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

Mission: Villi Poni Farm 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 took in 4 more ponies and a rare line colt who will have a significant positive influence on the breed.

Target demographics: critically endangered Newfoundland Ponies

Direct beneficiaries per year: numerous Newfoundland ponies and provided opportunity for people to interact with them. We also offered a variety of volunteer positions. Our Side by Side Equine Assisted Learning program offers life skills development for the community. Our tours educate and provide enjoyment for people of all ages and walks of life.

Geographic areas served: North America

Programs: We provide a safe haven, while we educate the public and Nfld pony owners on this landrace breed, encouraging conservation breeding practices. At the same time we reach out to protect individual ponies, preserve and work to expand lines both across North America and at our small sanctuary that some ponies call home. We offer tours, and interactive programs that showcase the pony's unique, people-friendly disposition which, along with their athletic ability and rare nature-made genetic health makes saving their future important to ours as well.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

Comments ( 1 )

Villiponifarm 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.

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!

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!

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

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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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this non-profit for a year and am extremely impressed with the work they have done. They are promoting this Newfoundland Pony breed in so many ways.
They have set up a Side-by-Side program, where people and ponies learn together through Equine Assisted Learning. Since the Newfoundland Pony is a Heritage breed, they are involved in bringing the ponies to Heritage Breed events, to show how the ponies were bred to do multiple farm tasks, not just riding. They have created a sanctuary for Newfoundland Ponies, who have been abused or neglected. They have also set up a breeding program, where only full blooded, DNA tested, Newfoundland Ponies will be bred at their farm, in order to continue the positive characteristics of the breed. All of this is being funded entirely by the farm owners and through personal donations of caring individuals. Without these donations, the ponies could not exist.

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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 !!

2

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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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...

4

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!!