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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love spending time at the farm, the Newfoundland ponies are amazing. To see the dedication that Emily and George give them, it's simply wonderful. To see the new ponies born there to preserve their breed it's awesome.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work this nonprofit does on behalf of their critically endangered pony breed, the Newfoundland Pony, and how they have gotten their local non-horse community behind them. The NPCC is not only one of our Equus Survival Trust affiliates, they are often my "go to" when I need innovative ideas to share with other rare breed societies and communities struggling with how to promote, protect, and conserve their rare breed. Bravo!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since NPCC was formed in 2013 our mission has been save the Newfoundland ponies from extinction. We have done this by educating the public as to the plight of the ponies. We have attended many local fairs and even brought ponies to the fireworks. Our ponies have visited assisted living facilities and been involved in numerous summer camps. Students from Franklin Pearce University have volunteered at the farm and learned about our mission.
Our volunteers have worked with the ponies and have fallen in love with them. We have started a network of foster homes and the ponies are being seen in more places than ever before. We have taught responsible breeding and have started a network of breeders.
There is so much more to do and with the help of volunteers and the people who have visited our work moved forward.
PONY KARMA is there to touch all that meet the ponies.

1 Ponied1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I first laid eyes on a Newfoundland Pony some 20 years ago, I knew they were special, but little did I know that they and the mission to keep them from going extinct would become a big focus in my life, including the founding of an all volunteer charitable organization known as the Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center. Not only do these ponies mean so very much to me, but so do the people involved with the center. Hard-working volunteers give freely of their time and effort to these magical beings, but at times I wonder just who is more magical, the ponies or the people. However, there is a phenomena I've noticed with missions like saving rare breeds, what I call the Big Fish Little Pond syndrome. It takes me mere minutes to recognize why people are involved, perhaps more about themselves than the object of the mission.

At the NPCC, knowing and always remembering why we are here and basing all efforts, all decisions on that reason, the pony, is something I take great pride in saying all of the people associated with this org do an exemplary job of. Have a look and no where will you see selfie after selfie of a particular person with any of our ponies. All of our programs are above board, safe, professional and at no time are our ponies used for anyone's personal gain.

In the promotion of the breed we don't first focus on the use of the pony, and then oh by the way they have amazing personalities and important genetics to save for the health of the entire species. We do just opposite - we focus on their minds, their temperament, their healthy genetics, and then oh by the way they can do this and that. We wish that others did as well so the pony doesn't get melded and turned into just another standard breed, altered and adapted to suit human preference or market fad.

"Not every living creature needs to serve mankind in order to have a presence on this planet."™ (Emily Aho). The volunteers at the NPCC know and value this and I am so very proud to be a part of this organization. Our efforts are unique, visionary and all are fueled by our hearts.

Our Heal the Heroes™ program is an important example of how we not only address the needs of the breed but at the same time address the needs of our community. As everyone knows, to say this year has been a tough one is to put it mildly. While 90% of our regular programs were cancelled due to the risk of the spread of Covid, our volunteers did not cancel. They remained dedicated to the ponies, and to the effort.

Heal the Heroes™ is a certified life skills program that at its inception during the beginning of the Covid crisis, was the only program of its kind out there designed to address the specific needs of health care workers, especially nurses and doctors. Being an RN and also a person who lost two loved ones to this cruel virus, I stirred up our volunteers and got the program up and running asap. On top of that, as a professionally trained and certified facilitator, I made darn sure that our Health Care workers would attend for free by donating my services and seeking grants/donations to cover the cost of care and feeding of the ponies. We succeeded, receiving a grant from the Latham Organization and a Nutrena Feed It Forward grant, as well as a donation from the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary. In June of this year I received a congressional honor by US Senator Maggie Hassan for that program, however that would never have happened without the support and effort of the entire NPCC volunteer team and the amazing Newfoundland Pony. Way to go NPCC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center has been a key ingredient to helping me get through this uncertain time. Being able to interact with the ponies has become an important part of my weekly routine. The ponies are incredibly responsive and affectionate. Emily and George have created a safe haven for the ponies and a warm welcoming atmosphere for volunteers. Their enthusiasm for preserving this special, endangered breed of ponies is contagious.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit has gone beyond expectations. It is run by two 50+ adults, plus only a handful of volunteers, who have homed multiple, soon to become extinct, Newfoundland Ponies. When they are not busy taking care of the 10 to 12 ponies on their farm, they are out teaching others how important it is to continue correct breeding of these ponies, in order to save the breed. Even though they are completely financially dependent on donations, they spent several weeks this past summer creating and running a program for first line responders (nurses, doctors, EMTs, etc) , totally free to those who have been working with COVID-19 patients. The program, Heal the Heroes, was designed to help them deal with the stress of their occupations by getting up close and personal with the ponies and learning how much the ponies can react and help with their inner emotions. It is definitely the most uplifting non profit I have ever been involved with.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are doing an amazing job trying to bring back the Newfoundland ponies through a breeding program. These beautiful ponies were slaughtered almost to extinction.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPCC is genuinely focused on their mission of conservation. They truly care for the ponies and want what is best for them. Everyone there is super kind hearted and adores the ponies. They do not inbreed or breed mares every year and make sure they get all the proper care they need 24/7. I love these people and the ponies

2 Mark Andrew E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife, Diane, and were blessed when we stopped at the Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center for a visit last year. We got an introduction to each of the ponies and were told the history of this breed. This summer we were hoping to bring some of our grandchildren to the center but were unable to do so because of Covid-19. George and Emily Aho are constantly getting the ponies and what they are doing at the center community exposure. Wherever the ponies went to fairs and other community events they were received with enthusiasm. When this virus is contained we look forward to visiting the center again.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center does amazing work saving these critically endangered ponies. Im proud to be able to donate my time and energy into helping such a great cause.

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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.

1 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

2 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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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.

2 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.

4 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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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!

3 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!

3 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.

2 Alison E.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing great things for the endangered Newfoundland pony. In addition to their work protecting and publicizing the breed locally in New England, I particularly like how they are working to build a network of breed supporters across the USA and how they work closely with Canada and Newfoundland to benefit ponies in need and promote good breeding practices. I believe the money I donate is very well spent.

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Villiponifarm 10/19/2018

Thank you Alison! You have done impressive things for Fell ponies and we are honored to have your attention turn to the Newfoundland Pony. While it's great to save a breed, it's not great to save it the wrong way like adding outside blood, and breeding for specific markets. You know this already and our admiration is mutual. The breed needs more knowledgable people like you.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hard-working people dedicated to the Newfoundland Pony, a breed worth saving!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This spring I had the opportunity and great pleasure to visit Villi Poni Farm. Actually, I left Montreal with 2 friends to visit George, their beloved Newfounland pony donated to the Villi Poni Farm, and to attend a clinic given by Sharon Wilsie. The clinic was a total success !
It was wonderful to meet the inspiring owners of Villi Poni Farm and the volunteers. How heartwarming to feel the love everyone puts into the overwhelming amount of work needed to create a safe and happy home for all the ponies, donkeys ...
I wish them the all the best !!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Villi Poni is a beautiful farm dedicated to the rescue, care and preservation of the historical Newfoundland Pony. Being from Newfoundland, it warms my heart that they share a love for a pony that is slowly becoming obsolete. We need more sanctuaries like this with like minded caring hearts.

4 Bernard D.

Donor

Rating: 5

J'ai eu le bonheur d'aller au Villi Poni Farm dimanche le 08 octobre 2017. Ma fille Nathalie et ma petite fille Andréane ont leur poney George à cette ferme.

J'ai été impressionné par le travail d'AMOUR que font Emily & George pour tous les poneys de cette ferme.

Bravo et Félicitations,

Jacqueline Lussier et Bernard Durocher

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the owners for many years now and how committed they are to preserving the line of Newfoundland ponies. They have become teachers to all walks of life on the preservation and care of the horses and raise awareness to keep the blood line going. They are ready and able to teach anyone who is interested in Newfoundland ponies to get in touch with them and learn more about them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit Villi Poni Farm. It exceeded my expectations and I was happy to see all the animals that were rescued by Villi Poni Farm. I got a tour of meeting all the animals, knowing their names, and stories how they came to Villi Poni Farm. The owners were so caring and you could tell how much they loved every single animal! I praise their hard work, they are wonderful.

3 Anna D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful farm is truly dedicated to the preservation of this breed. Because of their total commitment, this breed still has a fighting chance.
The attention and care that the care takers provide is superb, and hopefully will inspire others to uphold their values.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who has been in the horse world for 20 plus years and counting...and someone who has rescued many horses and ponies...I cannot say enough good things about this sanctuary. It's very easy to rescue. But it is NOT easy to rescue and rehabilitate on a regular and continued basis along w being able to keep track of said rescues even after they have left your home to continue providing them w a safe future. That is what Villi Poni does. And they do it very well. The animals and volunteers a farm has will speak volumes about how the humans are that run it and these unique ponies and their amazing volunteers just so happen to tell a very happy story.

Along w having all the love in the world for this non-profit, I also have the same love for this breed. I have owned a few and worked w MANY. This is a breed that deserves rescue. Deserves safety. Deserves a spot on this planet. They are intelligent, kind and incredibly intuitive which makes them one of the most interesting breeds to work w and spend time w as well as one of the most "family friendly" breeds I've worked w. This breed is exceptional and the people who run this sanctuary are as well.

3 Katherine S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great resource for information and care! Obviously deeply committed to the lasting health of the breed and fostering an enduring legacy of stewardship.

4 Amanda P.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the only, of not THE only rescues that promote functionality of a pony beyond the show ring. They are not just breed stewards for the Newfoundland Pony, but advocates for all equines and conservation of the environment that created them. All of their ponies are used for community give back programs such as Equine Assisted Learning and conservation education. They're so passionate about their cause it's hard to resist them. Wonderful people and wonderful ponies.

5 Ulhan D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Villipony farm est devenu le refuge rêvé pour notre adorable poney de Terre-Neuve, George, le 16 août dernier. Je ne pouvais trouver un meilleur endroit pour assurer le bien-être de ce poney si cher à notre coeur. Nous étions déchirés à l'idée de devoir nous en départir mais grâce à Emily, à son fiancé George ( l'autre George ) et leurs bénévoles, nous avons maintenant l'esprit en paix. Mille merci à vous tous ! Vous méritez sans conteste toute la reconnaissance que vous obtenez...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the work the farm does for the Newfoundland ponies I love to get up the day I have to go to the farm and see the ponies its an amazing place full of good kind hearted people and ponies!!

3 Rachelle M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Villi Poni farm a accueilli notre beau George à la fin de l'été et ce qui ce fait à cet endroit est exceptionnel. Les chevaux sont traités aux petitx soinx et toute la communauté environnante peut en bénéficier. Notre fille est heureuse de voir évoluer son poney dans un environnement aussi extraordinaire. Merci pour tout!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey Emily. My visit to Villa Pony farm with my cousin Scot was absolutely amazing. It was an honour to meet you, your husband-to-be, and your wonderful volunteers. You guys are all doing an amazing job. I couldn't wait to get home to tell everybody about Villa Pony farm. My little girl love's her t-shirt. Being a NEWFIE, your passion and dedication for these Newfoundland ponies warms my heart. I will hopefully be returning to New Hampshire again next year and will be looking forward to visiting you guys again. Have an amazing day!!!

4 Linda448

Donor

Rating: 5

Emily and George are so great with their ponies and the children who go to the different functions. They teach the children how to feed and water their pony, as well as mucking out stalls and keeping the animal clean by brushing them. They also teach them how to ride and to saddle up their ponies. Emily and her volunteers have done amazing work on the farm. They clean out stalls and keep the pens cleaned up among the many things they do. Emily has fought to keep the animals from extinction. Not only has she fought other countries to keep them alive, she has brought some to her farm to breed and make sure the don't go extinct. If George and Emily had their way, every pony would be with them on their farm, but, they don't have the room for all of them. But, you couldn't ask for a better home than Poni Villi Farm. They do all they can to make sure that every pony is well taken care of and is loved!

4 John412

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Villi Pony Farm does an amazing job of rescuing and caring for these endangered ponies. Emily and George welcome all and are great with the children as well. Definitely the place to go to learn about this special breed first hand as well as to see a rarely found dedication to their mission.

5 Maggie57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only are the ponies happy, but their whole environment is pure joy! The owners and volenteers are so welcoming and have an exciting energy. This place sure makes you want to do so much more for each and every last endangered pony out there! I've volunteered myself and the experience was very positive. I felt right at home with the great place, kind ponies and people, and rewarding feelings of safety within the breed. I am proud to mention such a great sanctuary to anyone and everyone I talk to!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently gave our ponies to Villi Poni Farm and I don't think they could've gone to a better place. I'm incredibly impressed by how well Emily Chetkowsi helped us get them shipped out there safely and how generous she was. She has big plans for our ponies futures and is so passionate about everything she does for these Newfoundland Ponies.

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Villiponifarm 08/31/2017

We LOVE Erik and Smokey! This year they debuted as Equine Assisted Learning ponies in our summer camp program. They were fabulous! So proud of them and so thankful you had faith in Villi Poni Farm.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful ponies, wonderful much needed sanctuary and the dedication of the owners to this breed is amazing!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I personally have seen the help that Villi Poni Farm has given to their ponies. They not only help the ponies in other lands, but they do what they can for the ponies they have on their farm. George and Emily really do care about the animals that they help. The ponies on the farm are so well taken care of (and spoiled). They will come up and just about beg for your attention. I would give all I have to this farm and not even blink about it.

4 ambie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Villi Pony Farm sanctuary is an amazing non profit rescue for these special little endangered ponies. I've seen personally what they will do to help a newfoundland pony in need or one already on their farm. Their efforts to preserve the breed are nothing short of miracles. one of my favorite rescues to donate to, not just because they are local but because they care about the breed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Emily and all of the volunteer staff at the villi farm are amazing, knowledgeable and show great love for these endangered ponies. They understand what is needed to protect the pony population and it's heritage. We love supporting this wonderful sanctuary and their cause. I hope others will do the same.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I stepped onto the farm two years ago, I knew that this place was special! George and Emily welcome you with open arms and make you feel like you belong. The ponies are incredible. They melt your heart the moment you see them. What they are doing for these ponies is one of the greatest things I've ever seen. This wonderful little farm has changed people's mind about their importance. They've shown people their importance and their right to be here. It's truly a miracle!! It's an inspiration to us all!!

4 Victoria76

Advisor

Rating: 5

As the Executive Director of the Equus Survival Trust (a 501c3 rare breed horse conservation nonprofit) I cannot extol the virtues of Villi Pony Farm enough. I have worked side by side at exhibitions with them at the largest equine trade show in America when they participated in our rare breed exhibition at Equine Affaire last year in MA. I have also visited their farm as well as follow their activities on Facebook.

Villi Poni Farm continues to work tirelessly on promoting their critically endangered Newfoundland pony breed. I love they way they incorporate the local region to participate and have fun at the same time. Bravo!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love what this non-profit is doing for the rare breed pony, the Newfoundland Pony. They have created a safe haven for the pony and teachinh the public what it means to be a breed steward. Thank you Villi Poni Farm.

Cindy Mehaney
Newfoundland Pony Society Registrar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are absolutely the best!
George and Emily are friendly, always willing to share a bit of information on these wonderful ponies.

4 Faith W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just started volunteering in June. The farm is beautiful, the people friendly, and the ponies outstanding.

3 Coad

Advisor

Rating: 5

I learned about the Sanctuary just about a year ago. I knew nothing about the Newfoundland pony, but quickly learned about their history and endangered status. The Board members work tirelessly to ensure the preservation of this unique line of ponies. They have helped place many Newfoundland ponies in good and loving homes. With my business and financial background I have been able to assist in these areas. Villi Poni Farm recently received a grant that is paying for fencing for the demonstration ring. With their new location in Jaffrey, NH, they have found a supportive community for the ponies. I look forward to working with Villi Poni Farm for years to come. The Sanctuary's 10 ponies are a joy to watch.

Review from Guidestar

3 Veronica A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Emily from Villi Poni Farm is one of the greatest, most dedicated and carring person in this world. She is like a little Angel for the Newfoundland Ponies. If help is needed or questions need to be answered she will be right there, no matter what time or how often. With the farm she helps to make people more aware of these wonderful creatures again and gives them another chance. Even Ponies who other people would have given up on, she won't give up. Through her help I was able to bring back one of my registered Newfies which I thought I would never see again. Many other Ponies found the best homes they could find, just because of her ongoing dedicated and commitment to them. It would not have been possible without her.

If there would be more people around like her, there would be so many Newfies we would never have to worry about their numbers again and this world would be a better one for sure.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Villi Pony Farm is doing an amazing job at promoting awareness of the Newfoundland Pony and its critically endangered status, as well a saving and protecting numerous ponies themselves with their amazing sanctuary :-)

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Villi Pony Farm...This is one of the most dedicated Non Profits I've ever seen. It's not only for the love for the Newfoundland pony, they are also all about connecting young people to the ponies and the dedication to the pony to save them from extinction not only here in the USA but other countries also #1 Non-Profit we all should take a lesson on how this non profit is succeeding.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization protecting one of the world's most endangered breeds - the iconic Newfoundland Pony. Villi Poni Farm is Well worth everyone's support.

3 Donna220

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I you have never meet a newfoundland pony this place is a must see/visit on your bucket list .... I am not afraid of these guys they are so super gental and loving totally amazing around kids.... If it was not for meeting Emily and George I would have NEVER know about these beautiful creatures!!!! Definitely a must see!!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Villi Poni Farm is a haven for good in the horse world. Their motives are pure and unpretentious. They genuinely care and their hearts are in the right place. They deserve greater recognition and support. Much Love!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thrilled that I got to experience the magic of the Newfoundland Pony at Villi Poni Farm! The work they do there is amazing, and Emily us truly a steward for all animals!

10 Korrine A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Newfoundland pony owner and enthusiast I appreciate the hard work a dedication involved in trying to protect a critically endangered species. The world needs more Emilys. What a difference they are making for our ponies! Everyone involved with this farm shou be so proud.

3 Katie130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Emily and George are truly amazing. Their love of the ponies shows in everything they do. They are happy to educate the public about this critically endangered breed. These are wonderful animals! I have learned much and become a lover of the Newfoundland Poni, thru my visits to Villi Poni Sanctuary.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Villi Poni Farm sanctuary is a place of refuge for the Newfoundland horses and also a place of learning of the plight to save the breed from extinction. From the time I met Emily and George their generosity of heart was obvious. Their kindness towards the two volunteers I support from ​ ​Monadnock Worksource is heartwarming and they are always grateful for any help they receive. Not only is the experience of volunteering for the farm one of being appreciated but it is also enriching, as well. Any question, any opportunity, any showing of interest is met with kindness and teaching. The farm's stewards weave a magical tale of the plight of these beautiful and gentle horses; their caring is palpable. I would recommend a visit for what would surely be an enjoyable and informative experience of a very worthwhile cause. It is my personal feeling that the sanctuary and those involved are making a difference in this world, and that the saving and support of these animals...a beautiful difference. Jan Vanderwood