary also works side by side with the Town of Jaffrey NH and with neighboring towns to spread the message about the importance of conserving not only plants and animals but also the habitats they thrive in. VPF also works with children and disabled adults, teaching communication skills, teamwork, and leadership. This is done through the Equine Assisted Learning program.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since our move to Jaffrey NH we have been able to bring more ponies in need to the sanctuary. We have also reached out to the community and brought our mission to the general public. We have become partners with the Conservation Comission and worked with local summer camps. Our goal is to become more involved with the community and provide programs aimed at the youth of our community.